Anandi A. Premlall is an Indo-Caribbean Guyanese artivist and leader who is a Certified Permaculture Educator as well as Urban Agriculture Consultant and Environmental Educator. She is based in New York City and inspires positive actions worldwide. Anandi promotes health and community engagement by integrating artistic creativity, holistic wellness practices, and ecological principles of building healing spaces. On International Women's Day, her work was featured on The Female Farmer Project. Her article: The Intersection of Permaculture Ethics was published in Permaculture Design Magazine #98.
While Anandi is considered the consummate eco-agricultural citizen of New York City, her mycelial network stems from Queens, the Caribbean and ancestral India! She is interested in urban solutions as well as rural solutions as she stands with her feet in two worlds. Anandi continues to command further inclusion and support of women and others with diverse backgrounds through my work will alter the face of permaculture leadership and create a reflection for others, in particular young people of color and women of color who may not feel that permaculture is for them due to the appropriation of indigenous cultural practices or may not identify the work they are doing as permaculture. She wants to create opportunities for women and people of color to own land and sustain themselves and their families through an inclusive land trust and enterprises. Anandi is directly involved with co-creating systems of right livelihood where girls and women have abundant resources to support themselves through agriculture.
Anandi is particularly interested in being one of the first Indo-Caribbean women to lead and to be a reflection for the young brown girls in my life and beyond. There are not many women and people of color leading PDCs or trainings. By being the change she wants to see in the world, Anandi is creating a container for new seeds to sprout. She wants to continue sharing and teaching about know we can co-create abundant new systems to grow food for all locally, without toxic pesticides, no genetically modified organisms, and without slave-labor.
Since taking her Earth Activist Training, Anandi:
- Continues to utilize her social permaculture skills to build community online and offline
- Enjoyed being part of the SEED team and leading the organizing for the 2014 Northeast Women in Permaculture Gathering at Omega Institute for Sustainability
- Has been utilizing techniques for agriculture with soil remediation, sheet mulching and lasagna bed gardening, mushroom pilot, composting with chickens, vermicomposting, The Raven Orchard (a chicken orchard) at Earth Matter Compost Learning Center on Governors Island
- Has participated in the North American Permaculture Convergence and drafted 10 requests from the POC community
- Has taught multi-generational women of color how to create seedbombs and distribute through a local Queens MOOC civic ecology class with Cornell University
- Has created and lead a Growing an Urban Food Forest workshop at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Making Brooklyn Bloom conference
- Has inspired Battery Urban Farm to take on creating a new Forest Farm on site through sharing during my Farm Educator apprenticeship
- Has been a part of part of the SEED team and leading the organizing for the 2015 Northeast Women in Permaculture Gathering at Omega during Service Week and the annual gathering in September
- Has been sharing permaculture inspirations through the SustyQ (Sustainable Queens) network