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Join us for our next
 Virtual Quarterly Event

Hear about: Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in western PA.

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Time: 2-3:30 pm
Join us and RSVP with Zoom for this engaging event and discussion.

In January 2008, Pete McQuillin and his wife, Nancy Chubb, started Green Burial Pittsburgh, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides green burial education and advocacy in western Pennsylvania.  Then, in 2011, Pete and Nancy, along with 18 other investors and countless volunteers, opened Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in Verona, PA, which is a GBC certified Natural Burial Ground. Pete has been the cemetery manager there since then, but Laura has recently taken over the manager’s position.

In addition to the cemetery, Penn Forest also runs Returning Home Farm, a sustainability demonstration project that includes livestock (goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, bunnies, honeybees and Jingles the donkey), farm-to-table gardens and events for the public, such as yoga with goats, birds and bees education, tree ID walks and many others.

Laura Faessel has assisted Pete McQuillin stewarding Penn Forest Natural Burial Park for three years. She has her BA in Environmental Studies from Slippery Rock University. She was recently promoted to cemetery manager.

    We will also hear brief updates from two groups establishing dedicated natural burial grounds in Maryland. 

On September 13th for the fall GBAM virtual event. We will:

  • learn the history of Penn Forest and the evolution of Returning Home Farm
  • enjoy photos of the property 
  • learn about the day-to-day operation of the cemetery, including adaptations in the time of Covid-19. 

Visit The Inspired Funeral for creative ways to adapt in the time of Covid.
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