GBAM Virtual Quarterly Event:
Hear about: Penn Forest Natural Burial Park in western PA
Sunday, September 13, 2020
RSVP with Zoom/Register for this engaging event and discussion.
Pete McQuillin, one of Penn Forest’s founders, and cemeterian Laura Faessel have graciously agreed to be our speakers on September 13th for the fall GBAM virtual event. We will:
- Learn the history of Penn Forest and the Returning Home Farm
- Enjoy photos of the property and
- Learn about the day-to-day operation of the cemetery, including adaptations in the time of Covid-19.
Please visit the website www.pennforestcemetery.com.
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 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 more.
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.
Here is a link to the Penn Forest Quarterly Newsletter