Our workshop series went well, despite the winter conditions, as we hosted about ten participants. We’ll be repeating the series with some adjustments of course, probably starting in late July–but do check in here occasionally if you’re interested, as we might do a one-day before then.
As we have a new barn to build(one burned last Oct.), this seasons internship program will take a second seat to that– but there is plenty to be learned here just from doing and helping and living, so if you’re interested in coming and can stay for at least a few weeks, please write me.
One continually astonishing observation for me is how many people remain relatively clueless about what is happening to our larger economic, not to mention ecological systems. Many think the high fuel costs are due to “greedy corporations” (true but only partially) or the low Canadian dollar(also partially true). The mainstream media has been very successful in obscuring–mostly thru omission, that the cheap energy era is gone, over, kaput—and we are not, indeed cannot, go back(tar sands, fracking&deepwater drilling are not cheap!). The same media seems to remain largely clueless that as net energy inputs to the economy are reduced, the system must, by simple physics at the very least, contract–which is the big C word–not to be spoken. So we call it “slowed recovery” or “sluggish growth,” and struggle and puzzle year after year now on how to “fix” it. Meanwhile systems & jobs continue to dissolve, and we don’t talk about why. Permaculture design is most relevant in the context of energy descent(aka contraction)– so if you’re looking for an adaptation strategy(and a deeper understanding), well, you’ve come to the right place, so to speak. Cheers for now, alex
Learn skills required for self-reliance, and you will become much more helpful to yourself and others.
The program will run May through August this year, though we do have an opportunity for someone to come in April and stay through September. The program will be limited to five participants, so please apply early.
Live, work, play, and learn in a permaculture setting–surrounded by the design principles in action. What we do here is integrate the PC design course into the growing season for our small scale(1 acre) market garden, along with the regular chores and projects and maintenance of a working and evolving permaculture garden farm. Some of what you can learn here, besides PC Design, includes working with a draft horse, caring for livestock, milking goats/ making milk products, how to grow, harvest, process and store many vegetables & herbs; making hay and using hand and small power tools for diverse human scale projects, and much more.
Approximately half our time will be spent studying permaculture and implementing small projects, while the other half will be doing farm and market garden work, which includes turns cooking and keeping house. My aim is that you leave here confident enough to begin your own design projects, have a reasonably clear sense of what it takes to live on and run a homestead ecologically(and in a lower energy future), and having had a jolly good time.
We will also look into the “inner landscape” of our own minds a bit through simple sitting meditation(optional), and explore through discussion why that may be even more important than the “outer landscape.”
Fees— as you may know, two week Permaculture Design Courses generally cost around $1000( at least)–we are asking you pay $150 per month, the offset being your work in the market garden. This includes all meals and lodging, and some limited internet and phone time as well. Although we are open to flexible internship arrangements, Design Course Certificates are dependent upon your completion of the whole course, including a design project.
To apply, or for further info, write alex at alexdenicolaathotmail.com