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Vermont groups and guilds:
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Other Vermont links
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Calendar of NE Regional Permaculture Events
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2013 Prospect Rock Permaculture and Burlington Permaculture Design Certification CourseJuly 21- August 2Willow Crossing FarmJohnson, VT
Prospect Rock Permaculture
are pleased to offer our Fifth-Annual summer
Permaculture Design Certification
course. This year our course will be even further immersed in ecology and practice: held at Willow Crossing Farm- a regenerative organic family farm and now decade-old permaculture project on the beautiful Lamoille River and Vermont’s Long Trail.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
This two week residential intensive course goes above and beyond the internationally recognized standard curriculum with focus on
Community Resilience, Social Justice, Food Security, Farm Design, Transition, Environmental and Outdoor Education, Natural Building, Horticultural Therapy, Community/ Commercial Scale Production and Propagation, Appropriate Farm Machinery and Tools
, and visits to the vibrant farms, homesteads, nurseries, and ethical businesses that contribute to the re-surging agricultural economy of this most Fertile Valley of Northern Vermont.
Almost 100% of the food served during the course will come from our farm and immediately local farms visited during the course. With abundant opportunities to see, practice, and implement permaculture solutions at varying scales, thorough grounding in the process of design and first-hand study of ecology, and led by some of the most experienced designers, farmers, and educators in Vermont and the nation- this course affords opportunities for development and engagement in personal and community abundance and security like no other.
Hands-on Design and Co-Creation of Vibrant, Wholly Nourishing Human Landscapes:
Together, we’ll engage in whole-systems ecological design and implementation of permaculture solutions for a multi-use community garden specifically focused on the needs of food-insecure Vermonters. Learn alongside students, architects, activists, community planners, homesteaders, farmers, business owners, and others while engaging in real world design problems, and being immersed the wild and cultivated beauty of a permaculture site. Each student will also be guided in generating and presenting a design for a site of their own choosing.
Our approach explores the way human beings- as individuals and communities- can participate in the creation of ethical, socially just, and ecologically regenerative perennial support systems. We apply the sciences of Ecology, Anthropology, Ethnobiology, and Evolution to agriculture, the built environment, and social and economic organization (‘invisible structures’) by integrating plants, animals, buildings, people, communities, economies, and the landscapes that surround us through careful analysis and thoughtful design. We also practice permaculture ethics, principles, techniques, and skills by collaborating on real-world projects with an eye towards repairing, restoring, and regenerating human ecosystems.
We welcome graduates of other permaculture design courses to refresh their certification, gain new perspective and experience, build their networks, and advance their practice with the Advanced Permaculture Design and Teacher/ Facilitator Training opportunities available at this site and through this course.
Permaculture is a design science focused on the intersection of social and ecological health. We explore the relationships between the built environment, food security, energy, water, and natural communities, in order to retrofit this infrastructure to respond to the confluent crises of the 21st century with localized resilience, abundance, and ecological regeneration. Build your skills and capacity by taking part!
Our dynamic natural site in the midst of an agriculturally vibrant area affords ample opportunities to study and observe wild ecology, fruit, nut, vegetable, and medicinal herb production, natural/ alternative beekeeping poultry care, natural building, alternative energy, community-scale resilience, etc. In addition to all farm sourced food, immersion in wild ecology, radical sustainability- the site offers us the opportunity to
swim, hike, paddle, and camp
in the beauty and inspiration of Vermont summer.
All farm sourced, local organic meals, travel to field trips, canoe and kayak use, and camping accommodation is included in the course cost of $1600. There are other lodging options available at additional cost. There are limited opportunities for professional development grants, work trade, scholarships, and other financial aid. Discounted registration for groups, couples, referrals, and travel to the course by boat, bike, foot, or other non motorized means, is available. This course has historically filled quickly, please contact us to reserve your space as soon as possible.
This course is available for
5 credits through the University of Vermont
, and is the only farm-based fully accredited permaculture design course in the northeast. Approximately 1/4 of the group will be credit earning students ~3/4 are community members taking a stand alone PDC.
This course qualifies for the Vermont Green professional development grants- Vermont residents may be eligible for aid from VSAC. Vermont Women Farmers are eligible for assistance from
, The Women's' Agriculture Network.
Prospect Rock Permaculture Design Certificaiton
Only 3 spaces left in this summer's course!
...we'd love to fill them with folks who value the unique opportunities this course affords- so please SHARE this with friends, networks, activists, organizers, growers, builders, and designers.
Read on for details about joining us for free open lectures and guest presentations- all are welcome!
ABOUT THE SITE:
Willow Crossing Farm is Vermont's longest established permaculture research and education facility, and the only debt-free 'financial permaculture' working farm we're aware of. Its a family-run homestead; organic fruit, nut, and medicine nursery; wildlife refuge and pollinator sanctuary; natural building and regenerative infrastructure experimentation site; and venue for farm dining, education, and music.
We host one of the most diverse collections of tree crops and other multi-use plants anywhere- providing unique opportunities to practice permaculture directly hands-on, and to immerse yourself in wild ecology. Our location allows us close working relationships with (and to visit) some of the nation's leading herb farms, organic seed companies, winter vegetable production operations, farm restaurants, and other food-system revolutionaries- as well as immediate adjacency some of the best hiking, boating, biking, and rock-climbing around!
ABOUT THE STUDENTS:
Graduates of all of Prospect Rock Permaculture's various programs comprise the nation's largest PDC alumni network! Our leading permaculture design certification courses attract an incredible diversity of students from all over the world: Architects, Landscape Architects, Farmers, Homesteaders, Activists, Town and City Planners, Food Systems Workers, Extension Agents, Children and Adult Educators, Community Activists, Social Entrepreneurs, Graduate and Undergraduate Students, Renewable Energy Specialists, Builders, complete 'Noobs', and folks traveling from all over the country typically comprise our groups.
The curriculum is specially designed to simultaneously accommodate the many students who seek us out for 'refesher' or second PDCs- seeking Advanced Permaculture Design Opportunities or looking to develop their skills as Permaculture Educators.
ABOUT THE TEACHING TEAM:
Prospect Rock and Burlington Permaculture comprise the most experienced team of educators, researchers, designers, builders and growers presently delivering courses in North America.
Lead instructor Keith Morris has created ecological design education programs for the University of Vermont, Sterling College, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, Paul Smiths College, and has worked with the State of Vermont in developing permaculture education for public schools. He's implemented permaculture projects throughout North and South America, in Europe, New Zealand, and West Africa- working with farms, towns, schools, indigenous peoples, squats, activists, and in solidarity with exploited populations.
has studied and practiced permaculture all over the world, including working with Geoff Lawton, Darren Doherty, Ben Law, Jerome Ostentowski, Peter Bane, Dan Hemenway, and more. He is presently writing a book on Coppice Agroforestry with Dave Jacke.
completed her Earth Activist Training (EAT), and brings her formidable experience in community scale permaculture design, social entrepreneurship, activism, and experiential education.
is an accomplished nursery woman, artist, ethnobotanist, and community organizer. She completed her PDC with Penny Livingston Stark and helped co-create Permacorps International while working on the ground in Haiti.
is the co-author of the book Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide (South End Press) and is the co-founder of the Radix Center, teaching ecological literacy and deomnstrating sustainable techniques for urban areas.
We'll also be joined by the region's leading growers, designers, food-systems workers, natural builders, herbalists and more in our annual community celebration of the proof and possibilities of permaculture design.
Feel free to join us for a meal, design presentations, or guest lectures free and open to the public- our tradition that we are proud is starting to catch on with other PDCs!
ABOUT THE FOOD!
Head chef Emily Wheeler is a clinical herbalist, Permaculture Design Course graduate, and specialized in creating culinary works of art from seasonal local organic food to deeply nourish us all. As Emily is also a member of the teaching team- the meals, food sourcing, modern nutritional science, food preservation, wild-crafting, and localvore innovations are central to the course experience. We are happy and experienced in meeting the needs of gluten or dairy intolerant, vegetarians and vegans, food allergies, and other special diets.
Many people have expressed interest in the last few open spaces in the course- we will fill them based on first come, first served upon receipt of the deposit.
For details or to register, please visit www.ProspectRock.org, call (802) 734-1129, or email Keith@ProspectRock.com.
If you don't end up with a space in this course- we are happy to announce we will be hosting Starhawk, Charles Williams, and all the members of the teaching team above (yes- including the food!) for our first
EARTH ACTIVIST TRAINING! September 7-21, 2013.
An 'EAT' is a two-week permaculture design certificate course with a focus on organizing and activism, and a grounding in earth based spirituality. Explore the strategies and organizing tools we need to make our visions real, and the daily practice, magic and rituals that can sustain our spirits.
Most excitingly, this will be the first time we've had Starhawk in Vermont in a few years and she'll be joined by awardees of the recent Gender and Diversity Permaculture Educator scholarship. This course is filling quickly, please reserve your space soon if you are interested.
Please like us on facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to receive notifications of free guest lectures, farm tours, or to receive details about our workshop series- including the upcoming Artisan Stone Masonry and Permaculture Earthworks, and Natural Beekeeping, including hands-on work with Warre and Top Bar Hives.
Vermont Permaculture Network Discussion at the 2011 Northeast Permaculture Convergence in High Falls, NY
Notes compiled by Mark Krawczyk
- Eric Garza - Burlington, Ben Falk - Moretown, Keith Morris - Johnson, Connor Stedman - Burlington, Ruth - Brattleboro, Mark Krawczyk - Burlington, ..... and??
We discussed some of the gaps in communication between the more developed permaculture networks in northern Vermont and the growing movement in the southern part of the state. It seems as if there is a good opportunity for folks in southern Vermont to continue to build a strong coalition with people in MA's Pioneer Valley while also reaching out collectively to connect with groups in New Hampshire.
Resources in Southern Vermont -
Transition Manchester, Bennington, Brattleboro
2nd year of the PDC in Brattleboro
Spirit Hollow in Shaftsbury
Akaogi rice farm in Putney
Traditional/Primitive Skills groups
Darrow Farm in Putney
the Putney School
David Young in Bennington
We saw White River Junction as a potential hub with an active movement that may be a good point of unification.
Vermont Permaculture gathering/retreat? - perhaps in White River Junction?
Update Vermont wiki page on NEPC wiki
More opportunities to better develop the social aspects of permaculture
- connect with Abenaki and indigenous inhabitants
More stakeholders with experience and the ability to help direct local organization
On-going projects people can latch on to, observe, and learn from
Vermont Permaculture revolving loan fund and grants from 2009 NE Permaculture gathering
We went on to meet with the New Hampshire group and discuss how we might better network with them to consolidate our local organizing. We continued to discuss the idea of a more 'local' annual gathering that might rotate host sites to bring visibility to permaculture in each area and also rally folks who might not otherwise be involved.
What happens at the event/gathering?
Open space discussions
Something project oriented
The larger theme addressing a need to 'Retrofit the Existing Infrastructure'
Many of us supported the idea of a discussion/design charette of sorts used to discuss people's ideas of what to do with Vermont Yankee?
This could create a positivist forum for people of different political backgrounds and philosophies to gather and discuss how we can turn this regional problem into a point from which to work together
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The Importance of Landscape Design for Your Property
to celebrate beauty and style. Don't think that landscaping refers only to trimming trees, mowing your lawn or planting flowers! They are indeed important tasks, but a landscaping
has to transform the
into a great living place. Creativity and imagination have to rule in order to offer the best results. And size doesn't matter, because a small lawn can be
just as well as a huge one.
The Importance of Landscape Design for Your Property
Landscape Design - Using Garden Art
Including art in your garden
can be loads of fun and bring a unique quality to your outdoor spaces. Whether your selections are flamboyant or subtle, a small decorative piece or a major work, artwork of any kind in your garden can create a major point of interest for visitors and an ongoing source of inspiration for you.
For many people the idea of selecting garden art can be quite daunting so they hurry the process or avoid all together. Art has been closely linked with garden
since early civilisations and still today has an integral garden
function to play. With the right state of mind you can find the perfect piece of art to complement the mood of your outdoor world, no matter its size or layout, that will bring you pleasure for many years to come.
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