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2020 VETS_CAFE PDC
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
AUG 14 - AUG 29 2020
"HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTH IS"
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After much consideration and extended logistics review we have decided that we will not be hosting a permaculture course this year. VETC membership and volunteers currently on tap mean alot to VETC and the VETS_CAFE program. Many of our current members are parents, and many of them single parents. Holding a two week course would require them to find childcare, and risk exposure to covid-19 while engaging with other members outside their quartine team. VETC will continue working with the current skeleton crew, developing the grounds, programming, and plans for post covid implementation.
Permaculture is a design method deeply informed by Ecological Literacy - "Eco-literacy". Eco-literacy is the ability to observe and comprehend the patterns and principles which drive the life sustaining systems of planet Earth. Eco-literacy provides insight and points of engagement which positively effect patterns of ecological assembly and function. Ultimately, the resilience and endurance of human communities are bound to ecosystems function, and their appropriate management is the center of human cultural resilience.
In our intensive 2-week intensive off-grid Permaculture camp-out you will engage in 80 hours of topics outlined in the Permaculture Institute of North America's Core Permaculture Curriculum. In addition to one of kind field trips, community events, and check-ins with some of the regions finest old school, renegade, and experimental ecological designers, youll be served farm fresh food and get to talk with the producers who grow it- all while camping with a group of vets who, like you, are ready to work with a team to turn the tide of farm land loss and create a resilient, local, diverse, and inclusive food system.
A focus of the Course Design Work will be detailing our kitchen gardens and campgrounds, laying the the foundation for a 10ac 40+site campground with a Civilian Conservation Corps style kitchen. This will include design of tent platforms and lean-to's, a gazebo, trails edged by native edible, and and the camp kitchen with all the fixin's- appropriate technology style. Cob oven, hotbox heaters, Zeer food coolers, and a small solar power station.
Veterans will walk away with a greater sense of ecological literacy, an opportunity to pre-qualify for Enterprise for Equities (E4E) Agriprenuer Business Training Program. Veterans who build a business plan may apply to the VETC Stewardship Committee for a spot in VETC's Farm Incubator, and with E4E's Business plan in hand may apply for a low interest business loan of up to $25k to get started- veterans taking our PDC and completing a business plan with E4E could feasibly join theVETC Stewardship Committee and begin producing in the VETC Ag Incubator as early as Spring of 2021.
2020 Facilitators will include Deston Denniston, MS.Ag, and Rick Valley, PINA Diplomat and others. Our complete list of the August 2020 VETS_CAFE PDC facilitators and guests will be announced by early summer 2020.
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ON August 29, 2020 we will be hosting the Washington State Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC-WA) State Chapter Dinner. We will be roasting a pig, and farmers from around the state will be joining us with their farm fresh produce to lay down a spread of epic proportions for our graduation ceremony! More info to come.
Who We Are
VETS_CAFE is a registered Trademark used under agreement with VETC (501(c)3) for promotional purposes. VETS_CAFE works as a leader in regenerative farm design, conservation & consulting. VETC conservation, agriculture, forestry, and ecology training programs work with teams of veterans and allies to design, build, and enjoy community conservation and agriculture projects and veteran farms. VETC's vision is of a network of local and regional farms and farmers who stabilize regional food systems.