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PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE AUG 16 - SEP 1
Cost: Free to Member* Veterans.
*Membership is $500 with work-trade options for up to $400 value
Permaculture is a design method which is 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. To be eco-literate is to comprehending the principles and the patterns of ecological assembly which ecological communities (i.e. ecosystems) require for life, and to use those principles and patterns for creating human communities which place responsible ecosystems management at the center of human cultural resilience.
In our intensive 2-week intensive off grid campout you will engage in 80 hours of topics outlined in the Permaculture Institute of North America's Core Permaculture Curriculum, as well engage in one of kind field trips, eat fresh local food, talk with some of the producers who grow it, and get to check in with some of the regions finest old school, renegade, experimental ecological designers -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.
The main focus of our Design Work will be laying the foundation for the site designs of our 120ac farm, to include food-forest/orchard/agroforestry systems, a 10ac 40+site campground, a 22,000sf community centerand a 22,000sf farm business workshop, and 4ac homestead site with a farm "break room" diner.
Veterans will walk away with a greater sense of ecological literacy, an opportunity to pre-qualifyfor 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 (more info TBA), and are 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 feasible start producing in the VETC incubator as early as Spring of 2020.
Registration is currently open. Lead Facilitators include Deston Denniston, MS.Ag, and Rick Valley, PINA Diplomat. Guest instructors include: Mike Maki, Agroforestry Consultant; Pat Rasmussen, Principal, Edible Forest Gardens; Dan Barth, Patriot Shellfish LLC, and more TBA.
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.