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PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE AUG 14 - AUG 29 2020
*FREE to VETC Members
VETC Membership is $500 with work-trade options for up to $400 value
Registration Opens Spring 2020!
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 campout 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.
The main focus of the Course 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 center and a 22,000sf farm business "loafing shed", 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-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.
Registration is currently open. 2019 Lead Facilitators were 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 others: Our August 2020 PDC leads and guests will be announced in late spring 2020.
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.