Intro To Permaculture
In partnership with GRuB Victory Farms, as part of our USDA Begining Farmer Rancher Development Program Grant offerings, we will hold two online Introduction to Permaculture classes in 2021.
Wednesdays Jan 27 & Feb 17
Saturdays Mar 20 and Apr 10
Links will be operational for registration by mid January.
Nick Lorax, USMC, presents on natural access and boundary control for the 2012 VETS_CAFE PDC.
2021 PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC)
With a fairly good chance that Covid restrictions will have been lifted by this summer, we are organizing to host Live-and-In-Person a 2021 Summer & Fall Weekends PDC. This will be a hands on opportunity to both develop skills and build community. PDC graduates who develop a business plan with our our partners at Enterprise for Equity and/or the Northwest Agriculture Business Center will be able to submit that plan for developing a business with our 120ac #VetsFarm, a Conservation, Agriculture, Forestry and Ecological Design business incubator for Veterans. Sponsored allies (Significant Others, Immediate Family Members, Business Partners and Caretakers) may also join the certification course.
The course dates will be Saturdays and Sundays: July 10/11th, 17/18th, and 30th & August 1st, 14/15th, 30/31st, September 11/12th. 25/26th, and October 9th.
Facilitators and registration information will be posted in March 2021.
Timber, Non-Timber Products, Conservation,
Education, and Recreation
Partnering with WSU Extension Small Forestry, the Washington state Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, USDA/NRCS, Stihl Corp, and other qualified organizations, VETC is arranging our first foray into the woods. If you are a veteran land owner with an warm and well seasoned passion or a kindling interest, this will be a chance for you to meet and inquire and learn with some of the regions best. This series will be include casual walkabouts in local timber stands owned by veterans, each with a different management priority. From VETC's Educational and Recreational holdings to Designated Forestry Lands held by the Loucks Family, to Conservation holdings and horse trails Held by the Newman Family, we will explore different priorities and management practices through 2-4 hour casual site walk through with local foresters and industry pros. We well also be having a chainsaw maintenance training day with Professionals from Stihl Corporation. Don't worry if your equipment isn't Stihl; two stroke power-heads is the focus, whether chainsaws, weedwhackers, or whatever!
Our first walk through is June 5 at the VETC farm. Following dates are June 19, July 24, August 9 and September 18th.
Registration will be posted in March with more details TBA!
GOATS SHEEP PIGS CATTLE AND RABBITS- OH MY!
Managed Intensive Grazing
We are setting up a series of Managed Intensive Grazing workshops for 2021. This five-part series will cover Fencing, Forage, Forbes and Grass growth, Nutrition and more to develop your livestock systems and help you reach management goals. We haven't got hard dates set yet, but will be announcing the schedule in March. Stay Tuned!
Internships do not require membership in VETC; they are offered in conjunction with Partners and Institutions of Higher Learning for the benefit of veterans and the land we live on. As internships come on line they will be announced by partners and included in updates to our Social Media.
From a focus on individual species to holistic habitat conservation and management, working with partners such as Conservation Northwest and the Center For Natural Lands Management, we offer internships and internship support ranging from Wildlife and Game Tracking to Garry Oak Savanna and Prairie restoration., as well as wetlands management and regenerative agriculture and silviculture. In fact, no internship at VETC is complete without a conservation approach- all of the following internship offerings also include conservation as a core value.
Interested in staring a farm? Committed to "beyond organic" practices? Our Farm internships provide space to learn and grow. With Food Bank production and small scale livestock management as core skill building activities, you can work through the basics and move into deep knowledge of integrated practices such as cover cropping, no-till, and managed intensive grazing practices, which will, when you are ready, provide a firm ground for the launch of your production career.
Our 60ac+ forest provides an ample lab for your skills improvement. Farms across the region have shelter belts, woodlots, windrows, and riparian zones that require management. Build the skills necessary to maintain healthy productive stands and most importantly, go home and sleep in your own bed. Forestry is one of the handful of professions that is more dangerous than being n the armed forces. Learn to use the tools safely and effectively so you can rest assured that your work is done well and safely.
ECOLOGICAL DESIGN INTERNSHIPS
Did you know that one acre of grain can produce enough fiber to build a 2000sf home in one year, about 1/20 of what it takes for a forest acre to make enough wood to do the same? Extra Points: Strawbale is are also insulative, and stick frame isn't. Whether you are interested in Solar Power, the energy solution that rises every day, or you are down to earth and want to build homes of earth, our Ecological Design Internships meet the standard of the axiom, "There is no reason to fear slowing down. We have the technology"
In the words of a VETS_CAFE PDC Graduate:
"The biggest takeaway for me was a newfound understanding and enthusiasm for the importance of a secure food systems. The lessons were simple, practical, and applicable. Together, we built a garden that demonstrated the principles that we were taught, which in turn encouraged our creativity- a truly revolutionary action. The experience has solidified my belief that living in and with nature is the secret to happiness."
WRAY HARRIS, Army, OIF, VETS_CAFE 2012 Graduate, and Founding member of the Central Oregon Veterans' Ranch.