PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSES (PDC)
VETC offers VETS_CAFE PDC delivery for veterans in the western regional area granted a nine month to one year program development lead time. We also offer the program once a year at the VETC site in SW Washington. Due to Covid we have cancelled our 2020 training but will offer the course again in 2021. A PDC by a recognized peer facilitator is required for membership in VETC.
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"
Nick Lorax, USMC, presents on natural access and boundary control for the 2012 VETS_CAFE PDC.
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.