Sought: 1-2 interns/ apprentices or couple for intensive Permaculture design, build, and education experience. You will help with and be supported to:
DESIGN: Analysis, assessment, and whole-site professional permaculture designs for farms, schools, residences, and municipal clients throughout the region. Build skills and experience in client relationships, urban farming and community food security, etc.
EDUCATION: Assist with professional educational programming, help plan, run, and teach multiple Permaculture Design Certification courses, develop public speaking skills, workshops and workshop hosting, lectures and keynotes, and help run an educational farm.
GROWING: Producing food for market, storage, preservation, and (most importantly?) consumption!: organic vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes, vines, winter vegetables. etc.. Nursery production, plant breeding, research, and propagation. Poultry care, organic apiculture (beekeeping), and integrated systems. Rice and aquaculture. CREP/ NRCS riparian reforestation and ecological regeneration, EQIP funded high tunnels, pollinator borders, and cover cropping systems. Build Competence with Farm machinery and biodiesel vehicle use, maintenance, and other regenerative tools.
NATURAL BUILDING, FARM INFRASTRUCTURE, AND DESIGN/ BUILD: Design and build Farm infrastructure: Ecological excavation and earthworks, masonry, concrete work, carpentry, natural insulation (strawbale, cob, woodchip clay, etc.), commercial high tunnels and passive solar greenhouses, geodesic domes, root cellars, food processing facilities, pond and paddy construction, alternative energy, water catchment, spring development, irrigation, barns, timber-framing, small homes, etc.
ALSO: Incredibly beautiful Lamoille River waterfront site on the Rail Trail and Long Trail in a vibrant college town, near a resort. Kind people and great community, arts and activism, many other area farms and allied projects, etc. Our farm also hosts practitioners of healing arts, yoga courses, 'Chef in a Field' events, etc.
THE SKINNY: We are hoping to find individuals/ a couple who already have some proficiency with one or more of the above skill sets who are looking to compliment them with others to better design, implement, and build regenerative resilent whole systems, and/or making them (and permaculture ethics and principles) more accessible to others by delivering excellent education and community service.
We offer eggs, veggies, rustic housing, travel to projects and events, and countless structured and unstructured learning opportunities in exchange for 20-50 hours a week (it will vary and we try to keep a human pace). There may also be stipends for skilled labour and expertise. Strong preference for Permaculture Design Course (PDC) graduates or equivalent. (Although there are ample other opportunities to help and learn- please be in touch.) Preference given to Permaculture Teacher Training and/ or Advanced Permaculture course (APDC) graduates. Preference for folks with some farming, design, building, or education experience. Outdoor education, wilderness, ancient skills, youth mentorship, etc. experience a plus. Enthusiasm or expertise with boating, hiking, biking, rock climbing, naturalists, plant ID, storytelling, tracking, original skills, etc. a plus. Equal opportunity, ALANA, LGBTQF encouraged to apply. Couples and non-traditional couples encouraged to apply singly or jointly. Some child care may be available (or we can at least share!) College Credit may be available through home institution. Thanks for looking and sharing with potentially interested people!