Local farm offers advanced course in sustainable living

Apr 21, 2012

Local sustainability teachers will team up this June to offer a 2-week intensive in Permaculture design.

As Seattle's Beacon Food Forest makes nation-wide news (see link to NPR story below), some of those same players will be teaching their edible perennials craft at nearby, Shambala Farm and Nursery on Camano Island.

Permaculture is the design of sustainable human habitats (including food, water, shelter, energy, etc) and the upcoming class is a Design Course based on an internationally-recognized curriculum.

During the two week camp-out, participants will enjoy a farm-based classroom setting, be able to learn from regional experts in food production, animal husbandry, and 'homestead' skills-building, and be certified to use the word 'Permaculture' in their work.

Interactive learning will be combined with lectures and assigned final team design projects.

The nationally recognized Beacon Food Forest is the outcome of a similar final project at a past Design Course.

Nancy and Nick Chase of Shambala Farm offer an ideal environment for this advanced learning to take place.

Like many people with acreage on Camano Island, they are seeking to make more on-site income in a sustainable manner. They currently offer Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable shares, have an abundant nursery of perennial vegetables, house numerous livestock and host a thriving internship and outreach program to help spread education and empower others to be farmers and home gardeners.


Free Event:

Herbal Spiral Workshop, May 12, 10 a.m.-noon

Join Natasha Clarke for an in-depth study regarding design and implementation of an herb spiral in your own back yard! Bring your questions and evolve ideas of what herbs might suit your needs and interests. Taste test yummy herbal delights, teas and honey tinctures, for inspiration about making your own herbal creations!  Space for 12 people please RSVP to nancy@ShambalaFarm.com or 360-387-4110.


Permaculture Design Course Details:

Dates: June 6-20

More info: attached flyers are also available at http://www.ShambalaFarm.com

Course Instructors: Kelda Miller (http://divinearthgp.com) and Jenny Pell (http://permaculturenow.org) were instructors in the course that inspired the Beacon Food Forest. Marilene Richardson (http://songcroft.com) will be hosting a mid-course camp-out at her productive and beautiful homestead outside Snohomish. Tyler Burns, lead intern at Shambala Farm, will be assistant teaching the course.


Shambala Farm open hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturdays 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Link to NPR story: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/02/29/147668557/seattles-first-urban-food-forest-will-be-free-to-forage


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