Posted by Canyon Cassidy about 1 year ago
So I landed a farm production position at an urban farm in downtown Reno Nevada. It was not originally designed using Permaculture and I did not have permission to alter the farm structurally. My cause was explicitly to manage a season of production and so there were numerous limitations, however after my initial assessments of the farm and careful review of the job requirements, I realized that I had the unique opportuity to practice the principles of Permaculture on an existing organic-urban farm. As I write this it is September 25th, we just turned the corner on the equinox and the feeling of early fall is beginning to set in-night temps are slowly dropping.
While my employment may not meet the requirements to be deemed a "Permaculture project" I was able to expose an array of people to "what is Permaculture?", it's ethics and further to demonstrate to volunteers, staff, managers, the owners and to interested passerbys methods and principles through the seasons. Responses from the local population in a downtown setting was very positive! People came by in great regularity to inquire or simply to thank us for the work done. Some of the random visitors even signed up as volunteers! The experience thus far has proven to me that urban communities benefit greatly from Permaculture and that designers can upgrade existing properties in a number of ways. Adding that the first assessments and the application of pattern seemed to encourage creativity in the design and as a byproduct beauty and resilience was returned to the immediate area.
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|Permaculture Design Certificate|
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Verifying teacher: Neil Bertrando|
|Other Teachers: Dr. Kevin Burls, Kyle Chandler-Isacksen|
|Location: Reno, NV|
|Date: Jan 2015|