My exposure to Permaculture began with growing up in a family of organic farming here in White Hall MD. My family own 125 acres of preserved farmland under the name "Star Bright Farm". My uncle, Drew Norman began his One Straw Farm close to 30 years ago on the neighboring farm; he soon became one of the first Certified Organic commercial farmers in the country. It was from working with him, while growing up, that I learned a passion for agriculture and sharing of land to strengthen community. I then studied at the University of Vermont, where I earned degrees in Community Development and Ecological Agriculture from their College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Courses in ecological agriculture introduced me to Permaculture and systems design. I too a PDC through the university and earned a design certificate from Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture Design.
Now we are beginning a commercial farm operation at Star Bright Farm, based on principals of permanent crop systems and Keyline Design. We are a young operation, but have made great strides in our first year and have an amazing canvas of land to work with to create a reciprocal farm system.
It is the work of a lifetime to share with family and community.
|UVM Permaculture Design|
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Teacher: Keith Morris|
|Location: Burlington, Vermont|
|Date: Oct 2014|