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Permaculture Design Certified


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Sorry it has been soo long since my last entry. Due to a general lack of reliable internet access, being extremely busy with my building project, and having my entire world be turned upside down through heartbreak I just haven't gotten around to keeping this thing up to date. Fortunately, I arrived home this morning and now I have every intention of filling you all in on what has happened in the past month or so. So stay tuned and enjoy :)

First of all I am now officially "permaculture design certified". Not sure exactly what that means in terms of credibility but it sounds cool. The course was a great experience and honestly it was nice to take a break from the ranch work and do something a bit more structured and educational. Within the first couple days I realized that from my alternative upbringing and my college education, I actually already new most of the concepts of permaculture and I didn't even know it. I think I could have a good possibility of getting a permaculture-related job if I wanted, or atleast design my own homestead property someday. During the course I often fantasized about how the concepts could be applied to a theoretical piece of property in Italy ;)
So most of the course was just review of what I already knew with a little elaboration, but it was still great to meet a bunch of new people who came from all around the world to take this course at the ranch. We had a lot of fun together :)

The course culminated in a final design project of a mock piece of property with mock clients. We broke into 4 groups and 2 of the groups had a client who wanted to have a ninja training camp and the other two groups had clients who were Russian porn stars/producers who had a soap making business as a cover-up... Yes you read that correctly, that is really what our final projects were. So as part of the challenge we had to still maintain a level of serious-ness and professionalism despite the absurd topics. Trust me, it was a big challenge for our group as we seemed to be the group with the most silly non-serious people in it and we were assigned the porn clients... haha we sure did have fun. Nonetheless, I think we did a pretty good job designing the property while utilizing the permaculture concepts... and getting very creative with how we incorporated the clients desires ;)

At the end of the course the whole class went on a field trip to visit a couple botantical gardens to learn a bit more (but mostly to collect seeds and plants to bring back to the ranch although this wasn't exactly allowed...). We also drove to the Caribbean coast to spend a day on the beach and a great night of dancing. That night, a few of us decided to sleep in hammocks for $5, I slept very well although this may have been influenced by the free triple shot daiquiris we had at ladies night... Anyway it was a great memorable trip and it was hard to see my fellow permaculturists go their separate ways in the end, but so goes the life of a traveler.


Posted by HanaRose 11:00

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