New York State: Center for Bioregional Living seeks Permaculture Apprentice

9 Mar

Come join us at our Center For Bioregional Living this growing season in our work to heal the human connection and relationship with mother earth.
We are excited to open up our permaculture pursuits, lives and professional work to host and train the next wave of permaculture designers. Andrew Faust, Adriana Magaña and their baby daughter Juniper live on the property along with our cat Max and very soon, chickens and bees.

We are looking for one more advanced permaculture apprentice for the upcoming 2011 growing season. Apprenticeship will be from mid April through October. We ask for four, eight hour days in exchange for top notch food (grown here or sourced from the area, pastured meats, raw dairy…) and a beautiful place to camp. We have one apprentice already confirmed and will have a rotating group of volunteers throughout the season. Preference will be given to those who have completed a Permaculture Design Certification course and/or have experience in one or more of the following: organic market gardening, natural building and carpentry. There is a possibility for a ride share from the city to and from our property on the weekends.

Andrew Faust developed the Center for Bioregional Living almost two decades ago as a way to teach, train, design and create permaculture ways of living well with the Earth. We have been developing our property in Ellenville as a multifaceted permaculture demonstration, experimentation, research and education farm for three years now. We are farming on contour in permanent raised beds, gravity irrigating our gardens from rainwater we catch and hold high in the land on a locally sourced hemlock pole building. Our 1550 gallon tank abundantly supplies all of our gardening needs and will supply the future intern outdoor showers and kitchen as well.

This is our second season of doing market scale vegetable production under the name Juniper Hill Farm. We farm organically (not certified) and sell to many restaurants in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn area. With your help we will be expanding our sales and scope and could offer a small stipend depending on sales. We have a small tractor but do most of the work with hand tools. We also wild craft many herbs and plants from the area and will need help harvesting and drying or preserving.

Apprentices can expect to be doing a lot of weeding, planting, digging, building, learning, grounds keeping, watering, odd jobs around the house, harvesting and take trips to the local swimming hole.

Our other major planting project for this season involves a diversity of unique medicinal and wetland plants including an array of permaculture classics like chestnuts for eating and coppicing, buartnut, heartnut, hardy kiwi, honeyberry, many superb European varieties of currants, elderberries, fruiting quince and mountain ash to name a few.

Other projects will involve: working on creating small ponds and chinampas, many natural building projects including the intern facilities, possible work off-site installing permaculture designs for clients, possible research for bioregional planning and design work.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about doing this work and who we can work well with. This apprenticeship will give you the rare opportunity to help with and learn about all the diverse and synergistic endeavors of our permaculture professions here at our Center For Bioregional Living.

Please get in touch if you are interested or have further questions!

the Center for Bioregional Living
and Juniper Hill Farm
Ellenville, NY

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