Skill Building at the Bullock Permaculture Homestead


When?
The core dates for our 2015 Skill Building Program are Mar. 27 - Oct. 26, but participants are encouraged to arrive earlier and stay later.

What?
Each year we work on different projects. Consequently, the skill building program is different every year. Our projects provide hands-on experience in many of the following skill areas: organic gardening, grafting, pruning, electrical, plumbing, irrigation, metalworking, carpentry, nursery management, pond construction, mushroom propagation, ferrocement construction, canning & food preservation, cooking, working with small animals, plant propagation, bee keeping, pedal-powered machines, solar hot water systems, photovoltaic systems, natural building, mechanical, and more.

A typical day in the life of an participant would probably look like this:

7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Gather with other participants and residents to weed strawberry patch en masse
11:00 Head to kitchen to help prepare lunch for the crew
12:30 Lunch
1:45 Work constructing a new woodshed with a small group
5:45 Take a hot solar shower & relax
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Hanging out around the campfire or quiet evening in the library
10:00 Reading before bed or cribbage 'til dawn!

We work four to five days per week, with the remainder left unscheduled.

Expenses?
We ask each of our participants to contribute $250/month to our land fund, which is used to supply tools and materials for our projects. Participants also share the cost for bulk food not grown here. Opportunities to earn money are plentiful on the island.

Where Would I Stay?
We have numerous tent pads available scattered about the property. We supply the space and a tarp for rain cover; you supply the tent (if needed), mosquito net, sleeping bag, pad, etc. Meals are prepared together in our community kitchen.

Application Procedure & Timeline

If you would like to join our Skill Building Program for the 2015 season, here's your chance!

Before you contact us please read our detailed skill building program description (PDF, 30KB). Note this description has been updated as of September 2014, so you'll want to review if you haven't read it for a while.

If it sounds like a good fit for you, download an application (MS-Word Format, 1.1 MB), fill it out, & send application materials to us. We will be accepting applications until OCTOBER 24, 2014.

As part of planning out your permaculture education you might also want to read Cosmic Bob's Plan for Your Life. This "tongue in cheek" article actually lays out a valid way to approach skill development in a permaculture context.

Skill Building Program Timeframe for 2015 Program

2014 Oct 24: 2015 Skill Building Program Applications due
2014 Nov 07 - Dec 03: Interviews for selected applicants
2014 Dec 08: Inform folks selected for the skill building program and folks who are on the waiting list
2014 Dec 15: Acceptance due from selected participants
2015 Jan 15: Skill Building Program deposit due

Questions?
If you have further questions regarding the skill building program please contact us at .

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