Hello Friends, farmers, permies, and alternative energy colleagues!
As many of you may know, I have been working hard since 1993 heading up
the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture (IIEA), a
non-profit based in Aptos, California. Our two main projects continue to
be offering Permaculture Design Certification courses and finishing our
book on ethanol as an alternative to oil for transportation titled,
Alcohol Can Be A Gas!. For the next year, we will be focusing most of
our attention on finishing Alcohol Can Be A Gas! and on the subsequent
book tour scheduled for late 2005.
This year's permaculture design course is being operated as a
benefit for the Alcohol Can Be A Gas! Project. I'd like to ask your
help in getting the word out about this course. We are encouraging
folks to take advantage of the upcoming Permaculture Design
Certification Course being held in Nevada City, CA from September 11-26,
2004. We will be designing a 200+ acre site, which currently houses a
residential Quaker high school. We plan on designing the site for food,
energy and income self-sufficiency, along with creating a biological
endowment fund to stabilize the economic base of the school. So if you
have been considering taking a Permaculture Design Course yourself you
may want to take this upcoming course since next year's schedule is
uncertain at this time as we work on book tour commitments.
This course is a great opportunity to learn every facet of
Permaculture and ecological agriculture from the best in the field.
Whether you want to add Permaculture skills to your already existing
landscaping, farming, ranching, environmental, teaching or building
business, start a Permaculture business, help communities to feed
themselves efficiently, earn a decent income on your own land or just
garden and live this lifestyle in your own backyard, this class promises
to be life-changing! This course is rich enough in material for
professionals, yet presented in an easily comprehended format for the
This course includes a one-day intensive workshop on Livestock in
Permaculture Design on September 18 taught by Joel Salatin, an
ecological farming pioneer. You may remember Joel Salatin as the
keynote speaker of the Ecological Farming Conference at Asilomar this
past winter. A few of our many other excellent course leaders are Bob
Theis (international expert on Green Building), Ernest Callenbach
(author of Ecotopia), Larry Korn (editor of the One Straw Revolution)
and Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception.
I would like to share with folks that we welcome work trade and other
creative trades to cover the course tuition. If you are interested in
this amazing permaculture opportunity and would like to do work trade,
we are open to creative suggestions (for example, massage for the course
instructors). Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss this
option. We also are offering a limited number of two for one deals on
tuition (the second person will still be responsible for their food and
We only have a tiny advertising budget for this course and we could
really use your help in getting the word out. I have included an email
announcement below. Feel free to cut and paste this into your own email
and send it to those on your list you think ought to see it. Also, if
you would be interested in posting flyers around your community to aid
in getting the word out about this amazing opportunity, let us know and
we will send them out to you as soon as possible. The flyer is also
available for download on our website at:
We would also
be happy to send a hard copy brochure about the courses to anyone you
think might be interested. Simply contact us with an address. Thanks in
advance for any help you can extend us in getting the word out about
this great course opportunity. I look forward to bringing you news of
the upcoming book tour in the next year.
If you are interested in learning more about our organization and the
courses, check our website at: www.permaculture.com.
For the Earth,
Director- International Institute for Ecological Agriculture.
P.S. You can catch me speaking on Alcohol Fuel at SolFest in Hopland
this year on Saturday, August 21st at 4 pm. I also am doing an
introduction to Permaculture course in Nevada City on August 15th at 4
pm at the main library.
PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE
Nevada City, California -- 9/11-9/26
Get your Permaculture Certification...it will change your life!
What: 15-Day Permaculture Design Certification Course: You will learn
all aspects of Permaculture and use these skills to design a 200+ acre
site for food, energy and income self-sufficiency.
When: September 11-26, 2004
Where: Sierra Friends Center, Nevada City, California
Why: You will learn all aspects of Permaculture and receive your
Permaculture Certification. It will can add value to your business, your
life, your community. Taking this course will increase your skills,
enhance your knowledge, and teach you the skills to live sustainably!
How: Payment of $1477, Save $150-call now. Several Early Bird slots
available. Work trade and other creative trades can help to cover the
course tuition (Please contact us to discuss these options). Course fee
includes a special One-Day Livestock Seminar on Sept. 18th (available to
be taken separately as well), three organic meals a day, and on-site
Who: Offered by International Institute of Ecological Agriculture, in
conjunction with the Sierra Friends Center. Contact us (IIEA) at
831-688-0338, 1-888-PERMACULTURE (888-737-6228), or visit our website at
The link directly to the page with the
course information is:
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