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Action based experiential learning and portfolio development Over 530 hrs of engaged learning experience.... Intensive practical Permaculture & Regenerative Agricultural experience is gained in the remaining 4 weeks through the responsibility of establishing and maintainging new systems. This pioneering stage on the farm, where we are implementing complex systems from scratch and making major design decisions is where you have the opportunity to learn the most. Teaching staff will mentor the interns through these design and decision making processes so that you gain confidence in running and developing a diverse Permaculture project site. We will be planting out thousands of perennial fruits and nuts on a Keyline layout. Other projects we are looking to work on in this internship include installing our RAM pump to allow constantly flowing water to be accessed anywhere on the farm with no electricity, building ferro- cement water tanks, setting up fencing and bringing in animals for intensive grazing and planting thousands of fruit & nut trees and berry bushes. We will also be designing up a natural swimming pool system and other earthworks to make use of roof catchments and plan to make a start on the earthworks. We hope to have the first batches of broiler chickens ready for processing by the end of the internship. We also keep some space to co- design time to meet the groups learning needs.

Preparing for your personal design assignment Hone your design skills... Participants are required to complete diary entries as part of the overall learning experience and portfolio building at ridgedale Permaculture. You will also be spending some time each week working on a private design project and can get regular feedback from a professional designer as well as supportive peer reviews within our learning community. Our extensive teaching experience has shown us that it is protracted observation and design thinking that allow you to synthesize and utilize the broad information we will cover in our time together. We will use time every week to work on a personal extended design assignment. During a PDC most participants find there is not enough time to get into the finer details of design planning, for example generating a Bill of Quantities, budget planning and other research. The aim of this extended design work is to allow for regular feedback with a professional designer as well as supportive peer meetings over many weeks to extend the design work from your PDC, or begin a new design. If you have a site you want to work on then begin taking photographs and looking for topographic maps and aerial photographs. Search Google, Bing or local service for these if you do not have a detailed survey of your property. Public online topographic maps vary greatly from country to country so hunt online and see what you can find. You should also be able to find wind data, rainfall and temperature data easily enough. Take some soil tests, perhaps dig a soil profile pit and take some jar tests to find the composition of the soil. Take photos. If you can you might take some basic chemical analysis. Record species of plants exisiting on your site- can you find out what they might indicate? Basically, you are starting to gather data. Good design responds to both your objectives and the potential of the landscape. If you do not have a place to work on then you are welcome to work on designing systems or portions of the farm here. Have a look at the recommended reading at the end of this booklet and delve deeper into design beforehand if you can. We will have a weekly meeting and brief and you will be guided carefully through this process with the added support from your peers We will be presenting this design work as well as a report and analysis of our learning experience at the end of the internship. This is important as part of our intention is to help you build a portfolio of the work and design you have engaged in. Successful participants will leave with a PDC and 4 specialist course certificates and a learning portfolio with design and practical works recorded.

ridgedale PERMACULTURE Internship Booklet April 2014  

Information Pack for ridgedale PERMACULTURE's April 10 week Project Iniatiator Accelerator training in Permaculture Design, Keyline Design &...

ridgedale PERMACULTURE Internship Booklet April 2014  

Information Pack for ridgedale PERMACULTURE's April 10 week Project Iniatiator Accelerator training in Permaculture Design, Keyline Design &...

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