Education

Next Volunteer Educator Training: April 3rd, 2010

When: 
Apr 3 2010 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Kids in Greenhouse with Education Intern Alycia Bouyanan

Do you have a passion for working with kids in an outdoor setting? Are you excited to learn about sustainability while passing on your knowledge to the next generation? Then get involved in our Hands-On Sustainability youth education program by becoming a 'Volunteer Educator.' Now recruiting volunteers for 2010.

Volunteer Educator Position Description
(possible internship or independent study credit available)

Our Hands-on Sustainability Program engages youth ages preschool through college in an interactive farm tour and hands-on activities and lessons on specific sustainability and ecology themes (gardening, natural building, forest ecology, restoration, etc.). There are opportunities for volunteers to develop ongoing relationships with groups that visit regularly.

Volunteer Educators will lead youth field trip activities at Tryon Life Community Farm using activities from TLC Farm's Curriculum (examples here) and their own creativity.

Volunteer Training:

Training for each volunteer educator includes attending a training session and observing / co-teaching 1-2 classes before being the primary teacher for visiting students.

Sign up for our next Volunteer Training! April 3, 2010 Contact emily(at)tryonfarm.org to register. Training is free and lunch will be provided.

Volunteer Commitment: We are now recruiting volunteers who can commit to leading regular field trips throughout the winter and spring (although a longer commitment would be great!) Each volunteer will commit to leading a trip twice per month. We can arrange your commitment based upon your current schedule and the requests we get from interested youth groups and schools. Field trips are usually scheduled 9am and 5pm, Tuesdays-Saturdays.

 

Requirements: Volunteers must have prior experience working with youth in an educational setting. Experience with sustainability education is a plus, but not required. Must be willing to have a background check if you do not currently work within a school system or other employer where it was recently required.

For more information please contact Emily Gowen, Youth Education Coordinator.

Email: emily (at) tryonfarm.org

Cell: 802.399.6426

Farm Phone: 503.245.3847

Permaculture Design Course: June 11-27

TLC PDC 2010

TLC Farm will be hosting a full 72-hour Permaculture Design Course this summer. This course will be a two-week intensive that will meet from June 11th to 27th. The course can be taken as residential, or not. The fee for the non-residential option is $1000 - 850 sliding scale. The fee for the residential option is $1300 -1100. Limited work trade may be available.

More about the course: A Permaculture Design Course explores sustainable human habitation. We begin with the ethics and principles of permaculture which support a philosophical reverence for life and provide a framework for making healthy choices. The objective of a Permaculture Design Course is to provide a comprehensive overview of sustainable futures, based on permaculture philosophy, techniques, and strategies that one could incorporate into their everyday life, or enhance their career. These courses provide hands-on experience. The intention is to facilitate a systems approach to thinking about different issues, encouraging care for the earth and its inhabitants as a diverse community.

Topics Include: * Permaculture Philosophy & Ethics * Permaculture Principles * Concepts and Themes in Design * Permaculture methodology * Pattern Understanding * Reading the Landscape * Climatic Factors * Edible Landscaping & Organic Gardening * Trees and their Energy Transactions, Tree Crops * Water, Water Harvesting * Soils & Composting * Earthworking and Earth Resources * Natural Building * Animal Husbandry * Urban Permaculture * Appropriate Technology * Intentional Communities * Sustainable Forestry & Agroforestry * Ethnobotany/ethnoecology * Plant Propagation * Ecosystem & Native Plant Restoration * Mycology * Permaculture Networks * Bioregionalism * Local Economics * Ecological Design * Ecovillages * And more..

For more information about this course, please email permaculture@tryonfarm.org or call Matt Bibeau at 503-245-3847.

Instructor Bios: Marisha Auerbach will be the lead instructor of the course. Marisha has been practicing, studying, and teaching permaculture in the Pacific Northwest for the past decade. She encourages sustainable futures through sharing knowledge with others on a variety of topics including: permaculture, polyculture gardening, seed saving, flower and gem essences, local economics, community building, ethnobotany, herbalism, edible landscape design, and organic gardening among others.

Matt Bibeau is an active resident at TLC Farm and received his Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning from PSU in 2008 and is also a certified Permaculture Designer and Teacher.

Leonard Barrett is a designer, contractor, and entrepreneur specializing in productive urban landscapes and regenerative human habitats. (http://barrettecological.com/)

TLC Farm PDC Application

Full and Preferred Name:
Address:
Phone:
Email:

1. What is your experience with permaculture? What do you hope to do with
this certification?

2. Do you have any dietary restrictions or allergies that we should know
about?

3. Do you have any medical conditions or physical limitations that we should know about? (TLC Farm is not currently an ADA-accessible site, so any alter-abled students should let us know about their needs and concerns).

4. Are you applying for the residential (camping) or non-residential (commuting) option?

5. How did you hear about the course?

Community Sustainability Immersion Program: July 31 - Aug. 20

interns processing plums

Another world is possible!  How do we create it, grow it, preserve it, share it?  How do we come into relation with ourselves and the land, nourishing our bodies, minds and spirits with the food and wisdom we create together?

These are the questions (and answers!) explored by TLC Farm's Community Sustainability Immersion Program - a dynamic experience of community learning and sharing.

Located at TLC Farm's unique seven-acre community farm in Portland, Oregon,  this program immerses participants in a wholistic approach to  sustainability and permaculture systems.  The program combines theory, practice, innovation and adventure to introduce participants to the principles of permaculture, natural building, community process and organic gardening, with a focus on local food and plant medicine. 

TLC Farm's immersion program consists of a three-week summer session, from July 31 to August 1, which will immerse ten participants, 18 and older, in a hands-on, holistic approach to sustainable living and community.  Read about last year's program in their awesome blog: www.tryoninternship09.blogspot.com 

Interns will tend, harvest and preserve food from the animals and garden, learn to make medicine from wild and cultivated plants, visit urban & rural sustainable farms, and much more! Tuition, room & board: $1,600. ($1,500 if signed up by June 15). Courses will be taught by TLC Farm teachers and local experts.

Each program participant will come away from this program with a set of skills which will be increasingly useful in our changing climate and economy and will a personalized action plan, supported by community mentors. A limited number of work-trade scholarships are available. Please contact intern@tryonfarm.org or call 503-245-3847 for more information about the program and registration. Application instructions are available at http://tryonfarm.org/share/node/687.

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More Details about TLC Farm's Sustainable Community Immersion Program

1. Community living: Program participants will experience communal life on two levels. You will create a community and be responsible for collective decision-making, meal preparation, conflict resolution, etc. In addition, the community of interns will interact with, and be supported by, Cedar Moon, the intentional community at TLC Farm.

2. Outdoor living: The program is an immersive, outdoor experience. You will live in tents, wash in outdoor showers, cook in a outdoor kitchen, and have most classes and work experience outdoors. There will be an indoor space for reading, research and chill time with computers and a library. While Portland has a well deserved reputation for rain, summers are often quite dry especially from July through September.

3. Hands-on work and Theory:  The program includes a balance of lectures & discussions with hands-on experiential learning and field trips. Over time, the hands-on work will become increasingly self-directed.

4. Food preparation and sharing:  You will be provided with ingredients and suggestions as needed, and will collaboratively create and implement a cooking and cleaning schedule. TLC Farm is primarily a vegetarian community: we have chickens and dairy goats for eggs and milk and grow much of our own food.

5. TLC Farm location & history : A unique seven-acre farm surrounded by a 700-acre state park in Portland, Oregon, TLC Farm demonstrates how sustainable living techniques can further goals often perceived as contradictory: urban density of human habitat inside the growth boundary, combined with not only conservation of natural resources and public greenspace, but actual enhancement of native ecosystems. TLC Farm was born out of a community effort to save the land from development and turn it into a community space for sustainability education. This land now functions as a gathering place, sustainability education facility, community center and retreat – all within a bike ride from downtown Portland.

6. Work Study positions:  There are four work-study positions provided for the program. Food coordinators will help the  create menus for each week based on food available at the farm, coordinate cooking and cleaning schedules, and manage the community kitchen. Scribes will take notes and photographs of all aspects of the program and use these to create a blog during the program. Work trade positions will require approximately 10 hours of work per week.

Keywords: permaculture, sustainability, sustainable, garden, food, plant spirit medicine, summer internship, summer internship, camping, Oregon, PNW, NW, Portland, farm, forest.

Community Sustainability Immersion Program Application

Bloom 2008- Making Falafel

Please copy and paste the following application questions into a word processing program, and then send to Matt and Brenna at intern@tryonfarm.org once completed. We look forward to hearing from you!

TLC Farm’s Sustainable Community Program: 2010 Intern Application

1. Personal Information Name: Address: E-mail: Phone number: Date of birth:

2. Please provide us with a ~1 page autobiographical essay to let us know where you're coming from (geographically and experientially).

3. Why do you think the TLC Farm Intern program is a good fit for you? What attracted you to the program?

4. How do you envision implementing the concepts, knowledge and skills learned during the Community Sustainability program when you return home?

5. What is your previous experience “roughing it”, ie living in tents, off the grid, without many modern conveniences or prepared foods, etc? Does this sound appealing or appalling?

6. Please describe any health issues, allergies or dietary restrictions.

7. Do you have experience living in community? How do you approach and resolve conflict?

8. How did you learn about the Sustainable Community Immersion program?

9. Please provide any other information you would like us to know.

Work-trade scholarship applicants:

1. Please explain your current financial situation and why you are qualified for a work-trade scholarship.

2. Please rank your preferences of the following work-trade positions  Food Coordinator:  Scribe (creating and maintianing the program blog):

3. What skills do you possess that make you well qualified for your preferred position?

4. How would you address a situation in which a fellow intern refused to cooperate with your allocated duties?

5. How do you envision your duties fitting in with your overall internship experience?

Rite of Passage Summer Camp for youth, ages 10-13

Father Sky Boys camps July 6-10 (ages 10-11) and 20-24 (ages 12-13)

Earth Song Girls camps July 13-17 (ages 10-11) and 27-31 (ages 12-13)

As children begin to develop a stronger sense of who they are as individuals in the world, many questions naturally arise. They begin to discover the uniqueness of their personal relationship with their surroundings and can be fraught with confusion and feelings of disconnection if they aren't fully realizing their capabilities. Our rite of passage work honors pre-teenagers by challenging them with skills that are deeply satisfying and empowering. By building respect and trust for each other and our surroundings, a reserve of strength is established which can be drawn upon later in life.

Participants are grouped by gender during rites of passage since they are becoming aware of and sometimes self-conscious of their differences (and similarities!). Our goal is to create safe and sacred space for asking questions and sharing ideas and stories. Examples of activities in this age group are shelter building, animal tracking, gardening, fire by friction, rope making, drumming, silent meditation, leadership and trust-building games, cooking, sewing, etc. The children in the rite of passage programs will sleep over at the farm on Friday night and may participate in a sauna. Camp will end on Saturday morning at 10am with a farm-fresh brunch that the children prepare for their families.

Registration opens March 1, 2010.
For more information, please visit the Mother Earth School website at www.motherearthschool.

Mother Earth Summer Camps

Students in Garden

Mother Earth School Summer Camps for children ages 3-6 and 7-9
Camps run from the week of July 6 to the week of August 24
Each camp is Tuesday- Friday, 9am-2pm

This camp is taught by Waldorf and Waldorf-inspired teachers on the land at TLC Farm and in the surrounding forest of Tryon Creek State Park. Each week children participate in exciting nature-based crafts and empowering activities such as gardening, food harvesting & preservation, cooking, herbal medicine making, crafting, natural building, woodworking, forest exploration, etc. They spend time each day with the farm animals, in the gardens and immersed in the forest, hearing stories and singing about the native plants, animals and cultures indigenous to this landscape.

Children can sign up for one week, or multiple weeks.

Registration opens March 1st. Please visit our website at www.motherearthschool.org for registration details.

Community Sustainability Intern Blog - its awesome!

interns processing plums

TLC Farm just completed its first Community Sustainability Immersion Program - and it was a fantastic success. Seven amazing people from all over the country came to TLC Farm to learn, play and grow together.
They created a fantastic blog of stories, facts, pictures, and poems, and we invite you to see for yourself the impact of this program. Visit www.tryoninternship09.blogspot.com and enjoy!

Sustainable Community Immersion Program- Summer 2010

When: 
Jul 31 2010 - 12:00am - Aug 20 2010 - 11:55pm
pole peeling.jpg

Summer Sustainable Communities Immersion Program at TLC Farm - dive into sustainable living!

Located at TLC Farm's unique seven-acre community farm in Portland, Oregon, this internship program will inspire dynamic leaders in the sustainability movement who will be able to use their new skills and knowledge to benefit their home communities.

TLC Farm's immersion program consists of a three-week summer session which will immerse ten interns, 18 and older, in a hands-on, holistic approach to sustainable living and community.

July 31-Aug. 20, 2009

Three-week Community Sustainability Internship will introduce participants to the principles of permaculture, natural building, community process and organic gardenong, with a focus on local food and plant medicine. Interns will tend, harvest and preserve food from the animals and garden, learn to make medicine from wild and cultivated plants, and visit urban & rural sustainable farms. Tuition, room & board: $1,600. ($1,500 if signed up by June 15).

The internship program will combine theory, practice, innovation and adventure. From learning how to grow and preserve food, to how to make decisions in community, to integrating social and environmental justice, each intern will come away from this program with a set of skills which will be increasingly useful in our changing climate and economy.

Courses will be taught by TLC Farm teachers and local expert. Each intern session will culminate in a personalized action plan, supported by intern mentors.

A limited number of work-trade scholarships are available. Please contact intern@tryonfarm.org or call 503-245-3847 for more information about the program and registration.

Application instructions are available at http://tryonfarm.org/share/node/687.

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More Details about TLC Farm's Sustainable Community Immersion Program
1. Community living
Interns will experience communal life on two levels. The interns
themselves will create a community and be responsible for collective
decision-making, meal preparation, conflict resolution, etc. In addition,
the community of interns will interact with, and be supported by, Cedar
Moon, the intentional community at TLC Farm.

2. Outdoor living
The internship is an immersive, outdoor experience. Interns will live in
tents, wash in outdoor showers, cook in a outdoor kitchen, and have most
classes and work experience outdoors. There will be an intern yurt for
reading, research and chill time with a woodstove, library, and
electricity. While Portland has a well deserved reputation for rain,
summers are often quite dry especially from July through September.

3. Hands-on work and Theory
The program includes a balance of lectures & discussions with hands-on
experiential learning and field trips. Over time, the hands-on work will
become increasingly intern-directed.

4. Food preparation and sharing
Interns will be provided with ingredients and suggestions as needed, and
will collaboratively create and implement a cooking and cleaning
schedule. TLC Farm is primarily a vegetarian community: we have chickens
and dairy goats for eggs and milk and grow much of our own food.

5. TLC Farm location & history
A unique seven-acre farm surrounded by a 700-acre state park in Portland,
Oregon, TLC Farm demonstrates how sustainable living techniques can
further goals often perceived as contradictory: urban density of human
habitat inside the growth boundary, combined with not only conservation of
natural resources and public greenspace, but actual enhancement of native
ecosystems. TLC Farm was born out of a community effort to save the land
from development and turn it into a community space for sustainability
education. This land now functions as a gathering place, sustainability
education facility, community center and retreat – all within a bike ride
from downtown Portland.

6. Work Study positions
Most of the work-trade positions have been filled for our 2009 program. However, there are still some available. Please inquire with Laura or Matt at intern@tryonfarm.org to find out what positions are left, and specifics on fee reduction, etc.

There are four work-study positions provided for each intern session.
Food coordinators will help the interns create menus for each week based on food available
at the farm, coordinate cooking and cleaning schedules for the interns and
manage the community kitchen. Scribes will take notes and photographs of
all aspects of the program and use these to create a booklet at the end of
the program. Work trade positions will require approximately 10 hours of
work per week.

Keywords: permaculture, sustainability, sustainable, garden, food, plant spirit medicine, summer internship, summer internship, camping, Oregon, PNW, NW, Portland, farm, forest.

Volunteer Educators Meeting

When: 
Dec 19 2009 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Who: Volunteer Youth Educators with the Hands on Sustainability Program
What: Getting together for tea and lunch to go over TLC Farm curriculum, discuss experience with farm, outdoor, and sustainability education. and practice some hands-on lessons for the upcoming field trip season. MeetingMeeting

Job Posting - Youth Education Coordinator

Class of small kids in a circle

Tryon Life Community Farm Hands-on Youth Sustainability Program
Program Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator Job Description

Application Deadline: Sept. 15th

Responsibilities Include:
- Outreach for and promotion of TLC Farm's Youth Education Program,
including updating outreach materials and distributing to schools and
youth programs
- Scheduling field trips, via phone & internet
- Recruiting, training and scheduling volunteer teachers (training
materials already exist)
- Maintaining & updating education program supplies and curriculum
- Some fundraising for the expansion and continuation of projects.

Note: this is not primarily a teaching position. The coordinator will only teach classes when other volunteers cannot be scheduled.

October– June, with December and January off
10-15 hours a week, $15 an hour. Hours are flexible, with mandatory meetings every other Wednesday niaght from 7-9.

Ideal applicants will have a background in sustainability education with significant experience with volunteer training and management. Applicants should also have experience in self-motivated work environments, must be very organized and be good communicators.

Please send a cover letter and resume with three references, preferably with two that can speak to the applicant's previous experience in education and volunteer coordination. Send your application materials to apply@tryonfarm.org. Please visit www.tryonfarm.org or call 503-245-3847 for more information about the positions and programs.

About TLC Farm's Hands-on Sustainability Program
TLC Farm is a very unique educational site: 5 acres of farmland surrounded by the 700 acre forest of Tryon Creek State Park, with a residential farm community that tends chickens, goats, sheep & bees and upkeeps the land. The entire farm and forest are the classrooms for field trips, and TLC Farm's educational programs are almost entirely taught outdoors, except in inclement weather when we use our historic barn as classroom space.

TLC Farm staff and trained volunteers lead field trips from schools and youth organizations, providing creative, hands-on educational experiences for students. Not only are participants in the field, each trip involves hands-on projects. Activity themes are flexible based on the group’s interest and need, and fall into these categories:

1.Farm Tour: a general overview of demonstration projects at TLC Farm including natural building, gardening, water and waste management, habitat restoration, and community. development.
2.Natural Building: building with cob, a traditional structural material of clay, sand, straw, and water.
3.Ecological gardening: includes activities on soil, food systems, medicinal plants, and permaculture, along with hands-on gardening tasks.
4.Watershed Restoration & Ecology: includes a variety of restoration techniques, plant identification & uses, the water cycle, and human influences on watersheds.
5.Art & Craft of Sustainable Living: including activities on making food and other environmental arts & crafts.

Feedback and participation welcome! Please send bug reports to web@tryonfarm.org

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