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Hands-On Sustainability Program
Tryon Life Community Farm provides students of all ages with opportunities to connect with the natural world and each other to create a true sense of place and community. Our goal is to encourage people to develop a lifelong appreciation of the processes that support life, and to offer wisdom on how to steward them sustainably. To do this we offer this space for collaborative learning about social and ecological responsibility.
The Hands-On Sustainability Program offers one-time and multiple visit field trip experiences for students of all ages to come and learn about applied sustainability and creating community in a participatory way.
Activities include an interactive farm tour and seasonally appropriate hands-on activities and lessons on specific sustainability and ecology themes in these areas: ecological gardening, natural building, restoration and watershed ecology, and ecological living skills. We also offer service-learning projects.
Field Trip Scheduling: TLC Farm offers field trips Tuesday through Saturday. We are an all-volunter program, and will work with you to coordinate a time that is good for your group and our volunteers. The farm is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday between 9-6pm for self-guided tours, and it is closed on Mondays.
Cost : TLC Farm runs on donations, and requests that visiting classes donate $10/visit plus $5 or more per student if at all possible.
Contact us: For further information or to arrange a visit, please contact our education coordinators, at edu[at]tryonfarm.org or by calling 503.245.3847.
Groups served include: Portland area schools, Boys and Girls Aid Society of Oregon, Girl Scouts, Portland Impact, Head Start, YMCA, Pacific Crest Community School, Waldorf schools, International School, charter schools, Lewis and Clark College PSU, PCC, and homeschool groups. Click here www.tryonfarm.org/share/calendar for our calendar to see who's visiting us!
Recent Recflections about the program:
"Many of the students were totally new to the concepts of intentional living and, during discussions, expressed that they got a lot out of what they experienced at the farm. We would like to (endlessly) thank you for your patience with everyone. Earthen building was their favourite activity, but canning and making cheese was also a highlight for many people during reflections throughout the rest of the trip - as well as learning about the edibility of plants like fennel & broccoli leaf. The space was excellent for the students to open up to each other." - Hannah, coordinator of a New Student Orientation group from Pacific University
Interested in starting a school garden? Check out this great school garden resource web page from local group Growing Gardens.
Zenger Farm - located in SE Portland in the Lents neighborhood
Sauvie Island Center - located north of
Organic Education Center at Luscher Farm - located outside
Launched by TLC Farm in 2007, Recode is now an autonomous project with its own website:http://recodenow.org, office space, and director Melora Golden who can be reached at: info at recodenow dot org
Read on for a brief summary of Recode's goals, and see bottom of page to sign up for email announcement list, and download relevant files.
Recode is an organization that brings together citizens, planners, builders, activists, and other stakeholders in developing, coordinating, and building the movement for regulations that support grassroots sustainability.
· facilitates collaboration among the existing organizations and people doing various aspects of the work;
· creates space for grassroots groups in the discussion; and
· specifically advocates for acting within a strategy of systemic change.
Sign Up for Recode’s newsletter: http://www.recodenow.org/newsletter-signup
TLC Farm is an amazing place to learn ideas and practices for growing sustainable culture. We are currently taking a break from creating our own workshops, and we plan to offer more in the near future. Meanwhile, please check out the list of past workshops, and also feel free to contact us with a workshop that you would like to host on the land.
Past workshop topics have included:
Most workshops ask for a donation on a sliding scale or offer work-trade, to assist in paying for the presenter, facilities, and materials. Want to present a workshop? email work...@tryonfarm.org or call our office at 503-245-3847.
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 2014.
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 and their own creativity.
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! Check in late spring 2014 - date TBA. Contact Isobel at hos(at)tryonfarm.org for more info and 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, Wednesdays-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 our Hands on Sustainability Education Coordinator.
Email: hos (at) tryonfarm.org
Farm Phone: 503.245.3847
At TLC Farm, Portland's sustainability movements are creating one example of how urban density human habitat can coexist with thriving food systems and native ecologies. Our demonstration projects, all of which are workshopped and volunteer-run, illustrate how specific technologies and practices work, and how they can interconnect.
Of course, you're welcome to come and walk through the land, learning from the signs along the self-guided tour. But the best way to get involved and learn about what it's like to build a new world, is to help create it alongside the rest of us!
The areas we're focused on are:
The easiest way to get connected is to come out to a workparty on Thursday or Saturday. Or contact us. Together, we're building a better world!
Tryon Life Community Farm extends a special invitation to all communities of faith:
Come share your unique wisdom here at TLC farm.
We welcome all efforts to inspire dialogue, generate workshops, and spawn ceremonies that inter-activate our highest spiritual potential.
A transformation towards just and sustainable economies requires a sea-change in values -- a dynamic necessarily founded in the ways of spirit. We accordingly seek to make TLC Farm accessible to all spiritual communities oriented towards the sacredness of the earth, and have hosted services and gatherings of Native American, Buddhist, Wiccan, Christian, Jewish, Sufi and other traditions, as well as interfaith ceremonies rooted in growing connection with the land.
In the past, TLC Farm has hosted blessings from Rabbis, Monks, and indigenous spiritual leaders. Currently, this land space holds a Native sweat lodge, earth-based altars built through community collaborations, rituals honoring the shift in seasons, and quiet sacred spaces.
Please contact us to discuss possibilities for occasional or regular engagement with this land and the networks connected through it.
TLC Farm provides common ground where a diversity of movements, communities and individuals in the metropolitan Portland region may:
We invite communities and individuals of faith to build a relationship with this land and the beautiful creatures co-habitating here. Please:
We seek to share this earthly sanctuary for group and personal renewal, meditation and prayer, rites of passage, celebrations, youth retreats, seasonal services, and spiritual ceremonies of all kinds.
Welcome to our schedule of monthly workshops. We endeavor to be well-rounded in our exploration of what it takes to create a sustainable world, and hope that you will find both what you're looking for and what you never expected to find.
Plant Medicine & Disaster Herbalism
Come join us on the land for a weekend of learning about plant medicine, community building, and emergency preparedness. Friday will present several workshops with local herbalists, ranging from hands-on medicine making to plant meditation to facilitated conversations about herbalism, dynamics of privilege, and efforts for healing both people and place. Saturday & Sunday will be a two-day intensive, called Community and Herbal Approaches to Disaster Situations, with Leah Wolfe.
September 18, 10am-4 pm
Just in time for harvest! Learn about and practice various methods of food preservation, including canning, freezing, drying and long-term produce storage. Using TLC Farm's garden, orchard and outdoor kitchen as a classroom, this class will involve both discussion (your ideas, thoughts and wisdom invited!) and hands-on engagement with food preservation. Sliding scale fee of $15-50, with worktrade options available. Kids welcome!
Please register for the class (and contact me early if you are interested in work trade) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your hands dirty working with light/straw clay and earthen plaster to insulate & plaster our beautiful old barn. Class will be taught by expert earthen plasterer, Joshua Klyber (visit http://www.livingwallspdx.com to view Joshua's work). Contact email@example.com to register.
Human Resources for the Revolution!
Apply Permaculture Principles to social relationships, from individual, to group to the ecosystem of movement of movements. Learn practical skills and share reflective, interactive experiences for exploring our social ecology.
Unless otherwise noted, workshops have a sliding scale fee of $20-60/day, with worktrade options available.
Many of our workshops are family-friendly, with children's activities included. Start and end times vary - please check this website for details about each workshop closer to its date.
This six-weekend program is designed for members of intentional communities to learn the skills for sharing herbs and addressing the health needs of the collective experience with plant medicines.
The goal of the course is to bring herbal medicine back to its function as a group activity for communities to use to engage fully in sustainable relationships with the plants of their bioregion. The skills taught in the course are intended to be shared amongst all community members in such a way that taking care of each other can be a collective activity: making medicines together, taking herbs together, gardening and harvesting together, and healing together. We are seeking to generate the tools for off-the-grid health care that moves beyond the practitioner-client relationship, restoring the tribal method of healing as a community endeavor.
We are restoring herbal medicine as a collaborative act of promoting community health from within. Off-the-grid healthcare that everyone in a community can participate in. “Healthy communities take care of community health.”
Taught by local herbalists Erico Schleicher, Rebecca Reeder, and others
Curriculum is oriented towards community herbalism, including classes in botany of Northwest medicinal plants, harvesting and gardening, therapeutic actions, cooking with herbs, herbal first aid, medicine making as community ritual, and taking herbs as a shared experience. We will focus on identifying needs of community that can be addressed with plant medicines, such as first aid, shared emotional stresses, communicable illness, seasonal conditions, local toxins, and specific work-based issues.
The 2011 dates are not set in stone, but with only slight possible adjustment they are:
*subject to possible change
For more info about the course, follow this link to our webpage: http://communityherbalism.com
Or feel free to contact the instructors:
Erico 503.473.3899 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca 510.495.4494 email@example.com
Application available for download below.
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.. 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 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. For more information about this course, please email perm...@tryonfarm.org or call Matt Bibeau at 503-245-3847. To be considered for this course, please fill out the questionnaire below and send to perm...@tryonfarm.org. 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?
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!
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