Basic pruning of fruit trees and grapes Workshop - Saturday January 5th - 1:00-3:00

Jan 5 2007 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Basic pruning of fruit trees and grapes.
with Bernard Bach
Saturday January 5th
1:00 -> 3:00

Bernard will be walking us through the basic ideas of pruning to keep trees in their optimum health.

Please bring tools you like to use.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

Bernhard Bach received a degree in horticulture in 1990, completed a Master woodland Manager course with the Yamhill Co. Extension Service in 1994 since then he managed small apple orchard and worked for a local retail nursery.

Sliding Scale: 10-$30

Training for TLC Forum hosts

Feb 23 2014 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Join us to be trained in how to host events and gatherings at TLC Farm.  At the end of this training, you will be empowered to respond to groups wanting to hold their events here, to schedule them, and to manage the physical and social infrastructure of a successful hosting.

Village Building Convergence - earthen plastering on June 1 & 2

Jun 1 2012 - 10:00am - Jun 2 2012 - 4:00pm
Earthen Plastering


Join us for two days of the Village Building Convergence, as we complete the earthen plastering inside our beautiful old barn.

The 12th annual VBC runs from May 25-June 3, and TLC Farm will join in the activities on June  1 & 2 - we invite you to come get your hands dirty as we mix sand, clay and straw to become functional, beautiful earthen plaster.
We will be running a shuttle to TLC Farm from the VBC main venue, St. David's of Wales, 2800 SE Harrison.  The shuttle will leave at 9:45 on Friday and Saturday morning, and returning at 4:30 in the afternoon.  Lunch will be provided.
For more details about the entire VBC, visit  Please contact brenna(a) with any questions about the TLC Farm building site.

Teacher Training: Permaculture for Children

Jun 15 2012 - 9:00am - Jun 21 2012 - 5:00pm
2012 pdctt course poster

This course is designed for parents and teachers of children ranging in age from early childhood to middle school who desire to integrate these principles into the classroom and beyond. Some of the time we will be working together as a large group, and other times we will hold break-out groups focused on early childhood, grade school and middle school.

Many hands-on and experiential aspects will be integrated into the course, modeling and practicing these and related topics: 


  • Application of PC Principles to Teaching
  • Therapeutic Effects of Nature-Based Activities
  • Classroom Management
  • Strategic Community Building
  • Curriculum & Site Design
  • Creating Garden Classrooms
  • Forest & Garden-Based Learning
  • Education Through Movement & Exploration

Each day will include a morning circle, engaging lectures, activities and workshops.

Option details:

Friday evening will be open to the public and will be a panel of teachers representing different current alternative models of education for a question and answer session. We ask for a suggested donation of $10 to attend this as a stand-alone. It is included in the price of the weekend and full course options.

The weekend option will include Friday night’s lecture as well as Saturday and Sunday. The weekend topics will include an overview of applying permaculture principles to youth education including presentations of thriving permaculture school programs and age-specific curriculum design. The cost for this option is $180.

The full course extends from Friday evening through Thursday. The topics will include food forests, creating garden classrooms, analysis of nature-based play, the art of classroom management, yoga with children, therapeutic storytelling, and movement games. On Thursday, this course will be hosting a 'Skill Share for Children' during which we open our site to the public and each student will present an activity as a final project for the course. You will receive instructor and peer evaluations and will be issued a certificate by Patty Parks-Wasserman’s Institute of Permaculture Education for Children. The cost of this option is $480.


Returning Teachers from our 2011 course:

Patty Parks-Wasserman is a permaculture diplomat, founder and director of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children ( She has designed permaculture programs for schools and taught permaculture and nature skills to children and youth for 10 years in public, private, homeschooling and non-formal educational environments for toddlers through 12th grade. By observing student enthusiasm and witnessing the change they inspire in their homes and communities, she believes that children and their educators are able to effect large-scale change on global issues. She is currently the environmental specialist at an International Baccalaureate charter school in Albuquerque, NM, where she is developing a multidisciplinary Food Forest curriculum with grade 7-12 teachers. This work will enable the Albuquerque area to become more self reliant, make schoolwork relevant and therefore more meaningful, and infuse fun into the curriculum for the students as they experience a sense of purpose and empowerment.

Matthew Bibeau, MSEd, is the Development Director of Mother Earth School and has worked in the field of garden-based education since 2005. A graduate of Portland State University’s Leadership in Ecology, Culture & Learning program, Matt’s work has also focused on the development and implementation of school gardens and garden-based learning programs in Portland Public Schools, as well as the development of three urban farm sites, Jean’s Farm, Learning Gardens Laboratory and Tryon Life Community Farm. Trained in permaculture design by Toby Hemenway (2006) and in permaculture teaching by Tom Ward and Jude Hobbs (2008), Matt has been generating momentum as a permaculture educator, co-coordinating Toby's PDC and co-teaching TLC Farm's PDC from 2009-2011. He serves as an active board member of the Learning Gardens Institute, represents TLC Farm on the board of the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust and is a veteran coordinator of the City Repair Project's Village Building Convergence (2006-2012).

Kelly Hogan has focused her life's work on caregiving in various forms. During her college years studying psychology, she earned her living by caring for adults with severe mental and physical disabilities. She remained in this field for the next 12 years before shifting her focus to the fresh perspective of working with children. She received her Waldorf teaching certificate from the Micha-el Institute in Portland, OR and has been teaching since 2005. She moved to the intentional community at Tryon Life Community Farm in 2007 where she began to work as the assistant kindergarten teacher for Mother Earth Kindergarten - the first all-outdoor kindergarten in the United States. It was at the farm where she also became exposed to Permaculture. After receiving her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2009, she realized that she needed to integrate permaculture and wilderness skills with Waldorf teaching methods in order to create an educational movement that serves the needs of today's world. She continues her training in wilderness survival and primitive skills and is currently Executive Director of Mother Earth School.

With Support from the following: 

April Blair received her Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate through the Micha-el Institute in Portland, OR. She's always had a passion and reverence for the outdoors,  integrating her interests and skills as the co-creator of Mother Earth School. April was leadteacher of Mother Earth Kindergarten from 2008-2011 and currently leads an outdoor parent-child class at Jean's Farm in SE Portland.


Michael Becker has a BS in Geography and a Masters in Education, both from Portland State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Sustainability Science at Prescott College. During his first year of teaching Michael Becker took a Permaculture Design Course at the Bullock farm on Orcas Island. Ever since, he has pursued the use of gardens and design as a tool for increasing the hands-on on nature of what education can be. The Oregon Middle School Association named Mr. Becker the 2008 Teacher of the Year for his efforts in integrated and applied, science and math instruction.  He currently directs the Food and Conservation Science (FACS) program at Hood River Middle School.


The Location:

Last year this course took place at Tryon Life Community Farm in SW Portland. Although there is a chance that the course will be held there again this year, we are currently in the site selection process and pursing a more accessible farm-based location in the SE. The final site will offer considerable outdoor space and will be within a short distance from downtown Portland.

The Logistics:

  • Knowledge of Permaculture is a pre-requisite for this course. If you do not have a Permaculture Design Certificate, you will need to have completed some permaculture course work. We will be offering an ‘Intro to Permaculture’ workshop this spring that can fulfill this requirement in April or May (check our website for details). Permaculture Teacher Training registrants who have paid their deposit will receive a $30 discount for this workshop. Other 2-day/12-hour intro courses will be honored but a discount will not apply.

  • Carpools are encouraged and will be coordinated by the administrator of this course.

  • Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. There will be a 1 hour lunch break each day. Course participants are responsible for bringing their own lunches.

  • Class will start promptly at 9am each morning (Saturday through Thursday) and will end at 5pm.

  • Payment is due in full on or before June 1st. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with registration.

Enrollment Process:

When you are ready to enroll, please mail a check for $100 made payable to Mother Earth School and mail to Mother Earth School Permaculture Teacher Training: 3 Monroe Parkway Suite P #444 Lake Oswego, OR 97035.

Please also send an email to confirming that a check is in the mail. You will be added to ourPermaculture Teacher Training email list and will be notified of updates and logistical details including carpools, location details, course paperwork, contact information, and billing reminders. That is also the address to email with any follow-up inquiries and clarifying questions.

To pay online, please pay through the “Donate” button on Mother Earth School's website ( Please add an additional 3% to payments made online to cover the Paypal service charges we incur.

To enroll for one of the ‘Intro to Permaculture’ weekends, please mail a separate $90 check for the intro course made out to Matt Bibeau (mail to the same address as above; please indicate the dates of the training you are registering for in the memo section of the check). Also email info@motherearthschool to confirm registration for the intro course. Please note that the $90 workshop fee is a discounted rate and is only applicable if you have already paid the $100 non-refundable deposit for the Teacher Training Course. Online payment options are not available for the 'Intro to Permaculture' workshops.

Contact Information:

Please contact Kelly Hogan: with any additional questions about this course.


Natural Building Workshop, October 8-9

Oct 8 2011 - 10:00am - Oct 9 2011 - 6:00pm
Joshua's earthen plaster workshop, 2009

Get your hands dirty and learn versatile natural building techniques.  The class will be focusing on light straw/clay insulation and earthen plaster to finish the inside of TLC Farm's beautiful old barn. Open to all skill levels.

Class will be taught by expert earthen plasterer, Joshua Klyber (visit to view Joshua's work).

Sliding scale $20-60 per day, with limited work trade available.  Contact to register.

Food Preservation Workshop, Sept. 18

Sep 18 2011 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
interns processing plums

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 canning jam and sauce.  We'll focus on the fruits & vegetables that grow abundantly in this region, including berries, squash, cucumber, apples, tomatoes and alliums.

Sliding scale fee of $15-30, with limited worktrade options available. Kids welcome!

We will be running a shuttle from People's Food Co-op (SE 21st & Tibbetts) at 9:30, returning at 4:30 pm.  Please register for the class and let me know if you will be riding the shuttle at Please bring your own lunch.

Plant Medicine Workshops & Disaster Herbalism Intensive

Sep 9 2011 - 10:00am - Sep 11 2011 - 5:00pm
Bee balm Monarda didyma

TLC Farm's Monthly Workshop series presents:

Plant Medicine Workshop Series & Community and Herbal Approaches to Disaster Situations

Come join us on the land for a weekend of learning about plant medicine, community building, and emergency preparedness! There will be a day of Plant Medicine Workshops on Friday, Sept. 9th, followed by a two-day intensive on Disaster Herbalism on Saturday and Sunday (the 10th and 11th).

The plant medicine workshops will be hosted by local herbalists, with topics ranging from hands-on medicine making and plant meditation, to facilitated conversations about herbalism, dynamics of privilege and efforts for healing both people and place! The Disaster Herbalism intensive, brought to the farm by our local Rosehip Medic Collective, will focus on the importance of plants and further education in preparing for ecological/social emergency.

Our intention is to gather together to share skills and ideas - regardless of prior experience. If you're brand new to herbalism, a seasoned medicine-maker, or anywhere in between: know that you're welcome! You can register for both events, or come to just one. Registration for both events is separate, more details below...


Workshop Descriptions:

Friday, 10AM - 6PM

-- interactive plant walk through the farm and Tryon Creek Forest

-- The Body Remembers: The Physiology of Stress, Health Disparities and Botanical Interventions with Lydia Bartholow

While the title sounds daunting, this fun workshop will cover the basic physiology of stress in the body, discuss why it so darn important to understand it, how stress effects health on a community/population based level and wrap up by talking about some herbal interventions (and support) for the over-stressed body and mind. This workshop is geared towards a radical understanding of political-economics, oppression and health.

*Lydia is a registered nurse, a writer, an organizer and a practitioner of both allopathic and botanical medicine. She has been studying botany and botanical medicine since 2001 and teaching since 2007. Currently a doctoral student at Oregon Health and Science University, Lydia focuses her practice on mental wellness and radical public health. Past and current roles in care providing include heavy emphasis on harm reduction, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma based care. She is deeply interested in the political and social implications of care work, mental health and the body. Lydia lives in North Portland with too many animals and often obsesses about the prison industrial complex.*

--- Put the Craft Back in Wildcrafting: How to Tend Plants in the Wild and Make New Medicinal Stands with Sam Spikenard

We will discuss how to take care of and grow plants outside of the garden setting and why that is becoming more and more important.


--- Revolutionary Healers - a facilitated discussion with Dir'k & Rosemary

what are the connections between herbalism and liberation struggle? how does a healer's responsibility to those whom they support relate to addressing the root causes of the sickness? does ethical wildcrafting demand participation in defense of the earth? what are critical contributions that herbalists are situated to offer to revolutionary struggles? join us for an exploration of these and other questions, in an environment of critical engagement and mutual support.


If you want to attend this series, you must register by e-mailing by September 1st. You will then receive information about schedule, shuttles/transportation, food, and camping. The Friday series is available for a sliding scale of $15 - a million dollars...all of which directly supports keeping this educational center open and active! Some work trade positions are available.


On Saturday & Sunday, the Rosehip Medic Collective ( presents Community and Herbal Approaches to Disaster Situations with Leah Wolfe, 10AM - 5PM both days...


"When disaster strikes, government response is often slow, leaving victims without help for days. Community preparedness and response is vital. This is an introductory workshop that will show you how to begin to prepare yourself and your community. Our approach recognizes the importance of plants, and community building, and further education. We will share important stories from recent disasters and relief efforts. Visit our website to see photos from our relief work in Haiti after the earthquake: http://serpentine-project. org/http://serpentine-project. org/  . Donations beyond travel expenses and fees will be used to support The Serpentine Project (based in NE Ohio & NW Wisconsin), a restoration and education project for indigenous plants and traditional medicine."


Register separately for Saturday & Sunday by September 1 at Sliding-scale donation: $40-80.

Mushrooms & Permaculture

Apr 30 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
king stropharia.jpeg

Learn about mushrooms with Mushroom Jordan!  Each attendee received a mushroom kit of their choice - King Stropharia, Nameko, Oyster or Pioppinno along with printed instructions on how to get the most from new and used mushroom kits. 


Cost: $20 if paid in advance, $40 drop-in (day of workshop)

Please email to register and mail $20 check to TLC Farm: Mushroom Workshop 11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd. Portland 97219

We have one work trade available for someone who has a truck.   Please call Jordan (503)208-0384

Primitive Pottery workshop with Estabon Fire

May 20 2011 - 10:00am - May 22 2011 - 5:00pm

Pre-registration is required for this workshop due to size limitations.

You will learn the art of primitive pottery and firing with Estabon Fire!  Since age 5, Estabon has been inspired by clay.  His college pottery classes first introduced him to primitive firing techniques.  Estabon travels the world teaching, learning and creating traditional styles of pottery.

The workshop fee is $120, which includes 3 days of instruction and practice, including materials.

To register, please email and mail check or money order to: TLC Farm RE: Pottery Workshop, 11640 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Portland, OR 97219

We accept paypal playments. Please add 2% to the fee to cover the cost of a Paypal payment option (for a total of $122.40) and send to Paypal username:

Permaculture Design Course with Toby Hemenway

Oct 22 2011 - 9:00am - Oct 23 2011 - 5:00pm

Toby Hemenway and Tryon Life Community Farm are partnering to bring you Portland's most professional and dynamic Permaculture Design Course. If you are working for a sustainable future and want practical tools and a deeper whole-systems perspective, then this course is for you. It is especially useful for home & business owners, educators, planners, design professionals, farmers, gardeners, and organizers. Course graduates will receive a permaculture design certificate from the Permaculture Institute (USA).

Toby Hemenway will lead three of the six course weekends. Andrew Millison will lead two weekends and provide design project support. Guest instructors include Larry Santoyo, Jude Hobbs, Michael Becker, Marisha Auerbach, Leonard Barrett, and TLC Farm’s Matt Bibeau and Jenny Leis. Matt and Jenny will also serve as course hosts.

Tryon Life Community Farm is a non-profit permaculture and sustainability education center on 7-acres of orchard, garden, pasture and forest, surrounded by the 700-acre Tryon Creek State Park and within the city limits of Portland.  TLC Farm will provide opportunities for hands-on skill-building as well as an inspiring setting for the course.

Tuition is $850, with optional lunch and camping separate.
For course details, visit 
For venue details, visit
For questions and registration, email Jenny at or call at 503-548-8459.

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