|224 Anderson Street , Portland, Maine, US
(projects i'm involved in)
Cape Elizabeth, US
Posted by Lisa Fernandes about 12 years ago
2012 Southern Maine Permaculture Internship
Village Farme permaculture homestead seeks to enter into a relationship with someone who would like to gain hands-on experience with permaculture systems in a residential / small farm setting in Southern Maine.
Time commitment: The intern will commit to being on-site to learn about and implement permaculture projects 1/2 day per week (Friday mornings 8:30 am to 12:30 pm) starting May 18th and completing September 14th 2012 (4 months).
The site: The internship is based on a 1/3 acre residential/mini farm property approximately 3 miles from downtown Portland Maine (.5 miles from public transportation). The site is in year 6 of implementing a permaculture design which aims to support the residents in a) getting off of fossil fuels, b) maximizing edible yields and healthy ecosystems and c) being good neighbors and a demonstration site for residential permaculture.
The work: This intern will work with the homeowners (Lisa Fernandes & David Whitten) on various residential and small farm scale permaculture implementation projects such as (but not limited to) soil building, rain water catchment and water systems, no-dig/no-till food production, small livestock management and nutrient cycling, perennial food production systems (pruning, propagation, etc.), season extension and four-season production systems, harvesting & preservation, renewable energy systems and other “post-carbon” strategies. The work will vary from week to week.
The exchange: While no cash reimbursement is offered for this internship, the intern can expect to gain valuable experience on a real permaculture site and learn from seasoned practitioners while “on the job.” The internship will start with educational goals articulation and evaluation of experience will take place throughout. Friday morning coffee and tea and shared vegetarian or vegan lunch is included on work days. College credit could be arranged on an as-needed basis. Products of the system will also be shared with the intern (produce, eggs, for example) as available. Access to an extensive permaculture library also included.
Intern attributes: Physical ability for moderately heavy garden and homestead tasks, excellent communication and emotional skills. Positive attitude and dependable. Some gardening or other “trades” (electrical, mechanical, plumbing, carpentry, etc.) skills helpful but not required. Having taken an Intro to Permaculture course or Permaculture Design Course also helpful.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Lisa Fernandes via email or postal mail. lisa (at) resiliencehub.org c/o 1002 Sawyer Road, Cape Elizabeth ME 04107 USA Deadline for 2012: Apply by March 15th with interviews and a decision complete by April 15th.
Interested in Permaculture Design and/or Organizing? We expect to offer a Winter Internship (November 2012 – April 2013) that focuses on design and organizing for those who have completed a PDC. Contact us for details.
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