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The Farm Ecovillage Training Center
The Farm Ecovillage Training Center
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184 Schoolhouse Rd, Summertown, TN, US
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

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The Farm Ecovillage Training Center

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Rural, Residential, Commercial, Intentional Communities, Community, School Projects, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, Financial Economic, Legal, Political

Project Summary

We are a whole systems immersion experience of ecovillage living, together with classes of instruction, access to information, tools and resources, and on-site and off-site consulting and outreach experiences.

Project Description

An ecovillage is only different from a traditional village in its ability to be sustained indefinitely into the future. In all other respects, it may have all of the features people in the industrial world have come to expect, like electric appliances, refrigeration, and videogames.

"It is a misconception that living in an ecological way involves sacrifice and hardship," says founder Albert Bates. "Many modern designs for buildings, vehicles, and new materials require no change in habit whatsoever, while reducing environmental impacts significantly."

ETC has hosted courses in permaculture, organic certification professions, herbalology, installing solar electricity and water heating, and yurt, bamboo, cob, earthbag, roundpole, and strawbale construction, biofuels, midwifery, an annual children's camp, and ongoing demonstrations in alternate energy, hybrid vehicles, constructed wetlands, horse farming and sustainable, carbon-negative agriculture. We inaugurated a student exchange program with Israeli kibbutz, Russian and Brazilian ecovillagers and a social justice program for training disadvantaged populations. We have ongoing projects in Palestine, Mexico, and Belize that our graduates can become directly involved with.

The Ecovillage Training Center assists transition towards a sustainable society by instruction in meeting basic needs for food, shelter, energy, fuel, gainful employment, and community process and progress. It comes around to understanding the needs of Earth's natural systems and the human role in healing and helping.

ETC offers an immersion experience in sustainable living: courses and workshops, apprenticeships, and special demonstrations in green lifestyles. Set amongst the Farm's 5000 acres of protected woods and meadows, the Ecovillage Training Center is a living laboratory with a mandate to save the world. Sustainable technologies and principles surround you as you study and work throughout the training center---its eco-hostel, organic garden, forests, swales and ponds---in a permaculture consciousness, within an outstanding networking community of students and teachers.

ETC hosts courses with a mix of paying participants and social justice participants. Trainees from all over the world include foreign students, disadvantaged and homeless children (Kids to the Country), indigenous peoples  from Mexico and Central America, Israeli Kibbutzniks and Palestians, and Native Americans. Social justice participants are drawn principally from the surrounding 8-state mid-South region, with special focus on Nashville and Davidson County, where the Center works with the Green Neighborhoods Project and Earth Matters Tennessee. Seventy to 100 social justice program trainees take part in the program each year, with thousands of community residents affected.

We are also actively engaged with the relocalization and transition towns movements and bringing that into our five-county surrounds.


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Albert Bates - Admin
Team Members
Albert Bates - Garden Manager 2015 season Christopher Nesbitt - Garden Manager 2015 season Cliff Davis - Garden Manager 2015 season Declan Kennedy - Garden Manager 2015 season Jennifer Dauksha English - Garden Manager 2015 season Liora Adler - Garden Manager 2015 season Matthew English - Garden Manager 2015 season Murad J.R.ALkhufash - Garden Manager 2015 season Wayne Weiseman - Garden Manager 2015 season

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