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Center for Sustainable Development
Center for Sustainable Development
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Center for Sustainable Development, Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas, BS
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Alanna Steinke ILARIA BIANCHI Nadia Abdo
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Center for Sustainable Development

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Rural, Residential, Community, School Projects, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

An 18-acre permaculture site integrated into the shared campus of the Island School, Cape Eleuthera Insitute, and the Center for Sustainable Development

Project Description

The Center for Sustainable Development is a wing of a nonprofit organization that includes a semester abroad school, marine research center, and local middle school. Permaculture is intertwined throughout everything we're doing here on our 18-acre campus.

Our permaculture program has existed since around 2004 when the first permaculture design was created for our campus. We have hosted several PDCs since that time although we are preparing to host them again on an annual or bi-annual basis.

The mission of the Center for Sustainable Development’s permaculture program is to:

- serve as a viable demonstration model of ecologically regenerative small-scale farming in the Bahamas

- disseminate agroecological techniques and principles to the surrounding community to increase local and regional food security

- serve as a learning tool for students and staff to learn about sustainable agriculture as part of a wider holistic learning experience

- function as a regional center of permaculture education to disseminate permaculture design throughout the Caribbean

- produce a variety of fresh organic herbs, salad greens, vegetables, fruits, and meats to supplement the food consumed on campus

Our holistic permaculture system includes a farm area with drip irrigated raised beds, a diversified orchard, nursery, rotational pig and goat system, musocvy ducks, and a 40,000L aquaponic system. Other facilities of the Center for Sustainable Development include wind and solar power, a biogas digestor, and a biodisel lab. Additionaly, the entire campus features edible landscaping, rainwater cisterns, and ecological sanitation system. 

There are a number of ways to get invovled if you are interested. The easiest and most rewarding way is to come down here for a couple weeks to attend one of our permaculture design courses. You could also apply to come join us for a permaculture internship and gain valuable hands-on experience working in productive permaculture system in a challenging climate. Finally, professional permaculturists can inquire about any permaculture or aquaponic positions that might be open and join us as part of the team.


Permaculture Design Course (PDC), August 4-18

Come join us this August for an educational experience that will change your life! This 72-hour PDC will immerse students in the world of permaculture design in the challenging climate and soil of the beautiful island of Eleuthera. No experience necessary

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