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Living Ecology
Living Ecology
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Utnoor, Telangana, IN
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical

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Living Ecology

Project Type

Rural, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

The Living Ecology Internship teaches practitioners to become proficient in Permaculture International Aid while benefiting poor rural farmers with life changing permaculture improvements to their farms and villages.

Project Description

Interns learn practical and effective skills for working on poor rural farms in foreign environments. We work with Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, who will be hosting the 2017 International Permaculture Convergence. This year we worked with 5 farmers in Thatiguda village, Adilibad distract in Telangana. Our focus was to assist the widows, who are the most marginalized, using permaculture techniques to improve their farms.

Overview of Internship

[1] The beginning weeks of the internship start at the Aranya Agricultural Alternatives farm and orient the intern to Indian culture, agriculture and permaculture practices. Aranya’s specialty is water harvesting for watershed restoration and farm use. The Aranya farm is an excellent location to learn Indian permaculture, plant identification and uses. Through the practicum, interns will help further permaculture practices on the farm. The Aranya farm is an oasis and excellent example of rainfed agriculture in the drylands.

[2] The second phase is the social and environmental study. Interns learn, listen and get to know villagers they will be working with. Trust, respect and friendships are mutually built during this time. This is a very important part of engaging in a beneficial aid project. During this section, interns will make an evaluation of what is needed and decide what approach to take in their design project.

[3] In the third phase, interns design and implement of a project in the village or on a villager’s farm land. These projects are functional permaculture model farms that inspire other villagers about what possibilities are available to them. In this section, interns will learn mapping and project skills to be a permaculture consultant in their home country or in other places of the world. After this phase, there is a 2 month break due to extremely hot weather.

[4] In the middle of June, when the rainy season starts, the fourth phase begins. This is the implementation time for the planting part of the project. Food forests, annual food crops and live fences will be planted. The following year, a follow up report is required for final certification. This is because often aid projects are implemented without evaluation of how they actually benefited the target community. In this phase, interns will be able to learn from the successes and problems of their project, and will be able to follow up with their farmer client.

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