|vilcabamba, Loja, Ecuador|
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I began teaching the Permaculture Design Course in 1991. My students first began registering on this site in 2015. In these recent five years, we have found that our students sometimes find it impossible to post on this page for their participation in our Permaculture Design Course. The numbers listed for our participants are not accurate. Nevertheless, having a vetting process for a global list of credentialed Permaculturalists is a good thing! Thanks for your efforts Permaculture Research Institute.
Here is my profile:
From 1988-1990, as a volunteer for the U.S. federal agency, the Peace Corps, I wrote and received a grant which allowed the development of the "Finca Permanente Agroforestry Project" in Equatorial Guinea West Africa. My project was later used as a model for a $2.5 million project by the EC. (http://ziaparker.bizland.com/rain.html)
Upon my return, I presented a segment on Tropical Rainforest and cross-cultural applications of PC at Jerome Osentowski's PDC in Basalt, Colorado at Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture ('91) and received my Permaculture Design Course certificate from that course. My PC Teacher's Training in Santa Fe came the following year. Joining several PDC teaching teams followed, including courses on the Native American Navaho reservation in '93-'94. I also headed up a PC gardening project on the Arapaho Native American reservation.
In 2007, I purchased a 2 acre farm near my hometown, and it became Boulder Colorado's first official demonstration farm, from which I coordinated and was the lead teacher of PDCs for the next 5 years. The students and interns helped direct this farm, Willow Way Permaculture into an Herbal CSA. We incorporated a small constructed wet-land system in the pond, and taught many workshops on low-cost season extension, climate-battery hoop house design and soil improvement via composting, sheet-mulch,berm/swale and multiple vermiculture/microbial systems for the semi-arid climate.
In 2011, I organized and led the teaching team for a PDC in ultra-rural British Columbia, where I spent my 20's in a homesteading lifestyle. There was deep knowledge of sustainability information in that community, yet my friends who had continued on that path throughout the intervening decades wanted the PDC to help build cohesion of different generational views for supporting the community's collective resilience.
In 2012, I organized and led the teaching team for a PDC in SouthWest Colorado, hosted by a cohousing group. The emphasis was on building cohesion in community, and reliance on edible and medicinal wild plants.I've also taught hundreds of workshops in the United States and since moving to Ecuador in 2012. I have also taught workshops in Greece, Mexico, Fiji and Bali on many sustainable living topics.
In the Fall of 2012, my new husband and I moved to Ecuador, inspired by Ecuador's constitution that provides legal rights for nature, protects food sovereignty, bans GMOs, and the climate provides local food security, and year-round growing climate. I've often referred to myself as a "code refugee", as Boulder County laws, despite its reputation as a leader in sustainability, had made it untenable to continue teaching the PDC at my herb farm.
Vida Verde Farm in Southern Ecuador, www.vidaverde.info, is well under-way now, since September 2012, as our latest model. Being in a location that attracts a lot of international travellers, our PDCs tend to include a rich weave of local Ecuadoreans--from farmers to engineers as well as travellers from many countries.
We are fully engaged in natural building with Earthbag/bamboo/thatch roofing. Soil exhausted from deforestation and over-grazing--common themes around the world--are also our challenges.
Protection of the current constitutional ban on growing Genetically Modified food is an ongoing concern. Thus, we are focusing on providing alternatives to GM and petro-chemical based farming. We have helped start an organic market that has only producer-vendors, no re-sellers as a way in insure organic-only, with a tight peer-review guarantee system, and we are active producer-vendor members. Our other primary focus is all aspects of wise water use. In our PDCs, and in our consultancy work, we are aiming at creating a model of Water Retention Landscaping in the watershed our farm is in, as incentive for our goal of reforestation for valley-wide reforestation of Vilcabamba Valley. Our cluster of inter-related projects and relationships is described here http://vidaverde.info/yupaichaini-network/ Our land-based community project, Yupaichani Colectiva de Tierra is described here: http://vidaverde.info/yupaichani-organic-community/
|Central Rocky Mountain PC Institute|
|Type: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course|
|Verifying teacher: Jerome Osentowski|
|Other Teachers: Allison Peck|
|Location: Basalt CO|
|Date: Jan 1990|
|22 PDC Graduates (list)|
|0 PRI PDC Graduates (list)|
|1 Other Course Graduates (list)|
|have acknowledged being taught by Zia Parker|
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