|Cerrillos, NM, United States|
(projects i'm involved in)
Amanda’s experience of sustainable systems began with an interest in ecosystems from an early age. Entering Hampshire College in 1991, she designed her curriculum to focus on Ecological Restoration and Landscape Design. Her studies took her to courses and internships at environmental education centers in the US and abroad.
She studied with John and Nancy Todd (The New Alchemy Institute, Ocean Arcs Intl) and Fritjof Capra (physicist and author: The Tao of Science, The Turning Point). She has worked with the Center for Biological Diversity, developing curriculum and helping manage outreach programs.
Amanda developed and ran an Agriculture Education Program at Arcosanti’s Farm Center for three years in the late 90s. This program integrated community food systems, permaculture techniques, hands on educational tools and indigenous farming strategies.
At the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners she ran a job training program for economically disadvantaged populations, including veterans, gang members, and homeless folks to restore the tidal marshes, grasslands and riparian habitats of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Beginning with a career in Land Restoration and Permaculture, Amanda’s interest in regenerative relationships between humans and our natural environment led to exploring solar work, greywater systems, and natural building techniques.
A big advocate for the wisdom of heating with the sun, Amanda has studied with passive solar inventors Barbara Kerr and Steve Baer. Amanda has been exploring and experimenting with passive solar designs for over a decade.
Amanda has been a speaker at events and conferences such as the Local Food Festival, Albuquerque’s Solar Fiesta, and Santa Fe’s Water and Energy Expo. She has taught at Ampersand, Santa Fe Community College, and Ecoversity. She volunteers as a coordinator of the Madrid Community Garden. Her passion is to make conscious living in harmony with our environment accessible to everyday folks.
Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center is now accepting applications for their Sustainable Living Internship Program which begins May 22nd. Our off-grid site demonstrates sustainable systems including permaculture, land restoration, organic gardening, pass
Ampersand is in the high desert of New Mexico. After developing our permaculture systems for the past 10 years, we are offering Sustainable Living Residencies. It's a good place to learn about living off the grid in a tiny strawbale home.
The application for the scholarship is due in just a couple days. The internship runs late May to Late July at Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center
We are now accepting applications for our internship program, May 23 to July 18th. There is a scholarship available too. Applications due by March 30th. www.ampersandproject.org