This post says it all, mostly. You can read more about my professional work here. You can also follow me on Twitter.
I’m involved with:
Gaia University International
Carbon Farming Course
Vermont Wilderness School
Institute for Natural Learning
Regenerative Design Institute
University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Program
I really love your blog. I learn alot and it is well written with passion and love. Thanks!!!!
Wonderful blog Connor, lots of enjoyable reading. Liked the cougar article. We have many alleged sightings of black panthers ghere i south-eastern Queensland – I don’t believe we have any wild escapees on the loose, but people’s reactions to stories about these big cats are always intriguing.
I’ve been enjoying your blog for some time, especially some of your most recent posts about the challenges facing beginning agroforestry/permaculture farmers. Being one such farmer, I am considering a return to academia to balance my food crop experience with some book knowledge on how to apply restoration and agroforestry techniques to a viable perennial food system. My eventual goal is to try my hand at growing edible and medicinal native plants (for small-scale markets), as well as some non-traditional livestock (along the lines of your “Pigs in the Woods” article) and perhaps some experiments in cultivating (again, for the small-scale local market) edible mushrooms that have thus far been mostly wild harvested. As you prepare to begin your M.S. studies, do you have any thoughts on univerisities or organizations that may be especially attractive to beginning farmers that want to take a more ecological or traditional practices approach to their agricultural degree?
Many thanks and well wishes!
Hmm, that’s a great question Genevieve. My first thought is, “not many”. As in, most of the land-grant colleges are pretty agribusiness in their approach. That said, a few places do come to mind, including University of Massachusetts-Amherst (a growing sustainable ag program as well as a lot of permaculture activities currently going on) and UC – Santa Cruz (both sustainable ag degree program AND their Farm & Garden 6-month intensive non-degree program). If getting a degree isn’t the important part to you, I would also look into the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness program (RDNA) in Bolinas, CA – http://regenerativedesign.org/courses-events/rdna. Are you looking for a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and/or just more training?
Thank you for your reply. I would be going for either a masters or perhaps a certificate of some sort. If there was a land management degree with a permaculture focus, that would be ideal. I am more concerned with acquiring the tools I would need to perform site analyses, plan long term plant successions, initiate and track bio-remediation efforts, and the like. The opportunity to research and modernize primitive land management techniques is also appealing.
Another option to look into might be the Conway School of Landscape Design – http://csld.edu/. Not explicitly permaculture-focused, but the studio professor Jono Neiger is a serious permaculture professional who’s moving the school in that direction. One appealing thing about Conway is that it’s a 1-year master’s program. I know a number of graduates who are really happy with the training they got there, including the aforementioned Jono Neiger as well as Dave Jacke (Edible Forest Gardens author, went through in the 80′s) and others. Hope that helps!
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