Wednesday, July 08, 2009

My Permaculture Internship

I have mentioned in a couple previous posts the internship I hope to attend next year. Most people who know about my blog already know where I want to go, and if you're astute then you noticed the name of it in my countdown timer in the right-hand sidebar. I want to talk about it a little bit today.

I plan on attending an internship with the Bullock Homestead on Orcas Island, (see map below) which is one of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. The general information I have right now is for the 2009 internship, which is happening right now, but their website mentions that the program will be similar for 2010. So if that holds true, it means that (if chosen) I will be heading up to Orcas sometime in March next year, and be there until at least October 30th, later if they will let me stay. I want to be there as long as possible so I can gain as much experience with living and working on a homestead as I can.

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During the course of this internship, I will learn what day-to-day life will be like on a permaculture homestead. I have chosen the Bullock Homestead because it is a well-established homestead in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Washington State, which is where I would like to own my own homestead one day. I think this will give me the best idea of what homesteading in Washington would be like. As a part of the internship, I will earn my Permaculture Design Certificate as well, which will also not only be helpful for me in designing my homestead, but in having the expertise that will encourage people to come to my homestead and learn from me once I am established. As I said in my previous post, I want to spread the message once I am able to.

Finally, as part of my preparation for attending this internship, I must read Introduction to Permaculture, by Bill Mollison. My next several posts will probably be based around thoughts I have while reading this book, and (Warning!) may contain drab notes or other random ideas that pop into my head that I want to preserve for myself later. As I've said before, this blog is not just for writing to a (currently non-existent) audience, but I also want it to serve as an easily catalogued notebook for myself. Thanks for reading!

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