Eco Practicums

The Design plan of permaculture applications for implementation in the Earth Care and Fair Share Phases will be solidified.  Trainees must work in groups.  Individual design projects must be supported by other projects that complement or are necessary for the success of each design process.  Eco Practicums must be designed to “mimic” a healthy ecosystem where each living and nonliving thing plays a critical role in the well-being of that system.

Eco Practicums can be land based (a farm, a garden, a suburban plot) or project based (building a high tunnel, a Tesla generator, passive solar lean to, herbal medicine making, health programming during Market Days, chicken tractor, solar water irrigation) or even process based (food systems transportation logistics, designing an app, structuring community skill-share, trainings, protocols for food preservation).

Inherent in the design, all group eco practicums must be the model of permaculture principals.  Be clear about which principals your project is a representation of.  The use of permaculture design tools in your eco practicum must be highlighted.  All eco practicums need to interconnect in some way enhancing the well-being and success of other eco practicums that can collectively move our communities towards resiliency and sustainability. In the contribution we all are to each other, our needs are met, our potentials are being actualized and the whole we create is greater than the sum of our parts.

We are designing a whole system

To begin to formulate your design plans, answer these questions:

  1. What is your niche?  What do you want to do?  What drove you to this training?
  2. Who is on your team?  Who do you need to be in relationship with to assist you in fulfilling your niche?
  3. How will your eco practicum improve the well-being of the whole?
  4. What are the permaculture principals, tools, and applications that are expressed in your eco practicum?
  5. What/who are your direct and indirect links?
  6. What are the elements in your design projects?  What functions do the elements serve?
  7. How will they work together to create a sustainable, energy efficient cycle?

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Dr. Jifunza Wright is a family physician and an organic farmer who has been using food as medicine for decades.

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