Permaculture Internship Program
Practical Permaculture Experience
>Please note that Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate to participate<
Several times a year, immediately following the Permaculture Design Course course, a 4-week Permaculture Internship Program is offered. This hands-on experience includes a series of workshops designed to prepare participants to implement or lead permaculture projects. The internship program uses lectures, followed by practical applications, to thoroughly cover the techniques of project development and maintenance. Interns will be fully involved in all aspects of farm activities. The goal is to apply the designs and practice the methods that pertain to everyday permaculture farm situations.
Week 2: Animals and water
Week 1: Soil fertility and waste water
Natural soil fertility maintenance
Week 4: Natural building
Natural building techniques
Farm forestry chainsaw milling
Renewable energy systems
Week 3: Bulk food
Design Application Project
During the internship, a design application will be realized in an urban or suburban environment. Working with a local, in-need applicant homeowner, we'll go into the community to design and implement a residential lot. This program advances community food self-reliance, household economy, cultural integrity and nutritional improvement, all while minimizing the local carbon footprint.
Working along side the landowner, together we'll design an appropriate food systems based on both general nutritional needs and the landowners preferences. We'll use Finca Tierra's seed bank, plant materials and nursery to implement the design. The result will be a low maintenance, tropical food system that supplies much of a complete diet. Intern participants will gain the experience and confidence of implementing their first, real-world consultation and application.
Interns become a part of the farm community's daily life, which involves set tasks and routines including:
Communal meal preparation
General farm maintenance
Farm tools and equipment use
Food storage and processing
Seed saving and propagation
Program Dates (4-weeks):
SOLD OUT - Winter: Monday, January 23, 2017– Saturday, February 18, 2017
Limited space remains - Spring: Sunday, March 19, 2017- Saturday, April 15, 2017
Enrollment open - Summer: Sunday, August 13, 2017- Saturday September 9, 2017
Enrollment open - Winter: Sunday, January 21, 2018– Saturday, February 17, 2018
Enrollment open - Spring: Sunday, March 18, 2018- Saturday, April 14, 2018
Lodging: Private bamboo cabins or a shared bamboo bunkhouse
Three meals daily
Program Info & Fee:
NOTE: Interns must have a Permaculture Design Certificate to participate
Space is limited to twelve individuals. Please register early, as the course can fill quickly. Tuition does not include airfare or travel to/from Finca Tierra. The $400 USD required deposit is non-refundable. The final payment is due two (2) weeks before course commences. Tuition is refundable until thirty days before the course start date. Meals will include traditional cuisine and use farm products. Meals are traditional cuisine using farm products. Academic credits / partial or full grants are sometimes available to undergraduate and graduate students (ask us for more information). The program is taught in English.
$1,540 (Late registration fee (10% extra) for bookings made less than two weeks before the course start date)