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March 2017
$25-$50

PRUNING & ORCHARD MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

March 5 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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This workshop with permaculture instructor Abel Kloster will cover the skills, resources and rhythm needed to manage an orchard year round while focusing specific attention on the winter season’s duties. Winter maintenance including pruning technique for optimal production and fertility management will be taught in a classroom setting and then demonstrated in the garden. Students will leave with both the knowledge necessary for year round maintenance and the hands-on skills to prepare their orchard for the summer growing season. This…

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$45-$75

GREEN WOODWORKING & CRAFTSMAN PHILOSOPHY

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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Join local woodcarver Daniel Yanchury of Corylus Crafts for a primer on working fresh-cut wood by hand with ancient tools. The class will have a mixed format with demonstrations on subjects like shaping wood by splitting, the nature and function of hand tools, sharpness and how to attain it, how wood changes as it dries and how to use this to your advantage, and carving a well-designed spoon. Students will learn and use several “Swedish knife grips” to carve a simple project…

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$75- $125 Sliding Scale

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - April 19 @ 8:00 pm
Lane Community College – Cottage Grove

The Sustainable Business Development Program will assist those interested in creating a business that contributes to positive social, environmental, and economic change. The program offers social justice focused sustainability education, business planning support and advising and an opportunity to network.  During this 5 week, 10 hour program ~ new designs will be explored and expanded upon. Discussion, networking and the creation of community ties will lead to strong new models for your sustainable business ideas!

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$25-$50

CLIMATE CHANGE & DESIGN FOR DISASTER

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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How do global climatic patterns inform our climate and weather in Western Oregon? What changing climatic conditions can we foresee for the Pacific Northwest as atmospheric carbon dioxide climbs to levels higher than any time in the last 100 million years?  What can we do now to prepare for and buffer the impacts of these changes in the way we design our food, water, energy, and shelter systems? What steps can we take to mitigate the impacts of wildfire or other catastrophes?…

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$25-$50

NATURAL PLASTERS & FINISHES

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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Earthen plasters offer a beautiful and sustainable alternative as a natural finish. We will be using local materials in this class to make and apply both base plasters and finish plasters.  You will learn how to create sample boards and what common ingredients and ratios are used for these different types of plasters.  Should time remain, we will explore wheat-paste paints and play with pigments.  Since studying natural building at Aprovecho, Emily Sessoms has utilized plasters in many of her clients’…

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April 2017
$45-$90

WILDCRAFTING & BREWING BOTANICAL ALES

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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Sample a wide variety of botanic ales: Urtication Ale, Cherry Yarrow Kriek, Elderberry Wine, Mountain Gruit and Ebulon. We’ll learn about health benefits, history and lore of select country wines (herbs + cane-based ferments), Gruits (herbs + grain or seed-based ferments), Methelglin (herb + honey based ferments) and Speciality Herbal Beers. We will start the day wild-harvesting and learning about a few seasonally available plants. We’ll spend the second half of the day engaged in a brewing demonstration and tasting. Leave with…

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TERRA PRETA SANITATION & BIOCHAR

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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Terra Preta is a soil-building technique developed by ancient Amazonian civilizations at least 7000 years ago as a solution to permanently solve the problems of poor tropical soil fertility. Terra Preta soils have been found to contain organic matter content that is 50x greater and contain 3x more Phosphorus and Nitrogen than neighboring forest soils. No water, ventilation, or external energy are required, and you can close the loop between issues of sanitation and bio-waste while feeding the soil food…

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May 2017
$2500

Appropriate Technology Series

May 1 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
Campus,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, OR 97424 United States
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The Appropriate Technology Series is a four-week course designed to empower students with the ability to implement simple, energy-saving technologies in the home, on the farm or in the field.  From solar cookers to methane digesters; rocket stoves to off-grid electrical systems, this four-week course delves into the science of sustainability while teaching the practical skills necessary for applying these technologies in the real world. This course will also be appropriate for those exploring new, green vocations in sustainability. By…

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August 2017

6 Week Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Immersion

August 6 - September 16
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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Aprovecho’s Sustainable Living Skills Immersion is the oldest program of its kind in the Northwest and includes hands on training in appropriate technology, sustainable forestry, natural building, water harvesting, and sustainable agriculture. The Permaculture Design curriculum is woven throughout the program, leaving students with a framework for integrating the learned strategies and techniques into cohesive designs for sustainable human settlement.

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September 2017

Permaculture Practicum in Water and Forestry Systems

September 24 - November 11
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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This course is designed for farmers, landowners, contractors, and students seeking to deepen their on-the-ground experience in planning and implementing regenerative forestry and water systems in the context holistic homestead and farm-scale projects. This program embeds students within three integrated focus areas: agroforestry and perennial food systems, timber based forest management, and water harvesting.  Projects will include construction of ponds and other earthworks, land survey and map making, indoor and outdoor aquaculture, keyline system survey and implementation, food forestry, timber…

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