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March 2017
$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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April 2017

TERRA PRETA SANITATION & BIOCHAR – POSTPONED!

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aprovecho,
80574 Hazelton Rd.
Cottage Grove, 97424
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This workshop will happen a little later in April – stay tuned for updates! 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…

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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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$230

Introduction to Metalsmithing

May 2 @ 2:00 pm - May 3 @ 5:00 pm

The first session in the Appropriate Technology Series, this day and a half long workshop will cover the basics of metal fabrication: layout, cutting, welding (both electric and gas) and finishing. This workshop is designed to get you started on the skills you need to design, install, and maintain the systems of an off-grid homestead, as well as to give students a foundation in the skills needed to follow a career path in metalworking, whether as a contractor or artist. Cost: $230…

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$150

Introduction to Natural Building

May 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The second session of the Appropriate Technology Series is taught by Chris Foraker, Aprovecho’s Natural Building Program Director who brings over 10 years experience teaching and building natural homes. This foundational workshop will give participants an overview of the materials and techniques used in natural building, also known as vernacular architecture. You’ll learn the basics of design and construction of energy efficient structures using locally-sourced, non-toxic materials. TUITION: $150 DEPOSIT: $40 REGISTER Room and board is optional and students may have the option…

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$85

Off-Grid Plumbing 101

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

This is the third session in the Appropriate Technology Series. Students will learn 90% of household plumbing skills. The basics of solar hot water systems will also be covered. TUITION: $85 DEPOSIT: $25 REGISTER Room and board is optional, and students may have the option of staying on campus in the dormitory or camping, depending on availability. Register early to reserve your space. A bed in the dormitory is $30 per night, and meals are $6/meal or $15 for three…

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$85

Introduction to Woodworking

May 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This is the fourth session in the Appropriate Technology Series. This workshop will introduce the basics of working with wood from a live tree to a finished product. TUITION: $85 DEPOSIT: $25 REGISTER Room and board is optional, and students may have the option of staying on campus in the dormitory or camping, depending on availability. Register early to reserve your space. A bed in the dormitory is $30 per night, and meals are $6/meal or $15 for three in a…

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$700

Harnessing Fire: Cook and Rocket Stove Technology and Design

May 8 @ 9:00 am - May 13 @ 5:00 pm

This is the fifth session of the Appropriate Technology Series. Taught by Mike Hatfield of Aprovecho Stove Lab, this week-long workshop will dig deep into the function and design of cook stoves and rocket stoves, as well as explore the rich history Aprovecho has as innovators of improved heating and cooking designs. The purpose is to give the participant the ability to design and build a cook stove and rocket stove in their off-grid home in order to provide heat and…

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$1300

Off-Grid Home Heat: Rocket and Cook Stoves, Testing, and Consultancy

May 8 @ 9:00 am - May 19 @ 5:00 pm

This two-week workshop, taught by Mike Hatfield of Aprovecho Stove Lab, is designed to give the participant the skills and theoretical knowledge needed to design, build, and innovate home heat and cook technology. Take both Harnessing Fire and Stove Testing weeks. It is highly recommended to participate in both sessions. TUTION: $1,300 DEPOSIT: $325 REGISTER   Room and board is optional, and students may have the option of staying on campus in the dormitory or camping, depending on availability. Register…

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$595

Off-Grid Power: Solar, Electric, Simple Machines, and Hydro

May 22 @ 9:00 am - May 25 @ 5:00 pm

This final week of the Appropriate Technology Series will cover a number of appropriate technology topics, including: Off-Grid Power, including solar and hydro electric Solar hot water The basics of simple machines Humanure systems Participants will walk away from this workshop with a foundational knowledge, proficiency, and confidence in these essential functions of the off-grid home. TUITION: $595 DEPOSIT: $150 REGISTER   Room and board is optional, and students may have the option of staying on campus in the dormitory…

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June 2017
$3200

Sustainable Shelter Series

June 4 @ 4:00 am - July 22 @ 5:00 pm

The Sustainable Shelter Series is a seven week course designed to empower participants with the ability to build and/or renovate their own home using simple techniques and locally-sourced, non-toxic materials.  During this course we will start from the ground and move up teaching the art/science of natural building and green design.  You can take this course as a whole or choose week by week depending on your interests. The course is taught by a TEAM of Pacific Northwest natural builders with years…

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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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