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Aprovecho at the PIELC Environmental Conference
Aprovecho will be hosting a panel discussion at the PIELC 2018: Local Character, Global Vision Environmental Conference that will take place March 1-4, 2018 at the University of Oregon School of Law. See our talk on Saturday March 3rd at 12:20 in room LAW 282. Reintegrating Humans in Natural Systems: Permaculture, Agroforestry and Natural Building Aprovecho Center for Research and Education in Sustainability presents an exploration into economic and social outcomes of a place-based culture of land care in the Willamette Valley bio-region and beyond. We will discuss the potential for environmental biodiversity, economic production, empowering local community and deepening relationships and culture with historic and present day case studies. Panelists: Abel Kloster, Aprovecho Land Steward and Owner of Resilience Permaculture Design LLC.; Abby Andrus Colehour, Program Coordinator at Aprovecho; Sara Tamler, Aprovecho Alumna, Natural Builder, The Pueblo Project and Mud City Construction; Joe Pongratz, Aprovecho Alumnus, Permaculture and Water & Forestry Systems, Chris Foraker, Director of Natural Building Department at Aprovecho, Owner, Cascadia Vernacular Design/Build LLC. The conference is free to attend, just register at PIELC.org Hope to see you there!
Inhabit Camp Volunteer Opportunity
Join us for a fun and productive week at Aprovecho beginning 10am on Tuesday March 13th. The team at Aprovecho will be tackling a few landscape and infrastructure projects and are looking for volunteers to join us. It’s not all just hard work–we will build in time for small crafts and skillsharing, tea breaks and communal meals, social activities and hot tubbing, depending on the whims of the day. With the Aprovegetables as crew leaders, all participants will help plan the flow of the week and are encouraged to initiate supplemental activities (crafts, song circle, meditations, forest hikes, games, mini-workshops, etc). You can expect to learn a thing or two about natural building, garden and forest care, and other sustainable living skills through completing the projects, as well as becoming familiar with the Aprovecho habitat. This week is inspired by one of our elders, Hazel, at Siskiyou Permaculture, whose philosophy is “Everything to do, nothing to get done.” The week will culminate in a bonfire party in celebration of the Spring Equinox on Saturday, March 17. (more…)
Aprovecho ProgramsAppropriate Technology Series
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.Learn MoreWinter Semester Workshops
Our Winter Semester Workshops will be held this year from September 15th, 2017, until March 25th, 2018. Whether you’re new on the path of sustainable living or have lived and taught sustainable living skills for years, we have a selection of workshops to enrich and guide you on your journey. Our workshops develop environmental career skills, homesteading skills and cultivate social networks specific to sustainability. Learn More2 Week Permaculture Design Course
Join the Cascadia Permaculture Institute this spring for our 2 week comprehensive permaculture design course. This course will help you gain a clear understanding of the theory and practice of ecological design through lecture, discussion, slideshows, design projects, and hands-on experience.Learn MoreNatural Building & Green Design
Aprovecho’s Natural Building Program is a design/build school offering educational opportunities in the design and construction of energy efficient structures using sustainable materials. Trainings are offered both for the do-it-yourself home-builder as well as students pursuing a career as a designer/builder. Learn MorePermaculture Design Certification and Sustainable Living Immersion
Aprovecho's flagship program blends empowering and hands on permaculture design training with a survey of sustainable living skills on a site renowned for over 30 years of work in Permaculture and sustainable development with an assemblage of many of the best teachers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
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