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2014 was an incredible year for us at Ridgedale Permaculture. We hit the ground running and with an awesome Core Team from around the world and all the amazing people who came through the farm we achieved so much both on the land and in education, and gained support of over 10,000 followers to our Fb page Thanks so much to all of you who contribute to this amazing place. We have so much to be grateful for, and it is such a joy and pleasure to be able to share our experience and learning with some of the brightest minds and kindest hearts we've ever met. We have always valued making our Educational activities as accessible as possible; one of our main objectives is supporting as many people as possible into farming & land based enterprises and professional regenerative design. We've been doing pretty good with it; yet settled at our Swedish home base where we have to operate in this economy (not exactly set up to support small, local regenerative enterprises!) we realize many around the world just can't afford to make it to our trainings. So we've been considering how we can support low income folks who have the passion and commitment, who are dedicating their lives to regenerating their soils and communities. So Yohanna & Richard have decided to offer super low cost placement's for both our next Permaculture Design Course and our pioneering training; 8 Week Farm Scale & Professional Permaculture Internship.
This offer is open until 16th jan...
We searched around all corners of Sweden to find a place to set up our farm project, with a list of around 50 goals we were trying to meet. We found it, and with our incredible Core Team and Intern's laid out the skeleton of the farm in our first 6 month season as you can see in the brief recap of the year below;
We're trying to share as much of this journey with as many people as possible through our trainings, writings, etc. You can read more about the last season's experience in a recent article on our blog. 2015 will see us scaling up egg and broiler production, introducing forest pigs, extending the gardens for a CSA, earthworking and more reforestation work. It's going to be epic.
Whilst our trainings are comparatively low priced for what we offer, we know a lot of people who could benefit from this just can't afford our workshops. We decided as part of our Fair Share policy to pay it forward and offer 1 spot on our next highly regarded Permaculture Design Course (9-23rd May 2015) training for 2000.00 SEK (normally 10, 500 SEK). Details for this training are found here.
We are also offering 1 spot on our unique & pioneering 8 Week Farm Scale & Professional Permaculture Internship (normally 36,000 SEK) for 9,500 SEK. This 8 Week Certificate training includes;
• 90hr+ PRI (Aus) & PC Assoc (UK) certified PDC
• Introduction to Holistic Management (Savory Institute Certified) & integrated Animal Systems
• Keyline Design & Water Management
• Agroforestry & Perennial Cropping
• Annual vegetable production & Regenerating Soils
There is no other training like this we know about, so we are looking to support someone who will really utilize what they learn with us in a highly active way. Details of this training are found here.
At this point both the PDC and Internship are booking up, but spots are available on both. If you have already signed up you can still apply. We shall select the lucky 2 people early in the New Year. You will need to pay the fee within 10 days of receipt of the news or you forfeit the gift (which will go to someone else). To be in for a chance you need to;
Best wishes for 2015, thank you so much for all the support that has come in from around the globe. It is such an honor to share these journeys together...
30/12/2014 05:46:53 am
I would utilize this training to get a deeper knowledge in permaculture and hopefully it will kickstart me in setting up my own sustainable farm, to be able to feed my family and friends.
30/12/2014 12:17:38 pm
Wow !! This is best thing that I heard in this year. I would be really benefitted by this training not only by getting hands-on training and knowledge of permaculture techniques but also its will act as both launch pad and solid foundation to start my own permaculture farm. I believe this opportunity will surely give my right tools to shape my career goals and will benefit my family and friends, and whole community.
31/12/2014 12:32:58 am
I've been studying permaculture on my own for a few years and would really like a chance to do a PDC to go back to the basics and fill in the blanks since it's hard to make sure one doesn't miss anything when self-studying. Being a young ex-art student I've never been able to afford a PDC, so this seems like the opportunity of a lifetime to get the knowledge I need in order to get going in a more helpful direction!
31/12/2014 02:41:29 am
Over the last years I have dug deep into the issue of soil degradation and had an awakening in terms of the positive impact that regenerative agriculture can have on our landscapes, food systems, ecosystem health, economic & ecological resilience and climate change mitigation. Committed to networking and awareness raising I ran the Summer of Soil project, after which I realised that we need more people actually restoring land. I created a vision of a land restoration project and have since committed to restore at least 100 hectares of degraded land during my life. I believe this 8 week training at Ridgedale is the most strategic and rich training on my path to make this happen. This generous offer will enable me to bring my partner and 1 year old daughter along to the training, which would make it possible for us to participate and contribute. As a young family without a job or capital we struggle to find the funds, and would be so grateful! We will commit to pay it forward again once the time comes, and contribute with all our gifts during the training!
31/12/2014 11:04:38 pm
First off, what an generous opportunity provided by Richard and Yohanna, two great people and inspirations for all the burgeoning young regenerative agrarians out there. This past year, both the Ridgedale Facebook page and blog have been great resources for gleaning personal and educational accounts of a developing regenerative enterprise in "real-time"... as projects, problems, and educational events unfolded in a very inclusive, "open sourced" manner. What a model for us to look to going forward.
3/1/2015 02:26:48 am
Hej, jag har betalat in 2.500:- i deposition för krsen i maj 2015! Har dock inte fått bekräftelse från er personligen att ni mottagit pengarna!
3/1/2015 04:06:25 am
7/1/2015 06:32:14 pm
Shared it on Facebook, but want to make sure that I get a spot in the lottery ;)
9/1/2015 11:47:48 am
Ok, nu har ni min mail:) Borgadress@hotmail.com
10/1/2015 04:54:07 am
My goal is to give knowledge from permaculture to my grandchildren, thats my best gift to them./Eva grandmother
12/1/2015 02:45:46 am
The internship that you are offering at Ridgedale farm would be the most perfect opportunity for me to set my foundation in permaculture. Ridgedale excites me for many reasons. Firstly, to be able to learn from highly experienced practitioners at this stage in my development would give me a strong basis to continue onwards with a solid awareness of permaculture techniques. Having thoroughly studied permaculture and worked on a vast range of projects from all different countries and climates, you have an abundance of knowledge and are valuable teachers. I would love to learn from you and be part of this journey.
12/1/2015 02:49:56 am
...Continued from previous comment...I recently applied for the vacancy open for your core team member as I am keen to be under your guidance. A long-term placement is very exciting as there is so much potential to learn and practice. The internship would be an incredible learning experience, but as a full time volunteer the fees were outside of my budget therefore I didn’t apply. But now, realizing that you are offering the internship at a subsidised fee I would love the opportunity to take part as I know it would be an invaluable investment for my development as a permaculturist.
13/1/2015 06:56:07 am
14/1/2015 02:54:30 am
Hello all at Ridgedale !
14/1/2015 01:36:55 pm
Despite being the student of Horticulture, I am relatively new to the field of permaculture. However, my introduction to the concept of permaculture has firmly reshaped my career goals and I whole-heartedly believe, this is not only THE direction for my life but also the right path for the future of our planet.
15/1/2015 03:11:00 am
As a genuine permaculture enthusiast since my first introduction course in 2011 I have been around to look at permaculture related stuff, south east asia and a seven state west coast permaculture roadtrip with Paul Wheaton, been on a internship in Oregon. I also took the Geoff Lawton online PDC in 2013, started a permaculture association, took the Elaine Ingham Soil food web course, co-teached a PDC at my place and had a decent first growing season on my permaculture site near Oslo, Norway with vegetables, pigs, chickens and rabbits. I've held lectures and workshops at home and abroad, been in the media many times. However, what you guys are achieving at Ridgedale is nothing short of awesome! World class permaculture, for sure! Already you are the most interesting permaculture site in scandinavia, and I wish you all the best!
23/1/2015 06:39:39 pm
Congrats to Nishad and Joel who we have offered these highly subsidized spots to. Look forward to contributing in this small way...
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