Farming the Dream
Travel around the world, learn to farm and live for free
"How do we live sustainably?"
Permaculture isn’t just about sustainability and ecology, it is about loving life.
Imagine having the capability to run completely off grid, with water filtration systems, composting, livestock, and healthy organic food.
“For my permaculture design certificate I visited a farm in Costa Rica, called Punta Mona, right on the coast of the Caribbean sea and backing onto the deep, dark, thick jungle. This farm was completely in the middle of nowhere, off grid and hosted almost 50 people. It was a 14 day, 72 hour course”. Abigail Turple said. Abigail is a second year at the Niagara Parks school of Horticulture.
“Every morning there was yoga, followed by a wholesome organic vegetarian breakfast. We then spent our days learning in the outdoor classrooms, eating more delicious backyard foods and by night we had fun by the sea”, she said.
Imagine what the world would be like if we based agricultural practice on patterns and features from natural ecosystems.
“You really want to focus on working with nature, rather than against it, observing what works in your landscapes and replicating it,” said Abigail.
If this sounds like something that interests you there are many inexpensive ways to travel and get involved.
“There are many permaculture design courses throughout the world and it just depends on what your expectations are and where you want to go. Many of them offer a way to work around the world on organic farms while learning and staying for free,” Abigail said.
Check out http://wwoofinternational.org for more information, and to learn more about permaculture read, Permaculture – A Designers Manual, by Bill Mollison.
written byAutumn Ladouceur