Sustainability

Permaculture Internship

The Permaculture Internship will focus on the hands-on development of gardening and ecological design skills involved in regenerative food production systems. Students may receive academic credit for this unpaid internship.

Course Overview

Under the guidance of Campus Garden advisor Shane Brill, the Permaculture Intern will explore permaculture methods ranging from apiary management to wildcrafting. Landscaping projects, readings, and films will supplement weekly discussions.

Topics Covered

Energy conservation technologies; land restoration techniques; food forests, plant guilds, and gardens for self-sufficiency; patterns in nature and culture; principles of natural systems; sustainable design methodologies; water harvesting techniques; wildlife management and biological pest control.

Student Responsibilities

For academic credit, this internship consists of 140 work hours, or about 10-12 hours per week. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct weekly sector analysis at a self-selected campus location
  • Coordinate the activities of Campus Garden volunteers
  • Read selections from assigned permaculture books and films
  • Write a ten-page final paper demonstrating an understanding of permaculture ethics and principles on a topic of personal interest