Eastern Shore Food Lab

Permaculture Internship

The Permaculture Internship focuses on the hands-on development of ecological design skills involved in regenerative food production systems. 

Permaculture Interns are the field agents and food producers of the Eastern Shore Food Lab. Interns learn a life-enriching design philosophy and practice an ecologically mindful way of being. 

Course Overview

Under the guidance of Shane Brill, the Permaculture Intern explores permaculture methods ranging from apiary management to wildcrafting. Landscaping projects, film viewings, and readings will supplement weekly seminar meetings.

Topics Covered

Aquaculture, edible landscaping, ethnobotany, food security, medicinal herbs, natural building, and resiliency skills; energy conservation technologies; land restoration techniques; food forests, plant guilds, and gardens for self-sufficiency; patterns in nature and culture; principles of natural systems; social justice and community activism; sustainable design methodologies; water harvesting techniques; wildlife management and biological pest control.

Student Responsibilities

This internship consists of 70 work hours, or about 5 hours per week. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct weekly sector analysis at a self-selected campus location.
  • Maintain a journal of activities and participate in discussion-based seminar.
  • Read Practical Permaculture and watch assigned permaculture films.
  • Participate in garden workdays; turn the compost on a scheduled basis.
  • Create a budget for future projects at the campus garden and River and Field Campus outpost.
  • Develop 5 plant research profiles for publication on the Eastern Shore Food Lab website. 

The internship begins the week of September 9.