Eastern Shore Food Lab

Permaculture Internship

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

Course Overview

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

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; social justice and community activism; 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. Trace the spectrum of permaculture topics along a curriculum customized for an academic area of focus. Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting weekly sector analysis at a self-selected campus location.
  • Coordinating the activities of Campus Garden volunteers.
  • Reading selections from assigned permaculture books and viewing films.
  • Writing a final paper or producing a video demonstrating an understanding of permaculture ethics and principles  relating to academic area of focus.

Students not seeking academic credit may tailor the internship to focus on areas of personal interest that relate to permaculture theory and practicum (i.e. aquaculture, edible landscaping, ethnobotany, food security, medicinal herbs, natural building, resiliency skills).