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 Food Initiative. Interns learn a life-enriching design philosophy and practice an ecologically mindful way of being.

    The Permaculture Internship can be adapted to most majors for academic credit. This approach requires working with a faculty advisor to meet additional academic requirements, which vary by department and typically include journal submissions and completion of a final paper. 

    Course Overview

    Under the guidance of Shane Brill, the Permaculture Intern explores permaculture methods ranging from apiary management to wildcrafting. Film viewings and readings will supplement weekly seminar meetings. Research and design will lead to real-world project implementation.

    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

    The credit bearing internship consists of 70 work hours, or about 7 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 Campus Garden and RAFC outpost workdays.
    • Develop 5 plant research profiles for publication on the Food Initiative website. 
    • Help guide public walks on wild edible plants.

    Align with Nature

    Learn more about how the permaculture toolkit and philosophy inspires sustainability efforts on campus.

    Permaculture Interns

    Spring 2020
    Marianne Herbst ’23
    Alexa Reed ’20

    Fall 2019
    Max Moore ’22

    Fall 2018
    Kai Clarke ’20
    Casey Lockard ’20
    Kelsey McNaul ’19

    Summer 2018
    Carson Thomas ’19

    Spring 2018
    Emily Castle ’18
    Melia Greene ’20
    Nicole Hatfield ’21
    Doug Kurtz ’21 
    Callie McMaster ’21
    Julia Portmann ’19
    Alex Sabo ’20