I am an artist with a background in land conservation, organic farming/gardening and an aspiring permaculture designer. I first witnessed the magic of applied permaculture while WWOOFing in Portugal, and since then I have been working on organic farms in California. After this last season I am so excited to leave row crops behind and become more serious about the methods of permaculture, and to gain the knowledge I need to share them with others. I intend to teach courses in the future to promote awareness of growing food, home building projects, living sustainably and community growth and sharing.
Born in California, raised in the Midwest, and having lived abroad in Europe, I still feel that I know little about my neighboring countries. I love to travel and usually can be found in a state of in-between one place and the next. Though I don't own a car, travel can be costly in terms of money and fossil fuels. And lately I have been wondering, could these travel urges be satisfied in a much more environmentally friendly way in countries that border the USA? Would this build a better sense of community as a continent? I am traveling not just to volunteer, gain knowledge in permaculture, make worldly friends and gather inspiration for my art. I am also traveling to see how I might expand the vision of community for myself and others.
My travel plans for 2014 are loosely structured and centered around farms, gardens, agroforestry and permaculture sites, national parks, and art, design, and building projects. I will begin in Costa Rica where I will volunteer to help a new project at The Monkey Farm.
My Permaculture Design Course (PDC) will take place on Isla Ometepe, Nicaragua at Project Bonafide. I can't wait to experience their incredible agroforestry methods, and to spend time on a volcanic island inside of a huge lake! For my travel plans from there, you will have to visit my website for news and updates as I continue to travel north -Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada...
I have set my goal low because I will receive nothing if it is not completely funded. However, through this campaign I am hopefully able to raise much more than that! Here is a breakdown of my costs to better understand what I really need to make this trip successful.
- Transportation to volunteer in Costa Rica $480
- Permaculture Design course in Nicaragua $1,300
- Cob/Earthen Building Methods Course in Guatemala $300
- Internship at Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize $600
- Gear for trip and art supplies purchased this month $400
- My computer JUST died, getting it fixed/buying a new one $300-400
A big reason I am planning to take this course is because I would like to teach Permaculture Design in the future. In the Midwest where I grew up, it seems very little is known about permaculture though so many people I know have access to space where they could be growing food and giving back to their surrounding ecosystems. I would love to individually help people design their own projects, and I am tentatively planning to teach an Intro to Permaculture course in December 2014. Please contact me for details, and if you'd like to take a course by me, your contribution to my campaign will sign you up now! Knowing I have people interested in taking it will help make it happen.
As an artist, I have a lot I can offer to those of you who are interested to learn about permaculture and who may want to receive art sent to them personally from another country. Check out the fun rewards I'm offering, and please feel free to email me! You can choose from art I have created that you'd like to hang up at home, or you can commission me to paint something for you personally.
Thank you so much for reading about my project for this year and beyond, I hope you will help me make it all happen!