Traveling Artist Seeking Permaculture and Friendly Neighbors

A campaign by Brittany Eaton

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    Thank you! I will send you a personal note expressing my gratitude and current developments in travel and learning, and write your name in the sand on the beach so all the birds will know how sweet you are!

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    THANK YOU! For your contribution I will send you a postcard from Central America or Canada. Tell me if you have a preference and I'll do my best! Please be sure to send me your mailing address!

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    Thank you for your help! For your contribution I will send you a small sketch, drawing, or mixed media collage that I created on the road.

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    Thank you for your help! For your contribution I will send you a sketch, drawing, or mixed media collage that I created on the road!

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    I will send you a handmade postcard created on the road, sent to you from Central America or Canada. See my website for examples in my Postalitos series. http://www.brittanyeaton.com/collection/postalitos/

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    Thank you so much! I will send you a personal note thanking you for your contribution and an update on what I am doing. You have the option to commission me to draw or paint with watercolors something for you, or to choose from 8'x10' sized watercolors and drawings I will be working on while I am down there.

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    Thank you so much! Either commission me to paint something for you personally, or choose from the art I have already created.

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    Thank you!! For this amount you have a few options. 1. This is a deposit to join in my permaculture course that will be taught in Indiana, USA around December 2014. 2. Choose from several medium sized oil paintings shown on my website www.brittanyeaton.com. 3. Commission me to paint something personal for you this year, no larger than 24'x24'

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    Thank you! Options: 1 Choose a large scale oil painting from the Reclamation series on my website. http://www.brittanyeaton.com/collection/reclamation. 14 of these are currently available and all are beautifully framed and varying greatly in size. 2. Commission me to paint a large-scale oil painting for you. 3. This is a deposit towards taking a PDC taught by myself in the future

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    WOW! Thank you so much for your contribution! To show my gratitude, I would be happy to work with you to help you start your own permaculture and sustainable living project whether it is in your home, your backyard, or in your life. Some aspects I can help you with are site planning, what food you can grow locally, how to make your everyday life more sustainable and in harmony with nature. OR, commission me to paint you a large scale oil painting, see my website for examples of my work.

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    WOW! Thank you so much for your contribution! To show my gratitude, I would be happy to work with you to help you start your own permaculture and sustainable living project whether it is in your home, your backyard, or in your life. Some aspects I can help you with are site planning, what food you can grow locally, how to make your everyday life more sustainable and in harmony with nature. OR, commission me to paint you a large scale oil painting, see my website for examples of my work.

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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...

Cost Breakdown

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!