Keipos Internship//Entry 1

What is the definition of Permaculture? Well it depends…

“ Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.” — Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” — Bill Mollison

“ Permaculture…an ethical design tool, creating sustainability through the integration of diversity, stability, & resilience in ecologically-sound, economically-viable human environments respecting the whole of creation.” — Dawn Shiner

For the next 11 weeks, I will be interning with Keipos at New Earth Farm & Goods, where I will be earning my Permaculture Design Certificate. I will be knowledgeable and equipped to design productive food systems sustainably. during my time earning my certificate, I will be doing hands-on learning at New Earth Farm & Goods. I could not have been more excited for this opportunity. I am obsessed with food and how to make our production of what we eat sustainable, so this could not be more perfect. I started Monday, and I love it. SO. MUCH.

I so far definitely love the farm life. It’s very purposeful work. No matter what task I am doing, be it weeding, shoveling manure, planting seedlings, or moving a chicken coop, I never find myself seeing no purpose. Every bit of work leads into something greater, which is the pursuit of a plentiful harvest. Producing food feels like a calling to me. I wake up every morning ecstatic to go to the farm. And I come home so satisfied and exhausted from the full day's work, the rest of my life has been put on hold (what’s unpacking /and exercising regularly anyway?). But that’s completely okay, I welcome the adjustment period.

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