Join a small group of hard-working and fun-loving permaculture students to prepare the site of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course. If you can work well with a devoted crew in a small rural, off-grid community and can sustain a full day of thoughtful, purposeful, and hard manual labor, this may be a fun and affordable way to reduce the costs of earning a high-quality Permaculture Design Certificate.
Beginning July 15, we’ll devote nine days to setting up the permaculture camp’s bathrooms, shower, campsites, kitchen, waste systems and classroom facilities. The weekend of the 21st is free to explore Ithaca, the Finger Lakes and the Grassroots Festival of Music. On July 26th dive into your permaculture training until August 11th. Work-traders will stay through August 14th to help deconstruct and pack-up the permaculture camp.
Work-traders are welcome to camp at the PDC site throughout the entire month. Each will be expected to provide their own food and supplies, and the whole crew is encouraged to buy food, cook, and clean communally. A rustic camp kitchen will be provided, but please note that there is no refrigeration. During the PDC all meals are provided.
Your PDC tuition is reduced to $700 in exchange for your contribution. Your payment is due by June 1st.
We will began reviewing applications on a rolling basis April 15, 2013. We are still accepting more applications. It will be posted on this page when all positions are confirmed and we are no longer accepting applicants.
PDC Days: July 26-August 11
You will be asked to sign a contract stating your commitment to work on all scheduled days.
Please complete the following application:
Summer PDC Work Trade Application
After submitting your application, you will receive a brief email confirmation message from us within days to acknowledge that your information has been received. If you do not hear from us within a week please email us to inquire and try using the form again.
We usually receive a large number of applications. You will hear from us again, if you have been selected. We may ask for an interview. We arrange for face-to-face interviews in the Ithaca and Watkins Glen area or via telephone.
The full cost of the PDC including prepared community meals during the PDC, is $700 for work-traders.
Please do not send any payment until we have personally contacted you and confirmed your placement in our program.
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