Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute’s

Work Trade


Permaculture Design Certificate Course

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 16, just after the Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence, we’ll devote eight 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 27th join our learning community to dive into your permaculture training until August 12th. Work-traders will stay until August 15th 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 $600 in exchange for your contribution. Your payment is due by June 1st.

We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis after April 22nd, 2012.

Work-Trade Days: July 16–20, 23-27, and August 13-15.

PDC Days: July 27-August 12

You will be asked to sign a contract stating your commitment to work on all scheduled days.

Location: Cayuta Sun (15 miles southwest of Ithaca, NY)

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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Tell us about yourself. We have to limit the number of apprentices we can admit. We welcome your honest, thoughtful answers to these questions to make the selection process easier.

If you are not selected for the work trade program, would you like be notified in time to register for the May 1st deadline for the $200 discount?

You will be asked to read and sign the following waiver upon your arrival:

"The work I will contribute can result in injury or death if I or others do not work carefully and responsibly. I understand the basic risks of activities associated with workshops, cleaning, carpentry, and landscaping. I will not hold the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute or any of the individuals working with them, responsible for any decisions, actions, or accidents that result in damaged goods or persons. I take full responsibility for safe travel to and from courses, for safe conduct in class and campsite facilities, and for safe interactions with my fellow students and staff."

Are you prepared to sign this liability waiver?

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