Rak Tamachat Internship
I am raising funds to participate in a 6-month long permaculture practitioner internship with the Rak Tamachat institute in Thailand. This internship will give me these skills/knowledge and more:
- Permaculture ethics and principles
- soil fertility
- forest systems/farm forestry
- water in the landscape
- design methodology
- home garden design
- seed saving and managing a seed bank
- community facilitation
- natural building
- and many more...
After living, working and learning in Thailand I plan on coming back to the states to further an idea that has been growing for awhile: a non-profit program bringing educational garden systems to schools around the country. By teaching our children about where our food comes from, the importance of fresh food and the impacts of eating local and healthy foods, we can begin to positively sustain a future for our world. The basis of a sustainable and integrated gardening system will utilize many of the ideas founded in the permaculture field. By integrating these sustainable practices into this non-profit, I will be able to create a system that will virtually cost very little for the public school to continue on it's own. Public schools do not have large budgets and are constantly cutting wages and jobs to make ends meet. My dream is to integrate an educational garden in every public school in the United States. This non-profit would also incorporate permaculture ideals into an already established educational system: such as, 4-H Clubs, Future Farmers of America and other agriculture clubs that are teaching our youth about the practices of owning farms in our day and age of agriculture.
By changing the face of the generation before us and educating them about practices that will not only be more affordable, but also better for the environment in the long run, we are investing in the future of our children's health and also our environment.
Please help me to obtain the knowledge necessary to continue these dreams; dreams that are strongly rooted in research and very much obtainable. Thank you.