Professional Development. Your work place may have money set aside for their employees to learn new skills and improve their knowledge base. Ask you supervisor to help you fund this workshop! Show them the website and explain how your new knowledge will help improve your results on the job.
Get sponsorship from family and friends in exchange for design work you will offer them after the course. They will be investing in your education and they will benefit from the skills you learn. Show them the website, and what you will be able to help them with after the course. If you can get five sponsors for $200 each, then you will get the benefit of five practice designs. Then you can sell you will have a portfolio and the experience to start selling your new skills to others.
design a project and request support for taking the course and implementing your project.
That’s right, if you ask, people will give you money! Here is a sample letter you can send to your network to support this great learning opportunity. To share what you learned in the class invite them all over after and tell them about it: SEE SAMPLE FUNDING LETTER
College Credit. If you are a college student you may be able to take this course for credit. Contact us about the details.
Throw a fundraising BBQ. With fresh fish you caught and/or veggies from your garden. Tell people a little bit about Permaculture and what you plan to do with what you learn, then ask people to donate $25-$50 to help you achieve your goals. Ask some friends to play music or donate food. You will only need to convince a party’s worth of people to give money to cover your costs.
Pot up your raspberry shoots that are coming up where you don’t want them and sell them at the farmer’s market.
Make dandelion fritters and sell them to curious friends.
Hold a workshop teaching whatever skill you have or whatever is your passion or hobby… everyone wants to learn something new! (Charging people $10 per workshop hour seems about right, so a 3 hour workshop is $30/person) Or ask your friends to donate their time to teach a workshop. Making cheese, keeping chickens, pruning trees, baking bread, starting a garden, making a website, knitting, etc.
Our criteria for choosing work trade students is prioritized the same as for scholarships: people of color, people with few economic and social fund raising resources, and people with demonstrated need, who sign up early. Please make sure to state the work trade skills you have to offer, and how many hours you have available to work helping us with the preparation and delivery of the course -be specific when requesting information for registering, also indicate how much of a reduction you think your skills are worth towards your course tuition.
Payment plans are far easier to offer than scholarships. Please contact us about your needs, and we will be happy to work out a payment plan that works for you. At this point we have limited scholarships, so if you can afford a payment plan, this may be a good alternative. With the payment plan we are asking folks to pay in monthly installments: April 1, May 1, June 1, July 1, and final payment expected at course start on July 27.
Your Tuition is used to:
Cover the cost of the space, the food you will eat, marketing for the course, scholarships, and then, what is left is split amongst the instructors and pays for materials and for the field trips. To maximize your exposure to the great learning opportunities offered by visiting different places and learning from different people, ideally, I’d like to be able to afford to include some other great instructors in the sessions. There are a number of great teachers who live nearby, including Jonathan Bates who runs Foodforest Farm where you could purchase plants to take home with you http://www.permaculturenursery.com/
at his demonstration Food Forest that he co-created with one of my Terra-genesis collegues, author of Perennial Vegetables, Eric Tonesmeir http://www.edibleforestgardens.com/
. I have also contacted Mark Krawczyk about teaching a sesssion. He just got back from researching history and uses of multipurpose Coppice species in Europe and is also working on a book about the subject with Dave Jackie (http://video.permaculture.coop/video/596/coppice-workshop-with-mark-kra
Which additional teachers and activities I am able to include in the course, will depend on how much each person is able to contribute in the end, so I am asking that everyone who is interested in the course, please send me your deposit of $300, as well as at least tell me the maximum amount you are hoping to be able to pay for the course ASAP. I’d like to have this figured out by July 1, as some students need to purchase transportation tickets by this time, and I need to begin to make plans accordingly.