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Cascadia Permaculture Apprenticeship Application
Please read through the apprenticeship description and select the opportunity you would like to participate in. Our apprenticeships are heavily rooted in self-directed learning. We look for enthusiastic and proactive individuals with a positive attitude. We recommend, but do not require, apprenticeship applicants have a basic understanding of Permaculture principles, organic garden techniques and construction.
Apprenticeship Description
The intention of Wilson Creek Gardens Apprenticeship Program is to enhance and empower our participants in homesteading skill building that could potentially lead toward right livelihood… also, to have fun.

The opportunities:
* Prepare a tailored course of study based on any aspect of Permaculture
* Experience multiple situations for learning, from professional to personal
* Create a plan for when you leave; possibilities for right livelihood
* Assist with the development of Wilson Creek Gardens Permaculture based systems
* The possiblity of attending courses held on site

Jude's role in the Apprenticeship:
* Guide in defining your goals, setting milestones and providing feedback for your personal plan of learning.
* Facilitate academic learning: i.e., research and documentation regarding your specific area(s) of interest(s) based on whole systems design.
* Assist with hands-on projects
* Check in on your well-being

Work Hours & Timeline:
* Apprentices are expected to engage in 10 hours of direct study and approximately 18 hours of WCG projects per week.
* Apprenticeships can be of varying lengths and are based on specific interests. There are weekly meetings including evaluation processes.

Lodging & Main House Use:
* Lodging, depending on the time of year: tent camping, in the Cedar Nest or main house.
* Shower and toilet facilities in main house. Outdoor: solar shower; in process and humanure.
* Kitchen use: TBD

* Learning environment with related field trips
* We provide camping/housing. You are responsible to purchase and prepare your own food and any other costs. Group meals occasionally happen. Share in cost of Wi-Fi
* If need be, there are opportunities for employment within the Cottage Grove area

*** Sorry no pets.

The Site
Wilson Creek Gardens is nestled at the south end of the Willamette Valley in Cottage Grove, Oregon. We steward 7.5 acres with a wide variety of plants, wildlife and micro-climates from which to learn. There is a year round creek and over an acre of edible landscapes, vegetable gardens, orchards, forest gardens, northwest native plants and non-edible ornamentals. To the southwest there are five acres of mixed species forest. We live ¼ mile from Cottage Grove Reservoir and are surrounded by bike and hiking trails. One of our students called WCG’s a ‘Permiewonderland’!
Location: 10 miles south of town, not near a bus line, own transportation is recommended.
Options for Skill Building
* Study design methodologies with a focus on whole systems thinking
* Learn the process of ‘to scale’ map making and element selection and placement

* All aspects of organic gardening, edible landscape design, orcharding, harvesting and food preservation
* Plant selection and propagation

* Passive Solar Shower Water Tower: building stage
* Hydro Power Design: in the research stage

* Continue to co-build the Cedar Nest…our Small House: 11’x16’ structure built with scavenged and/or recycled materials & clay/straw slip infill
* Set up interior kitchen & greywater system
* Enhance existing small-attached glass greenhouse
* Whatever is the latest project

* Skill Building to teach Permaculture

* Design and build reed beds for greywater systems
* Water projects: catchments and stream restoration
* Animal husbandry for a small flock of chickens
* Bird, wildlife, and native plant habitat enhancement
* Bringing in the winter firewood

Local Activities
* Miles of hiking, cycling and swimming
* Enjoy and explore a wide variety of natural environments especially for mushroom hunting and bird watching.
* Visit Permaculture Demonstration Sites
* Connect with the wonderful Cottage Grove Community
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Memorandum of Understanding:
We will complete this section once your application is accepted.

I am interested in open and transparent communications. If either of us have any concerns, what so ever, we will discuss these as soon as we are aware of them. I will honor my commitments.
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I agree to be respectful of the land and persons living on site. I will bring any concerns to Jude as soon as I am aware of them. I will honor my commitments.

Signature of Apprentice: _____________________________________
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Jude Hobbs
Jude Hobbs is an internationally recognized educator and land consultant. Drawing upon 35 years’ experience in utilizing whole-system design techniques, she provides environmentally sound solutions in urban and rural settings which promotes sustainable actions.
Through her business, Ago-Ecology Northwest, Jude specializes in encouraging farm management practices for optimizing resource conservation, biodiversity, watershed enhancement and income diversification.
As an educator, she conveys her passion for permaculture by providing curricula developed to encompass diverse learning styles and methods that that are accessible, inspiring and information rich.
As a co-founder of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) and Cascadia Permaculture Institute (CPI) she actively supports the next generation of permaculturists through continuing education and professional development.
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Jude’s intention is to empower people to creatively change their everyday patterns so
as to care for the earth and each other.

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