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Work/trade & Fundraising Opportunities:

Thoughts and suggestions on how to reduce your tuition while building your connections in your community!

Many people want to take a Permaculture course and ask for work/trade or scholarship. As Permaculture instructors, we operate on a diverse financial model which also needs to include conventional currency. We do our best to keep our prices as low as possible and we aspire to make our courses be accessible for everyone who wants to participate. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to offer work/trade or scholarships to everyone who requests one. Many people in your community will benefit from the skills gained through participation in a Permaculture Design Course. With this in mind, we offer the following suggestions and opportunities for enhancing your funding to take our courses while enriching your connections in your local community.

First, please assess what you can afford to offer financially towards this learning opportunity. This will help all of us assess how to help you make up the balance. Please let us know what financial resources you have as soon as you can.

What are some skills and resources that you can offer to make up remainder of your tuition? Do you have professional skills that you can offer the instructors, a cottage industry that makes necessary items, and/or food you can provide or donate for the kitchen? Can you help with publicity? Do you have skills that you may be able to offer the site?

A permaculture training offers covers many diverse and valuable topics to share with your community. Can you fundraise in your community to help balance the costs? Perhaps you can offer people who donate something in exchange. Remember, even small amounts can add up and help out. You could offer an evening event after the course where you share with your community some of the things that you learned throughout the course.

Maybe your friends would help you with a fundraising event. You could have a bake sale, a garage sale, a video screening, an auction, or many other types of events. We (the instructors) could help you by providing you with a permaculture video for a video screening or a donation towards a garage sale or auction.

Perhaps you could make something from the garden that you could sell to raise money for the course. There are tons of herbs that can be wildcrafted to make medicine to share with your community.

The Permaculture Credit Union offers loans for people who want to take permaculture design courses. They have some different options available. Check out their website.

Best of luck in your fundraising endeavors! Thank you for using your creativity and skills to generate the energetic exchange necessary for this commitment. Thank you for recognizing your unique talents and acknowledging that money is not our only form of currency. We truly want you to join us for the course. Please let us know how we can be of assistance.

Please click here for our work/trade application form.

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