[permaculture] 5th Annual PDC, Maya Mountain Research Farm, Belize, March, 2010
christopher.nesbitt at mmrfbz.org
Tue Dec 1 10:44:57 EST 2009
5th Annual Permaculture Design Course
March 12th-24th, 2010
Place: Maya Mountain Research Farm
San Pedro Columbia, BELIZE
Albert Bates, Andrew Goodheart Brown, Andrew Leslie Phillips, Maria
Ros, Christopher Nesbitt & local guest instructors.
Cost:USD1250/Belize$2500 includes organic farm fresh meals, all course
materials and expeditions, comfortable accommodation in the farm, and
a certificate or Permaculture Design upon completion of the course.
For Details, or to register, please see http://www.mmrfbz.org or
contact Christopher at info(a)mmrfbz.org.
Through lecture, discussion, small groups, site visits and hands on
experience, participants will gain the tools to create sustainable,
ecologically based homes, farms, businesses and communities.
Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river
from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya
Mountain Research Farm is a working demonstration farm and registered
NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and
food security using permaculture principles and applied biodiversity.
With 20 years of organic management and conversion from an abandoned
cattle and citrus farm to a polyculture, MMRF is one of Central
Americas oldest permaculture farms.
A scholarship for this Permaculture Design Course is being offered by
Maya Mountain Research Farm in memory of Anne Bulford. Anne Bulford
graduated from Antioch College, was active in organic agriculture in
Ohio, working at Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association, and
died in November, 2008 of cancer. She has two boys, Peter and Skyler,
who live with Annes mother, Sally. Applicants must be Belizean or
Guatemalan, working in agriculture in the communities adjacent to the
Maya Mountains in Belize, or in Izabel or Peten Department of
Guatemala, and a farmer or community leader. To apply, please contact
Christopher Nesbitt with a description of the work you are doing, and
a resume or CV and explain why you would like to participate in this
Albert Bates is a former lawyer, paramedic, graphic artist and author
of eleven books on energy, environment and law, and produced two films
on ecovillages. He is the founder of the Ecovillage Network of the
Americas and was active in the creation of the Global Ecovillage
Network. He has lectured and universities and government agencies and
worked on natural buildings, village infrastructure, and permaculture
landscapes on 6 continents. He has been teaching permaculture design
courses since 1994.
Andrew Leslie Phillips A native of Australia, Andrew studied
permaculture with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton, He convenes and
teaches permaculture in the north-eastern U.S. He is founder of
Hancock Permaculture Center and consults through his consulting
organization: Permaculture Design Solutions
Andrew Goodheart Brown: M.Sc. in Sustainable Use of Natural Resources;
Permaculture Teacher and Practitioner since 1994; International
Consultant in Ecological Agriculture; Organic Gardener and Home
Orchardist; Gourmet Natural Food Chef; Artisanal Bread Baker and Home
Brewer; Endangered Species Observer; Naturalist and Field Biologist.
Maria Ros Body Psychotherapist, Permaculture Designer and paramedic,
She is the Mexican Representative of the Instituto Latinoamericano de
Permacultura, Director of Ecodanza M.R. and President of Ecoaldea
Gratitud A.C. in Solferino, Quintana Roo, Co-Director of Casa Sanarte,
an alternative health center in Cancún.
Christopher has lived and studied agriculture in Belize since the mid
1980s. He was a founding member of Belize Organic Producers
Association, and has worked as a consultant for the Government of
Belize’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries
Department. He installs photovoltaic and photovoltaic/wind hybrid
systems in protected areas, photovoltaic water pumps, and teaches
Maya Mountain Research Farm
San Pedro Columbia, Toledo
PO 153 Punta Gorda Town, Toledo
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