My family and I have decided to start a sustainability based non-profit and this is the first step in that direction. I am trying to take Denver's first permaculture design course in order to learn some much needed skills and to start building a community of support for our non-profit. This money will be going directly to those two things, first taking the course and second registering our non-profit. This course will give me first hand experience from some of the leaders of permaculture farming. The skills I learn will be put into immediate use as we build and showcase our non-profit model home. Everything I learn will be taught to the community at large, everyone deserves a chance to create a more sustainable future for themselves and their family.
The non-profit is to be a living classroom with bi-monthly tours, classes on food preserving, building, sewing, cooking and gardening, raising feed animals, bee-keeping, workshops and community building days. Classes are going to be donation based, so anyone can attend, and workshops will be priced at reasonable rates in order to create access to information for as many people as possible. All community building days will be free and will encourage teaching each other life skills in addition to learning how to work together to create a better future for us all.
Every aspect of the creation and maintenance of the urban homestead will be recorded and shared. We are, and will be, taking pictures, video, blogging and social network sharing everything. Knowledge should be shared with everyone, not just those who live close by. We want everyone to see that anyone can create a better life for themselves and their family, you don't have to be an expert, all you have to do is desire change and be willing to work for it.
This project is intended to change all of our communities for the better. By starting, and investing, in our own community we are helping to reinforce basic tenets of sustainability, be local, support local. We are going to be teaching people real life ways to grow their own food, keep food animals, reduce their impact on the earth, all while building community and having fun. When you can show others how you live they are better able to understand how they may take similar steps in their own lives. So often these ideas seem complicated or out of reach, this project will show that anyone, who is willing, can make positive change. We can not keep depleting our natural resources, we need to be active participants in the rebuilding process, and by showing others simple ways to become participants we make a giant leap toward doing so. We are creating community and consciousness, without these two things there is no hope for this unsustainable future.
What We Need & What You Get
In order to get this non-profit, The Permaculture Project, underway we need some funds. Our current fundraising goal is $2000. The largest chunk of this money, $1100 will be going to pay my tuition to Denver's First Permaculture Design Course. Since we don't have a car and I will be riding the bus to and from the course part of the funds will pay for my transportation as well. The rest of the money will go into the formation of the non-profit, registering paperwork, getting a domain name, getting files printed, speaking with a lawyer about land acquisition, getting us to and from potential properties and any other small things that may come up.
Any additional funds raised will go toward The Permaculture Project, as we are creating the non-profit wether or not I get into the class. It costs $900 to register a non-profit in Colorado which is a pretty hefty chunk of change. $2000 is the bare minimum we need to raise! If we don't raise the full amount, anything that is raised will go to pay tuition for the class. Then we will continue another fundraising drive to open the non-profit. To see the class website go here, http://www.denverpdc.com. I am going to be constantly updating our progress on my current blog, http://permacultureordie.blogspot.com, but anyone who contributes will be placed on our list of original donors so their contributions may be recognized for years to come, in addition to any perks you may get. Plus you'll be sent a special monthly newsletter with an update on the non-profit, how we are doing and a simple sustainable project of the month, one small step you can take at home to put us all on a healthier path.
Other Ways You Can Help
Talk about permaculture! Go to the library and check out books on more sustainable living! But most importantly share our project with your community! This is a community based project, it is happening to build a stronger community and will not happen without the support of one. I am always available to answer questions, please send them to email@example.com, and share, share, share!