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Hi there! From Nicaragua / Florida  RSS feed

 
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Hello permies. Just discovered this site not too long ago and this is my first post. I've been reading quite a bit; so much knowledge and so many interesting people sharing it! I've only been involved with permaculture for about a year, doing an internship in Nicaragua. I have a formal education in architectural design but I'm interested in hands-on natural building and architecture as part of a (much) larger system. Looking to move back to Florida (my home state) in November. There seems to be a growing community there so hopefully I can make some connections through this site!

-Marco
 
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Hello Marco and welcome to Permies!

I would love to here about your internship and what you are learning there.
 
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Jeanine, thanks for taking an interest. I haven't spent much time on the computer lately, but I finally made it back to respond... I was living on Ometepe Island, doing some work with Project Bona Fide (permaculture farm) and Proyecto Mano Amiga (local community center). I spent about 13 months there, mostly living on the farm. At first, I focused on getting a sense of how the farm operates, doing whatever work was necessary. Bona Fide focuses on (mostly) plant research and education... I did all kinds of things from hauling building materials to planting to weeding to helping prune mango trees. Met lots of interesting people and really enjoyed living in a community, preparing and eating meals together. I took a permaculture design course on the farm, 2 weeks of great ideas and eye-opening walks around the farm. By then I had been on the farm for about 6 months. Around that time I got involved with the community center and helped to design and build a new building, which I worked on for the rest of my time there. Now I'm back in Florida, trying to figure out how to stay involved in the Permaculture community and practice what I've learned...
 
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Well hang around and share.... There is quite a bit of stuff going on around Tampa and other areas of Florida. I am in South Carolina so I haven't participated but I do follow the Florida happenings on-line.
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