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Order 2014 PermaculcHER calendars(
for your colleagues, friends & family to support Appalachian & Piedmont sites in need! The 2014 calendar supports sites in
Charlotte, NC & Grayson Co., VA. One free 2014 Permaculture Blast booking for non-profits is still available! Apply today!
For the calendar, enter the code FREESHIP to get free shipping. Code is Good till Dec. 10!

Announcing a new Permaculture Design Forum!

Want to see permaculture designs or post your own? Searching for a pro bono or professional design?
Non-profits especially welcome!! Post your interest in finding a pro bono design!
Submit your interest to the new We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Forum.

There is still space in the TWO We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Courses for Spring 2014
& our Homestead Hog Weekend in January! RSVP now! More info below

The We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Course at the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute in Union Grove, NC.
Our standard complete permaculture design certificate course will be held in North Carolina over five weekends, Feb - May 2014
at our 35 acre emerging permaculture design site in Union Grove.
The course includes a deep focus on community and creating resilience & regeneration through permaculture including
* animal systems, including a working Animal Welfare Approved pastured and forest pig operation using 2 - 3 day rotational grazing
* designing & renovating a farm, home site, or urban site
* commercial integrated animal systems with silvopasture
* commercial mushroom systems
* large-scale swales, Hugelkultur, and brash-hedges using contour and keyline
* planting out a large-scale food forest corridor that will highlight a mast crop savannah
* 13 instructors with expertise in: organic agriculture, natural building, herbalism, primitive skills, entrepreneurship,
water systems, mushrooms, homestead animal slaughter, community creation, rotational grazing & more!
* 3 meals each weekend + snacks, free camping or bunk down in the classroom when the camping is too cold
* constant consultation and access to We Are All Farmers core staff during and after the course including knowledge, farm,
on site library
* wilderness survival skills
* learn fermentation for food and for pasture (such as biofertilizer) and simple herbal cures
* pay for each weekend as you go
* learn mapping and preliminary surveying skills with a surveyor with 20 years of experience
* creating a design that will be seen and is for the community through work with an actual design
client to create a pro bono design for a site in need. This term's site is a site in the Friendship Gardens
network in Charlotte, NC. This includes a follow up implementation and chance to teach at this site
June 20 - 21, 2014 and pay the knowledge forward in the community through a We Are All Farmers Permaculture Blast.
* the central importance of practicing and engaging community to sustaining permaculture

More information and to register

At the NC site, we also offer a group or partner discount of 15%.
We also now accept PayPal and credit cards for your convenience and accept payment plans.
Starts the first weekend of February 2014!

+ See the latest We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute student designs for a site in need at this link

We Are All Farmers Permaculture Design Certificate Course at the Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston, WV
We are also pleased to announce a full permaculture design certificate course in South Charleston, WV
over five weekends, Feb. - June. This course must secure 10 registrants by Jan. 20 to ensure viability.
See for more info. and details.

Also, if you plan to attend individual sessions rather than the whole weekend,
please RSVP ASAP to
so we can plan enough equipment, food, etc. for all participants.
Workshop weekend hosted here at the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute

Fri/Sat/Sun Jan. 10/11/12, 2014

Friday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Cooking Snout to Tail with
Real Food Carolyn
( . Learn to cook
many of the bits you don't know how to cook: tail, liver, heart, etc. for a scrumptious meal. Dinner
included! $15.00

Saturday: 10 - 4 p.m. Hog Butchering Workshop -- LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS
Homestead animal slaughter expert Barron Brown walks you through the basics of a domestic hog slaughter
to prepare you for slaughtering your own hog. The workshop includes the slaughter of a Pockerhicory
Farms Pastured Hog. $140

Sunday: 10 - 4 p.m. Hog Processing Workshop -- LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS
We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute Instructor Edward Marshall (owner of Pockerchicory Farms Pastured Pork)
and permaculturist Brian Koser walk you through the basics of processing your own hog. $100

Costs: Save $55 if you book by January 1, 2014 for the whole Pork Intensive!

$175 for the whole weekend if you pay by Jan. 1, 2014, or, $15/Fri; $125/Sat; $100/Sunday
Free camping!

Lots of new classes at the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute for 2014!
(and more to be listed by Jan. 2014) including classes in herbalism, a Manure Beer class, etc.

See the event list for details:

Introduction to Permaculture Mini-Course with We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute
starts Jan. 22 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Mitchell Community College

Contact Diane Pritchard with questions: 704 978 5486.
This is a 12 hour introduction providing an overview of permaculture.

There is a land dearth for farms in our region.

Along with donating time and proceeds to local sites in need,
the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute recently became donating members
of the National Young Farmers Coalition and
started the Facebook group Appalachian & Piedmont New and Young Farmers (APNY)
The goal of APNY is to support new and young farmer training, mentoring,
and land issues in particular, with a focus on NC, WV, VA, and SC along highways 77 and 81,
often a desert when it comes to organizational support mostly located in the capital areas or
wealthier areas of these 4 states. The group also welcomes people seeking new or young farmers for
their land.

Upcoming Events around the region:

* Urban Farm School Application ( due Dec. 15 (more below!!!)
* Old Salem Seed Swap, Jan. 18, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC (
* Virginia Biological Conference. Jan 31 – Feb. 1.
* Organic Growers School, March 8 & 9, 2014 Asheville, NC
* Appalachian Studies Conference, March 28 & 29, 2014 Huntington, WV
* National Food Hub Conference: March 26-28, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina

Also, of interest!!
This coming April 5th & 6th 2014 the Tiny House Conference is coming to Charlotte, NC.
Tiny houses are small sustainable housing options that just about anyone can build themselves.
Small houses focus on simple sustainable living that is both aesthetically beautiful and finacially viable.
At the conference there will be over 6 Tiny Houses for you to tour in person, 12 amazing speakers and so much more.
Come learn how to build tiny houses, live simply, how to live off the grid, and setup up gray water systems.
Tickets and details here: (

Permaculture Certified Urban Farm School--Applications due Dec. 15 for 2015!
The Urban Farm School (UFS) is a comprehensive 716 hour program for students who want to learn
the in´s and out's of growing resilient food systems in urban environments. The UFS accepts 25 students for the
full season who will work with a team of instructors to run urban farming operations, gain permaculture certification,
work with experienced practitioners, network with community leaders and entrepreneurs, and connect the dots
on farming in the urban landscape. For further inquiries about UFS, contact Stacey Murphy at ( or visit

Glad to be of service to the Appalachian-Piedmont!
We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute
Union Grove, NC 28689
(704) 592 2557

"Just like you have a family doctor or mechanic, you should have a family farmer,"

a quote from We Are All Farmers´Edward Marshall. Read more in this article on GMO use and a panel at the great organization Bread Riot:
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We had an issue with the forum.... wanted to be extra secure, but people seem to not be able to log in from any server. We fixed it and no info is stored... More work on our end, but glad to have it up and running smoothly now...
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Our Pro Bono Permaculture forum focused on community-based and for community permaculture ate itself after more than a few people tried to use it at once.

So, do a pal a favor and see if this new forum works. We changed the forum platform and it seems to be working for us, but the last one crashed when a few users started to try it and then it starting eating itself.

Please see if you can log in. This seems like a much more stable platform and we welcome community feedback.

This will improve over time and with input. Thanks!!
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