Giving kids a place to experiment, play and build outdoors is, in my opinion, a key part of infecting brains with permaculture. When kids see moving water they begin to think about hydrology. When they begin to see the difference between leaves that taste yummy, leaves that taste bitter and leaves that are poisonous, they learn quickly and teach their parents. "Observe and interact" is the natural way of children, we only need to get them outside and they begin.
Giving children a place to experience the outdoors is really good work.
I don't think you need to hire permaculture experts to teach permaculture gardening techniques to young children to be successful. You can hire good open minded teachers to facilitate children's experiences of the outdoors on a permaculture property, teaching the teachers about the permaculture principles.
Have you seen Matt Powers' "the permaculture student" curriculum?
You might find some folks through your local waldorf school, they might even be interested in some kind of partnership.
Keep me posted if you decide to return to the area! I'm part of a really great group of families and we have some interesting stuff coming up this year. Working on "Kids teaching nature crafts" series of workshops to teach leadership for homeschool kids and I am tapped in to homeschool groups in two counties. It would be exciting to hook up if you come back to the east coast.
Thanks for the links! I believe you are right about being able to teach without being an expert.... I just want to have some good starting resources so I do appreciate it. I'll keep everyone posted on what we set up. I'm big on documenting too so can post videos of our classes in the spring!
Hannah Davidson wrote:I'm part of a really great group of families and we have some interesting stuff coming up this year. Working on "Kids teaching nature crafts" series of workshops to teach leadership for homeschool kids and I am tapped in to homeschool groups in two counties.
Hannah, where are you guys in VT? I'd love to know more about your homeschool community. We're unschoolers and always looking for other unschooling families. Feel free to contact me at my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Dana, my boyfriend and I, from SD and WI, are going to start up our own farm when we get home from Australia. We hope to aim at organic veggie production, permaculture, market gardening, etc. I thought of running a summer program for kids, not sure on age group yet, but do you know anything about the legal aspect of something like this? What kind of licenses and facilities would one have to acquire to be able to either run a strung out course or summer camp activity for kids to involve the community, get kids learning about their soil and food, and at the same time financially support the farm in another way. I'm thinking we will have to have a few legs to stand on.
Does anyone have any links to programs like this already running in U.S.? Would love any knowledge and advice!
Keep the movement moving!