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Quick survey to help secure permaculture grant

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Dear Permaculture trainer

Hi, my name is Arabie Jaloway. I’m an environment and sustainability
consultant currently working with a sustainability committee sponsored by
the Pierce County, WA WorkForce Development Council (WDC).  I am
responsible for assisting the committee with “sustainable workforce
development.”  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what a hall of mirrors
discussing sustainability with industry and politicos can be, but the
group has made some progress on recognizing that business as usual cannot
continue and have directed me to explore new directions for workforce

Two months ago, I started the wheels turning on an application for a small
amount of public funding ($35,000) for the WDC’s work (The money is
federal, but granted through the Washington State Workforce Training and
Education Coordinating Board- WTECB).

I chose to apply for these funds in concert with our county’s sole
Permaculture provider, an extremely bright and capable young woman named
Kelda Miller, who runs the Divine Earth Garden Project.  If awarded, 2/3
of the money will go directly to her company to support training through
her permaculture design certification course.

I won’t bore you with the details of what happens when the concept of
permaculture meets a bureaucracy still holding on to the notion that
“Growth will fix everything,” and very unwilling to consider the
possibility that economic and workforce development need to change
tack....  but it’s been an interesting ride.  Thanks in large part to the
competence of Kelda and her network of support, however, we’ve shot the
rapids and it looks like we will be able to secure this funding (after
many requests for more information and justification, of course! )

There is one last snag, and that’s where you come in.

The money we’ve applied for is WIA (workforce investment act) money, and
the WTECB (the grantors) say we need to provide some  information on
previous permaculture training outcomes.  They’re hopping to get folks off
of the unemployment rolls, so if we can demonstrate that permaculture,
without any other advanced training, is a viable means to get people
employed, we’re good.

It is also valuable if we can demonstrate that permaculture helps people
get better jobs/ improve demand for their talents.

The problem is that most permaculture trainers don’t bother with
spreadsheets and columns of numbers to track employment outcomes and other
WIA-type data.  I’ve created a survey that covers what we need- if you
could please distribute it to any students you have contact info for and
explain the need, it would of immeasurable help to us.

Our county is not what you’d call environmentally progressive- getting
public support for permaculture would be a much bigger win than the money
for us.  Please help us if you can by getting this survey out to any and
everyone that you know whose taken permaculture training.

The survey can be accessed at Pacific Northwest Rest of US International

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns,
comments, kudos... anything!

PLEASE NOTE- We are on an extremely tight deadline and can only use
responses we receive by Wednesday April 20.


PS- Of course, if you are a permaculture provider who’s kept records on
education levels and employment before and after training, getting that
data directly from you would be fantastic!

Arabie Jaloway-Hill
Senior Environment & Sustainability Consultant
MSc Environment, Politics & Globalisation (Kings College, London) & BS
Environmental Science
Full World Consulting LLC

USA Direct: +1 360.529.1458
Europe: +44 (0)20 8144 5245

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Location: South Puget Sound, Salish Sea, Cascadia, North America
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It is nice to see Pc folks thinking about how their training structure might best support people in finding durable and sustained economic vehicles during challenging times.  Enterprise for Equity is another great model a little to the south.

Makes me think, that if your goal of putting on a PDC is to help people with building economic sovereignty, that you would observe outcomes in their lives just as if you were planting a garden, and wanting to learn what works (regardless if you use a spreadsheet or not).  How else could we be confident that PDCs provide for that outcome better than alternative approaches?  Does a PDC include skills assessments and goal setting for participants?  Coaching?  I'd love to see your proposal at some point in time.

It seems there is an unexplored potential relationship between Pc site design and new LID requirements, spearheaded by Curtis Hinman, also in Puyallup.

Good luck
Kelda Miller
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I'll keep the whole community posted. Our proposal right now (though it's been changing) is to partner with WSU Extension and the county WorkForce Board to do extensive surveying of who takes the classes, previous skillset, what they get out of it, and what kind of jobs they get.

Also I do know Curtis, he's great! At our last PDC we installed a raingarden a la his manual. With the kind of moneys/legitimacy with this grant than we could have more clout when asking him and other professionals to spend time speaking to our group. Good suggestion!
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