Andrew Tuttle

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Jeremy, I just searched my home town and the info was off a bit.  Here is a screenshot of Everson/Lynden, WA (where my farm is) and Bellingham, WA (15 minutes away).  They have the same climate.  Bellingham looks pretty spot on but Everson/Lynden is quite a ways off.

Thanks for all your hard work on this project.  I am very excited to see more!  



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1 week ago
I teach Permaculture in at Alderleaf Wilderness College in Monroe.  I have quite a few students interested in working on projects like this one.  I would love to connect and see how we could help each other out.
1 year ago
Hi.  I teach Permaculture in the Seattle area.  I have tons of students that are highly motivated.  I am offering counseling sessions with each individual student to help them to find their niche in the Permaculture field.  Once I have helped them to figure out their goals, I focus on finding them resources aimed at helping them achieve these goals.  I feel this is a vital part of a Permaculture Design Course.  We need to help these students design their own succession plan for maximizing and fast tracking their own growth.  

Where this gets difficult is trying to find the perfect internship that will help the student reach their overall goals of developing certain skills.  My hope is to develop a list of internship programs with a brief description of what that internship offers as far as skill development.  Every internship has something it specializes in.  Having a list like this would help us all better recommend what internships would be best for each individual  student.  

Here is an example of responses I think would be very helpful.

Inspiration Farm: Bellingham, WA
Approximate Dates: February-November, Possibly Year Round
Specialties: Biodynamic, Plant Nursery/Propogation, Swales/Earthworks
Other Skills: Appropriate Tech, Seed Saving, Tree Crop Establishment/ Maintenance, Annuals, Mobile Small Livestock Units
Livestock: Chickens, Ducks, Turkeys, Dairy Cows, Sometimes Others

I was an intern here for 3-4 months Fall 2016.  Overall, I learned a great deal in a short amount of time.  Brian and crew are really great people that I enjoyed living close to.  Brian has been working this land 20+ years and is a highly intelligent and skilled Permaculturist.  He offers several educational courses annually at the farm with an occasional PDC.  Brian also does some Permaculture consultations in the area, but focusses and his own farm, and glass art in the winter.  The farm supplies a large amount of food for residents of the farm and stocks a roadside farm stand.  This farm has one of the best examples of an effective Swale system in the Northwest.


Bullocks Brothers Permaculture Homestead: Orcas Island, WA
Approximate Dates: February-November, Possibly Year Round
Specialties: Professional Plant Nursery/Propogation, Resilient Systems, Education: PDC's, APDC's, Intro Classes
Other Skills: Irrigation Systems, Mechanics, Annuals, Tree Crops, Fertility Management, Food Preservation, Community Living, Landscape Installation Opportunities
Livestock: Chickens, Duck, Deer Processing

I have never interned at the Bullocks.  I spent a month on the Homestead Summer of 2017.  I was a co-instructor for the PDC and took their APDC as a student.  This is what I have gathered from my time spent on the Homestead.  This internship is one of the best opportunities in the world (in my opinion) as far as learning from a ton of experience.  They have been working this land for around 35 years and many of the residents have vast experience in Permaculture from all around the world.  Their internship is a very intensive program.  Long days working in paradise, great food, and opportunities to learn a wide variety of skills make this internship very popular.


Obviously internships are not the only option for developing skills.  I would love to hear any suggestions you have for a young instructor, hoping to help students achieve their dreams.
1 year ago
I don't have it in me either which is why I don't eat meat.  In my opinion the ecosystem services and companionship turkeys offer combined with the feeling of compassion that comes with not killing it is worth more to me than any meat in the freezer could ever be.  I just wanted to point out there is another option that no one has brought up yet.  
1 year ago
This is beautiful.  Kudos on the great work! I am teaching analog climates during a PDC this week and will be sharing the link to this post with students.  
1 year ago
Thanks guys.  I have been keeping an eye open in the deming area.  It is quite beautiful out there.  I will have to check out that farm sometime!
2 years ago
Thanks for the replies.  I have not found a property yet.  Currently we are interning at farms in the area and still looking around for land.
2 years ago
What would be the best college courses to take for learning how to map out permaculture designs?  Land surveying? Architecture?  I dont even know where to start.  I have very limited computer skills so I will need to start with the most basic classes.  What do you recommend? Thanks!
2 years ago
John, Thanks for the advice!  I will look into the links you provided and get back to you with what I find out.  I may be looking at this property on the 15th and have requested that the owners be present.  I may also try to talk them into owner financing.  I really appreciate your input!
2 years ago
I am currently looking at property in eastern Washington.  I found a property I think has a lot of potential.  I may go and see it in person if I can get the financials figured out.  The property is listed for 135,000.  I only have about 65,000 in the bank.  I have other assets that would put my total worth around 105,000.  The only problem is I don't currently have a job.  I am a full time student taking a sustainable agriculture course while doing an internship on a Permaculture farm.  I don't really have time for a job right now.  I am making an income off of the GI bills housing allowance which is around 1100 a month but I know that a bank will not accept that as income.  I tried in the past and was denied.  To sum things up, I could use your help finding a financial institution willing to give a loan to a vet that wants to purchase a house and start farming the land.  Thanks!
2 years ago