Tara Swenson

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since Jul 23, 2014
Portland, OR
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Hello!
My name is Tara. I'm a PNW native currently living in Portland, OR. I'm looking for an entry-level position working in either sustainable food/herb production or natural/green building. I'm a hard worker, I'm   passionate about sustainability and eco-food production, and I'm available full time. I'm trying to switch from just working my day job to actually doing something I truly care about, and one day I hope to teach permaculture to others, or maybe start a garden-education school for kids. My other skills/interests are illustration/painting, music production and video production. Please let me know if you are interested or would like to chat more. Thanks for reading!
Hello! Sounds like an amazing position. Unfortunately I'm a beginner and am not quite at the level to manage others... but I would LOVE to learn about any opportunities you may have for entry-level positions. I'm mostly self taught (have taken an online Permaculture course through OSU and an alternative building design course through PCC) but I'm constantly striving to learn more. I'm currently in the process of turning my own property from a grass lawn into a food forest. I love to work outdoors/with my hands and I'm passionate about sustainability and eco food systems. I'm located in Portland, but I've got transportation, and am potentially open to relocation, depending... Would love to learn more about your farm!
2 years ago
I'm in the process of learning permaculture with the hopes of eventually teaching, and I'd be interested in any future course offerings or volunteer opportunities! I'm located in Portland, so not too far.
2 years ago
Thanks Bryant!

I'm thinking about making permaculture-education videos as one idea... Just not sure how to make money off them...
2 years ago
Hello!

I'm a self-taught permaculture student (haven't attended any PDCs yet, due to lack of $$) but have educated myself with books, videos and hands-on experience.

I dream of becoming a permaculture and sustainability educator, but I don't really know how to get started (I hold a Bachelor's in filmmaking... yeah, not related.) In my dream scenario I would own and operate an educational permaculture site where I would host/teach PDCs, and would also travel around the world to teach farmers in other countries how to adapt permaculture to their individual scenarios.

Anyone working in this field that can provide some advice? Is it possible to make a liveable income (enough to support a family, buy a house etc.?) Or do you have to rely on multiple income streams (i.e. a typical 9-5 job in addition to your teaching work?) How did you get started? What would you have done differently?

Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions.
2 years ago
Love this idea! I've got animation/video editing experience so if you even want to pursue making it a video game... I'd be interested in participating.
2 years ago

Kyrt Ryder wrote:I just signed up, haven't received the confirmation email it requires to access the course.

Let's see how long this takes.

EDIT: At least an hour so far.



Hi Kurt - if it doesn't let you register, here are the videos (available via Youtube) - [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/user/OSUEcampus/videos[/youtube]
2 years ago
I'm taking the course! Who else is registered?
2 years ago
Thanks everyone for your thoughtful responses! Very helpful!

@Frank Larue - Where do you find the mycelium mats? Thats a great idea, and preferable to landscaping fabric IMO.

@ Gabe Haynes - Nice to meet you and thanks for the reassurance! Definitely going to get the soil checked at the place you mentioned, and get my kiddo tested too...

2 years ago