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Jonathan Dodd

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International community and sustainable developer

Poly-cultured farmer and integrated mob grazer

Recycling builder of shelters and fire heating contraptions
Papillion, NE
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2016 Regenerative Land and Plant Propagation Course
April 29 - May 1, 2016


In this course you will learn how to read landscapes, identify patterns, and harness the land for profitable gain while investing in the long-term fertility and health of the soil at the same time. This workshop will focus on giving you the knowledge, basic skills and tools necessary to create your own profitable plant propagation property, lifestyle and/or business.

​The course will focus on:

-Plant Propagation learn how to grow your own money because…money does grow on trees
-Cuttings/Scionwood learn how to start new trees and plants using existing plants and scionwood
-Grafting learn and practice multiple grafting methods, layering and cutting techniques
-Tools and Techniques learn and use the tools necessary for successful life multiplication
-Mushroom Cultivation how to incorporate and grow edible in mushrooms outdoors alongside and in your gardens and landscapes, focusing on lion's mane, oysters, and stropharia
-Land Design how to design land using protocols and procedures for maximum abundance including
climate, geography, water, roads/access, trees, buildings, fences, soils, animals, energy, etc.
-Plant Identification and Pattern Recognition how to identify land and plant patterns including plant guilds/communities, succession, foraging
-Fertility Building how to build biological landscape using carbon, compost, compost teas, and
much more
-Bees interact with our hives and learn about beekeeping from a beekeeping master - we will be splitting two hives
-and more…there will be a few other exciting skill building sessions not on this list

Learn more at: http://www.keipos.org/courses.html

3 years ago
Now Accepting 2016 Applications!

Keipos runs an internship throughout the growing season at New Earth Farm & Goods (our heart). This is an intensive program which entails living on-farm and participating in every aspect of sustainable living and growing practices. From hands-on animal husbandry and gardening to classroom learning to working with Abide and Habitat for Humanity (our city), this internship encompasses several aspects of what Keipos, Inc is all about. ​

What Former Interns Had to Say
"Interning at Keipos this summer helped me to understand my function in God's creation. I learned so much about plants, soil life, animals, and living in community. This experience is definitely one that i will always remember. It was a great time of learning about God and how everything that God created is supposed to work together to reflect who He is! Also, I feel more equipped to help the poor and those around me to meet their needs in a way that glorifies God. " ​
--Marie Anne (2015 Intern)

​"Being an intern for Keipos gave me the most memorable and productive summer I’ve ever had. I learned more about permaculture, sustainable practices in building and farming, and how to actually make a difference in a community. I got a variety of unforgettable experiences-one of my favorites was witnessing piglet births. Staying on the New Earth Farm during the week allowed me to experience living on a farm and the unexpected problems that may arise and how to solve them. I encourage anyone wanting to learn about permaculture or building community and relationships to be a part of Keipos and its mission."
--Isabella (2015 Intern)

"This internship has been all about doing. Anything from doing work for God and his kingdom to simply doing life with some good friends and growing alongside them. The internship was a great way to break the normal, boring summer job routine and replace it with something more valuable, more exciting, and oftentimes more productive. I feel way more in touch with the community after meeting with many people within it that I probably would never have met otherwise, as well as visiting places I would have no reason to visit. I'm excited to see what develops in the North Omaha homes in the near future!"
-- Tim (2014 Intern)

"An incredible and awesome experience. It opened up the world of sustainable agriculture. If you're not so ambitious as to be a farmer for the rest of your life, the training offered can still be used daily"
--David (2014 Intern)

12-week Internship (May 16 - August

During Internships you will:
Learn how to read and regenerate land and place, people, and community while gaining skills necessary for designing, creating and implementing solutions in a world full of problems
Work and learn in classrooms both inside and outside about sustainable agriculture and permaculture with a biblical worldview, appropriate technologies, community development, entrepreneurship, etc.
Learn and labor at New Earth Farm & Goods in Papillion, NE, including gardening, permaculture, livestock management and care, nutrition, tree planting, perennial polyculture plant systems, food forest and much more (http://negoods.com)
Work in North Omaha with Habitat for Humanity Omaha transforming inner city lots into community gardens, urban farms and food forest parks.
Work in North Omaha with Abide and Westside Church on 2 houses on 6/10 acre including construction, gardening, aquaponics, urban livestock and community outreach to the neighborhood
Receive Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) -- instead of doing an intensive 10-day, 72-hour PDC course, all interns will be taught all the curriculum of a PDC over the course of the 3-month internship
Attend and participate in all publicly offered classes and paid workshops for free

Also, you will:
Learn about water, land, animal, and people systems
Learn how to observe and design land and people systems for maximum abundance
Learn and participate in community engagement and development from urban Omaha to the rural underdeveloped world
Learn about natural building including structures, heating/cooking and food preparation, storage systems, etc.
Learn how to design and build various things using modern and traditional tools and techniques
Learn how to grow food and design properties for maximum abundance
Learn about nutrition, food prep, preservation, etc.
Learn how to butcher/process multiple varieties of livestock, which could include rabbits, chicken, ducks, geese, sheep, pigs, etc.
Learn survival skills, wild-crafting and foraging
Learn from many knowledgeable, experienced and inspiring house and guest teachers
Eat amazing local organic homegrown vegetables, fruits, meats, and grains every day!
One community meal per day, and other farm grown food available; tent camping/intern camp available, and facilities access at New Earth Farm & Goods

Requirements and Hours
4 1/2 days per week, 30-35 hours per week (living on site will require additional labor by helping with basic farm chores one extra day per week)
Must be a high school graduate
Must be able to lift 50 lbs or more and able to do physical labor

Apply at http://www.keipos.org/internships.html
We have vacant spots to fill at New Earth Farm & Goods - we are looking for one qualified farm apprentice! The job starts immediately.

negoods.com

If you are interested in living and working on a 5-acre poly-cultured farm we might have the perfect spot for you. We are not looking for just an ordinary farmhand; we are looking for a few people or a couple who want to help our farm to be successful and thrive. We want our farm to become your farm. Make sure to learn more about our farm and what you will be involved with at keipos.org

What will you be doing?

-Market garden veggie production
-Learning and implementing animal systems, tree systems, vegetable, herb and flower systems
-Planting, seeding, weeding, harvesting, weeding, watering, bug squashing, weeding
-Eating amazing food and sitting in the shade of a diverse polyculture of plants, trees, and animals, like a painting come to life
-Preserving, canning, fermenting, making medicines
-Building, fixing, carrying heavy things, using sharp tools, digging holes
-Moving fences, chasing animals, collecting eggs, shoveling manure
-Interacting with our farm family and local community from visitors and market commerce

What does it require?

-The ability to work long hours during the growing season.
-The ability to perform physically straining work.
-The ability to work in community and alone.
-The ability to commit to at least the entire growing season (mid-November - to live in the camper*). This is perfect for a couple...
-OR the ability to commit for 6 months (to live in the detached loft, 'the nest'**)
-The ability to grow a lot of food and teach and lead other people.

What will you receive?

-Money. $500-$1,000 per month depending on experience level.
-Food. All the produce and fruit you can eat. Also, if you are a meat eater, all of our meat is grown on-farm.
-Room. We will have two housing options available. One is a camper with AC/heat, water, shower, toilet, and kitchen*. The second is a detached loft with electricity, which we call the nest**.
-A place to learn. We have a great library full of amazing books and films on food, farming and many other subjects.
-Opportunities. Create your own micro-enterprise businesses on the farm and with our customers. As our customer base grows as we grow, you can develop ways to help meet others’ needs and make a little dough.
-Friendship. Living with others is rewarding and difficult, but connections with others are always made in places of hospitality, food, farming, and learning.

Apply at https://www.negoods.com/openings.html
negoods.com

Our 5 acre perennial farm in Papillion, NE has some onsite openings!

We have had a bounty of food and relationships this year at New Earth Farm & Goods. Not only have we had the opportunity to grow our farm, we have had the pleasure of hosting three Keipos interns over the summer. However, as the internship ends August 15, we will have vacant spots to fill on the farm.

If you are interested in living and working on a 5-acre poly-cultured farm we might have the perfect spot for you. We are not looking for just an ordinary farmhand. We are looking for a few people or a couple who want to help our farm to be successful and thrive. We want our farm to become your farm.

What will you be doing?

-Learning and implementing animal systems, tree systems, vegetable, herb and flower systems
-Planting, seeding, weeding, harvesting, weeding, watering, bug squashing, weeding
-Eating amazing food and sitting in the shade of a diverse polyculture of plants, trees, and animals, like a painting come to life
-Preserving, canning, fermenting, making medicines
-Building, fixing, carrying heavy things, using sharp tools, digging holes
-Moving fences, chasing animals, collecting eggs, cleaning poop
-Interacting with our farm family and local community from visitors and market commerce

What does it require?

-The ability to work long hours during the growing season.
-The ability to perform physically straining work.
-The ability to work in community and alone.
-The ability to commit for at least one full year (if you want to live in the camper*). This is perfect for a couple.
-Or the ability to commit for 6 months for the detached loft (the nest**).

What will you receive?

-Food. All the produce and fruit you can eat. Also, if you are a meat eater, all of our meat is grown on-farm.
-Room. Beginning August 15th, we will have two housing options available. One is a camper with AC/heat, water, shower, toilet, and kitchen*. The second is a detached loft with electricity, which we call the nest**.
-A place to learn. We have a great library full of amazing books on food, farming and many other subjects.
-Opportunities. Create your own micro-enterprise businesses on the farm and with our customers. As our customer base grows as we grow, you can develop ways to help meet others’ needs and make a little dough.
-Friendship. Living with others is rewarding and difficult, but connections with others are always made in places of hospitality, food, farming, and learning.

If you are interested, please send your resume and a short write up of why you think this might be a good for you via email to jonathan@negoods.com.
3 years ago