Farm Tours & Education
Introduction to Organic Farming Tour
Upon arrival to our farm, we will help you set up for your first introductory class in organic gardening and permaculture, sometimes referred to as our “farm tour”. We invite all of our students to schedule this class for the first morning after your arrival so you can get oriented to the other courses you can take. As part of this class, one of our teacher farmers will take you on a tour of our entire organic farming operation. You will become familiar with the importance of soil analysis, the science of composting, the role of good soil in helping plants fight disease, the value of companion planting, and the growth cycles of some of the vegetables.
Other Opportunities to Learn about Gardening and Organic Farming: You can choose which tutorials you wish to take for the remainder of your stay. We request that yu fill out an evaluation form for at least one of the classes you have taken. Please see our section under Tutorials to learn more about them and to sign up for them.
The Spiritual Rewards of Learning about Gardening and other Topics: We hope you will enthusiastically embrace this opportunity to experience the benefits of connecting with the ‘Aina (Sacred Land). A sense of peace and belonging arises in us when we become more intimate with the activities contributing to our food source. Also, becoming more familiar with how your food grows will serve you for the rest of your life! Give yourself the gift of experiencing the plants and the elements that nurture our bodies and souls.
We also offer Introduction to Permaculture which emphasizes our permaculture practices. The word “permaculture” was coined in 1978 by Bill Mollison, an Australian ecologist, and one of his students, David Holmgren. It is a contraction of “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture”. In this tour, you will learn the basic concepts of permaculture and tour through our gardens that have been created using permaculture practices. You will also learn the specific organic farming practices we use that are in accordance with this method. Permaculture adopts techniques and principles from ecology, appropriate technology, sustainable agriculture, and the wisdom of indigenous peoples. The ethical basis of permaculture rests upon care of the earth—maintaining a system in which all life can thrive. We hope you will thrive with the knowledge you receive from this class!