The Ecovillage Training Center is a living laboratory with a mandate to contribute to a more sustainable planet. We offer a unique environment for folks who are just beginning to learn and think about implementing more sustainable practices and others who have dedicated their lives to topics around permaculture. We believe being transparent about what has worked and what has not is the best possible way to train farmers and citizens for the future. We learn, practice, teach, and share what we know about how to make the world a better place.
The Ecovillage Training Center began in 1994 as an effort to break new ground in education by teaching people the skills necessary in the 21st Century. Over the past 20 years we have evolved into a center where students can learn from the mistakes and the successes of others. Appropriate technologies and permaculture consciousness are infused throughout the buildings, organic garden, water systems, and the 4000 acres of protected woods and meadows of the greater Farm Community. It is not enough to understand the challenges; what is needed are viable strategies and, more importantly, the capacity to think, improvise, and create. Those skills do not come out of a book or DVD. They come from hard won experience, trial and error, and the chance to make mistakes, regroup, and try again. This is one way to truly experience what it means to live more sustainably.
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