Welcome to the July 2011 eNewsletter from Alderleaf Wilderness College!

In this issue...

1.) What is Permaculture?
What does it have to offer and how does it relate to me? If you love learning about nature, then permaculture is...

2.) Feature Article: Garden Companion Planting
Companion planting is the concept of planting mutually supportive species together so that all the plants benefit each other....

3.) Upcoming Classes and Events...
Permaculture Design Course, Forest Stewardship Course, Wilderness Survival Skills Intensive, and much more...

What is Permaculture?

And what does permaculture have to offer and how does it relate to me?

Maybe you've taken a survival class with us, or read some of our articles on wilderness skills, or maybe you just enjoy reading our monthly updates. Either way, I imagine we likely share a passion for the outdoors and nature skills. If this is true, then I can tell you emphatically that permaculture training can take your relationship with nature to a whole new level.

Permaculture is a practical approach to designing sustainability into our everyday lives based on ecological principles. It empowers us with tools to make tremendously positive impacts on the natural systems we so deeply treasure while becoming more resourceful and self reliant.

As a wilderness skills practitioner, permaculture provides the framework to "walk our talk", to not only teach respect for nature, but to live it, while reducing our reliance on a system of ever more costly consumption. It is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature, an approach that has become ever more pertinent for the times we live in. And it is with this in mind that I'd like to encourage you to thoughtfully consider joining us for our upcoming Permaculture Design Certification Course.

It is my belief that the more of us that learn, implement, and share permaculture, the better we can work together to steward our world for future generations.

You can also learn more about permaculture by visiting our new Permaculture Articles web page.

Hope to see you next week!

Feature Article: Companion Planting

If you have ever dreamed of growing your own edible garden, then you should know one of the keys is garden companion planting. Companion planting is the concept of planting mutually supportive species together so that all the plants benefit each other.

Garden companion planting has been used for a long time as an approach to grow food and medicinal plants, while minimizing parasites and maximizing health of the plants...Read more!

Upcoming Classes and Events!

Check out what's coming up!

Permaculture Design Course: Aug 1-12, 2011
Learn how to work with nature to create a more sustainable world and become more self sufficient. Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Forest Stewardship Course: Aug 6-7, 2011
Learn a sustainable home-scale approach to utilizing forest resources that promotes a healthy, biologically-diverse environment.

Wilderness Survival Skills Intensive: Aug 22-26, 2011
Spend five full days immersed in studying outdoor survival skills! This wilderness course includes detailed instruction and hands-on practice.

View the full lineup of classes at our Courses page!

Considering the Alderleaf Wilderness Certification Program?

There is still time to apply for the 2011-2012 school year!
Class begins September 6th, 2011.

Also... The Wilderness Certification Program is now approved to enroll those eligible to receive GI Bill / VA benefits. Learn more.

Check out the Certification Program web page

Did you know that Alderleaf has a blog and forum site?

Check them out...

Alderleaf Blog: Notes from Alderleaf

Alderleaf Online Forums: Alderleaf Commons

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