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2015 Calendar
Permaculture Design Certificate Course, at Maya Mountain Research Farm, San Pedro Columbia, Belize, February 21 - March 5
Winter Weekend Permaculture Design Course, Spiral Ridge - March
Midwifery Workshop - Neonatal Resuscitation March 5-6
Midwife Assistant Workshop March 8-14  
Swan Conservation Trust Hike March 14
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend March 20-22
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week March -April
Farm Experience Weekend April 17-19
The Land -
with Swan Conservation Trust
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve Day
Hike, followed by dinner and music
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Day April 18hike, followed by dinner and music
Midwife Assistant Workshop April 26-May 2
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week May
Birthworkers Retreat May 15-18
Swan Conservation Trust Hike May 30
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Midwife Herb Workshop May 21-23
The Communities Conference May 22-24
Advanced Midwife Workshop May 24-29
Common Sense and Tradition
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
June 1-7
Organic Gardening Intensive June 3-7
A 5 day hands-on gardening plus garden tours on and off-The Farm to visit Shiitake operations, a bamboo nursery...more
Swan Trust Hike June 13
Little Grinders Creek State Natural Area
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
June 8-14
Advanced Midwife Workshop June 14-19
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week July
Farm Experience Summer Retreat
July 15-19
Fun for the entire family
. All of the Farm Experience workshops plus activities for kids. Swimming, hiking...more
Buffalo River Canoe Trip July 19
Swan Trust
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 2-8
Swan Trust Hike August 8
Devils Backbone State Natural Area
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 23-29
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
Aug -Sept
Farm Experience Weekend Sept 19-21
Our last Farm Experience till next year!
Swan Trust Hike Sept 12
Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
Midwifery Assistant Workshop Sept 21-27
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week Sept -Oct
Swan Trust Oct 10
Invasive species removal
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
Swan Trust Hike Nov 14
Cheeks Bend on the Duck River
Midwifery Workshop - Neonatal Resuscitation November 16-17
Farm School Holiday Bazaar Dec. 6
Holiday Bazaar Facebook Page
Visit The Farm School web site

This year The Farm Ecovillage Training Center will also be offering a permaculture design certificate for apprentices who attend for two consecutive months.

How to become a resident on The Farm >>

The following is an outline of the procedure for becoming a resident.

One of the first steps involves visiting us often and getting to know as many members as possible. Some people have taken this step by moving near The Farm and visiting over a period of time. There are conferences and other social events that take place here that offer good opportunities to visit.

The most challenging aspects of relocating here have to do with career opportunities in the vicinity and the availability of adequate housing within the community. We have committees in place to help with financial planning and help determine what living arrangements may work as that stage approaches. We appreciate your interest in community and ours in particular. If you wish to contact the Membership Committee, write to or call Vickie Montagne at the Welcome Center (931-964-3574).

Membership Committee Procedure To become a Resident

Fulfillment of several personal visits to The Farm in order to become acquainted with the community and individual members within the community.
The applicant(s) arranges a personal interview with a Membership Committee member stating their desire to move to the community. Following consultation with the rest of the committee, this request is encouraged or denied.
The applicant(s) write a letter of introduction and intent to the community. This letter includes a biographical sketch, method of livelihood, and their vision of what they hope to contribute to the community. Upon receipt of this letter, a file will be started on the applicant. Copies of this letter will be posted by the secretary at the Farm Post Office for one month and published in the Free Press for two weeks.
Following the publication of the introduction.notice, the applicant(s) continues to visit the community and attend community functions. At this time they need to find a sponsor who will vouch for their character and help integrate them into the community.
The applicant and their sponsor formally meets with the Membership Committee and applies for residency.
The committee votes on whether or not to continue the application process. If approved, the applicant is sent a residency packet to be completed, which contains: Application form, Financial disclosure form, TRW information for credit check, Medical history sheet, Sample residency contract, Notice of $25.00 processing fee ($10 for a young adult 18-23). The application should be returned within one month.
Upon receipt of completed forms and application fee, applicant will be given: Letter of acknowledgement from the secretary. Original residency papers filed in applicant's folde.r Financial forms given to the Finance Committee for review and clarification.
Upon return of financial forms from the Finance Committee, the application is reviewed. The applicant meets with the committee or has a telephone conference with committee members to answer any unresolved questions. When all issues are resolved, the applicant will be approved for residency.
Prior to moving here, the residency contract should be sent and returned signed along with the 1st and 12th months resident dues to the community.

Extended stay visitors and provisional members
Extended stay visitors and provisional members are asked to find a member of the community to be their sponsor. A sponsor must be a resident full member.

Responsibilities of Sponsorship:

Will take an active role in notifying new resident(s) of all community meetings and gatherings, and facilitate participation.
Will act as an interface with the community or individual members should the need arise.
Will take an active role in seeing that the resident is gainfully employed and paying their community dues.
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