APPLY NOW FOR THE SUNRISE RANCH PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE, FARM AND GARDEN INTERNSHIP, OR CULINARY ACADEMY!
Located on a beautiful 360 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, we maintain a legacy of sustainability, organic farming and land stewardship since 1945. We implement bio-intensive and permaculture principles in our organic vegetable and herb gardens as well as our fruit orchard which produces apples, pears, apricots, cherries, peaches and plums.
We practice holistic agriculture management on our diverse multi-species farm with grass-fed cattle, pastured chickens, Nigerian dwarf goats, pigs, ducks, geese, wild turkeys, and horses. We teach animal husbandry, pasture and livestock management, rotational and mob grazing, coordinated irrigation techniques, water treatment and processing, green architecture and general sustainability practices.
We host an entire farm-to-table curriculum which includes our farm and garden program as well as a Culinary Academy that creates delicious gourmet meals that cater to all types of specialty diets. We are also an intentional community and conscious retreat and conference center so there are always activities and opportunities for interaction available, including a 3-day conscious music festival held onproperty every August, Arise Music Festival.
In this course, you will learn: regenerative design studies, full loop waste systems, food forest design and implementation, community scale fruit and vegetable production, plant propagation, greenhouse operations, home/community scale composting, fractal patterning application, water harvesting, pasture management, rotational grazing strategies and implementation, home scale permaculture, food preservation and storage, social permaculture and much more. This course will be teaching the permaculture curriculum originally established by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. To see an example course syllabus, click here: Sample PDC Agenda
Patrick Padden, a graduate of Colorado State University, studied natural systems building design in Namibia and urban food forest implementation in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007. Patrick received his design certificate from the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe, and attended the International Permaculture Convergence in Malawi in 2009. After five seasons of producing naturally grown food for 80+ people at Sunrise Ranch, Patrick is now co-manager of the garden and a practicing permaculturalist and permaculture educator.
Joel has broad experience in environmental design and ecological restoration projects, particularly in the arid regions of the southwest US and Latin America. He has also worked extensively in the field of regenerative agriculture, including recent agricultural restoration projects in Maryland, Hubbell Trading Post and at the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania. He has worked as a consultant to the City of Santa Fe on watershed restoration, where he has helped to design and implement programs for restoration as well as public education and engagement. Current work includes collaboration with internationally known environmental artists Helen and Newton Harrison on restoring the Santa Fe River watershed and with pueblo basket weavers on the Pojoaque River.
Joel Glanzberg has practiced, studied and taught permaculture for over twenty years on three continents. He has worked on scales from large community development, farms and ranches to small urban and homestead sites. Engagement and integration of all communities and the large contexts in which the site is nested is a primary focus of this work. See www.regenesisgroup.com for more information on his work or click here to see his personal website: www.patternmind.org.
Jason Gerhardt has been applying permaculture design in diverse bioregions from the deserts of Arizona to the fresh water lakes of New York since 2005. As an emerging voice of permaculture in the US, he is known for detailed knowledge of plant ecologies, rainwater harvesting, seed biodiversity preservation, urban food production, and integrated ecological design. Jason has used permaculture in the development of a bioregional seed endeavor, developing ecological food production systems, and working with community organizations to apply permaculture principles on a range of scales. Jason currently teaches a permaculture program for Naropa University and instructs in numerous workshops and courses annually. He has taught for many well-respected organizations including Prescott College, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Transition Colorado. Jason practices ecological design professionally as Real Earth Design.
Executive Director: Michael Costello
Michael Costello is the Director of Operations and Internships, as well as a member of the Executive Group for Sunrise Ranch. Michael has been a Chef at various restaurants throughout the United States and is the former Chef at Sunrise Ranch. Mr. Costello is the catalyst in creating The farm to table Culinary Academy and initiating partnerships with local farms. Personal interests include bird watching, sustainable agriculture and buildings, hiking, sacred chanting and playing music.
Dates and Times
April 2-April 11, 2014
Classes run daily from 8:45am- 5:30pm except on days with evening sessions when we end at 9:00pm. Lunch is served from 12:15 -1pm. (There will be some night sessions from 7:30-9pm, in which case dinner will be provided from 6:15-7pm. TBA)
There will be a combination of class time, field work and design work.
Tuition and Registration
Tuition ($1050 before March 31 and $1150 after) includes official design course T-shirt and an internationally recognized certificate of completion. Tuition does not include meals. Accommodation fees are: $400 for camping, and $550 for a bed in a dorm room. Commuter fees (if you choose to partake in all meals during course) are $300. Register online or call 970-679-4200 or 877-786-0078
For more information contact Internship Registrar Keahi Ewa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-679-4349.
Click here for more information about internship opportunities at Sunrise Ranch.
Philosophy of Sunrise Ranch
Sunrise Ranch honors Universal Being in all its forms—through people, through nature and through all creation. We see this attitude of honor for Universal Being as the pivotal factor for the future of humanity. Click here to see the complete philosophy of Sunrise Ranch.