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2015 Calendar
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
Midwife Herb Workshop May 21-23
The Communities Conference May 22-24
Advanced Midwife Workshop May 24-29
Common Sense and Tradition
Swan Conservation Trust Hike May 30
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
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
Swan Trust Hike Sept 12
Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
Farm Experience Weekend Sept 18-20
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week Sept -Oct
Swan Trust Oct 10
Invasive species removal
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend Oct 16-18
Our last Farm Experience till next year!
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
Swan Trust Hike Nov 14
Cheeks Bend on the Duck River
Midwifery Kinesiology Workshop Nov 6-7
Midwife Assistant Workshop Nov 8-14
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.

<< Back - The Early years
Farm Community History - International Outreach
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In 1974 The Farm founded Plenty International, a relief and development nonprofit that would enable the community to do outreach to those in need.

in 1976, a devastating earthquake struck the country of Guatemala, killing 25,000 people overnight.

A volunteer was sent down to determine if there were any way the community might provide assistance.

Solola Guatemala

Working with the local people, Farm construction crews built over 1200 houses as well as numerous schools and municipal buildings.
This building in Solola, Guatemala serves as a meeting place for Mayan elders and is a focal point for the weekly market.
Guatemala water
Plenty volunteers installed many public water systems, bringing clean drinking water to Mayan villages throughout the region.
The largest project served three villages and over 10,000 homes.
Guatemala Soy Dairy

To combat malnutrition, Plenty volunteers introduced soy foods to the indigenous people of Guatemala.

A soy dairy was constructed to produce soy milk, soy ice cream, and other soy products.

Today some 25 years later, the soy dairy continues as a village cottage industry, distributing its products to markets and restaurants in many parts of the country.


In 1980 Plenty discovered a portion of the Third World here in the US: the South Bronx. Plenty volunteers took over an abandoned building and established expanded a free ambulance service in an area that was not served by the city.

free ambulabce service in the Bronx Plenty trained local residents to become EMT's, who then found employment with the city emergency response teams. After 5 years, government ambulance service in the Bronx had significantly improved and Plenty's assistance was no longer needed.
plenty belize Today, Plenty International continues its work with projects both in the US and around the world.
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