Pura Vida Permaculture Middle School Program
Our middle school program has been a great success! I was a bit apprehensive about teaching middle schoolers permaculture. Well, I really had no interest in middle school students. I volunteered to teach this program for the younger kids, the class my own kids are in. (PermaSprout age) I don't even have a kid in middle school. In fact I have a daughter who is just out of middle school and she was no fun to deal with most of the time. Not really sounding like fun. Middle School, That was what the school was willing to agree to, middle school! I went home and thought about it for a few days and decided I love permaculture so I can show the school what I can do then they will give me the little guys! I just didn't realize that these teens were at an age where they would have interest or an awareness level that would even get it. To my surprise they are a group that I feel I can make a lot of change with. They are excited and present. They have many creative ideas. They instantly understand most concepts, They are honest about their willingness to change (or not change). It is refreshing to have someone tell me that they are willing to recycle and give up flushing once in a while (to let it mellow) but clear that they are not ever going to give up their 20 minute showers! It seems to be a series of very clever negotiations, always give and take. I love it! I think this is what many adults lack these days. We have mastered the fine art of pleasing our peers with the answers that will keep them from any uncomfortable debate, unless they are lovers of debate like some people I know. No! Not me!
Pura Vida Permaculture has designed a middle school program and is piloting it in Clearwater Florida. All are welcome and there is no cost. All of our budget comes from fundraising and donations. If you would be interested in supporting this program please contact us at 727-288-3330.