Education

"Friendly, informative, practical stuff - & live chickens! Not just a lecture."

"Learnt a lot. Very good workshop, and teachers."

"Info + experience."

Sharon has been facilitating classroom and community learning since 1997. She is the recipient of two teaching awards plus one nomination. The citation for her university-wide award noted her actions to support other educators and her staged approach for increasing the independence of learning teams.

Phil started teaching in 2001. His first role was as part of the Tucson Permaculture Institute, serving as a water specialist for a learning and design project collaboration with students at Ha:san College.

Slow Farm offers a range of educational opportunities to support more sustainable living in homes and communities:

  • permaculture design,
  • design and retro-fitting for energy efficiency at home, workplaces, and institutions,
  • integrated approaches to small-scale animal husbandry, and to horticulture, and
  • other specialised skills such as scything, pruning, companion planting, soil improvement, and more.

Our specialisations include social and economic design for sustainability, including:

  • complementary currencies and time banks,
  • savings pools,
  • community capacity-building,
  • organisational structure, and
  • intentional communities.

Slow Farm Directors Phil & Sharon Stevens often teach for the Ashhurst-based charity, RECAP: The Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina, Inc. We encourage you to visit RECAP's web site and sign up to their mailer to receive notices of free and subsidised opportunities to learn more about sustainable living.