We The Trees is a new crowd funding website focusing on permaculture projects. There aren’t very many projects posted on it yet, but it could make a nice addition to a unit on permaculture or on the environment in general. The projects are set in many different of countries, which might help them resonate with students. One in particular that caught my eye is the Maha Laxmi School Garden Project, which aims to establish a fruit and vegetable garden at a Nepalese school.
As more projects are added to the site, this could be a good source of readings on innovative approaches to food and environmental issues. Due to the nature of the permaculture movement, I expect that there will continue to be an emphasis on education in many of the projects. Another way to use this site would be to have students write their own proposals, and either submit them on the site or simply vote on them in class. In addition to developing content knowledge related to permaculture and the environment, having students practice the language involved in proposing a project and attempting to garner support is something that could definitely serve them well.