12 Permaculture Principles
1. Observe and interact.
2. Catch and store energy.
3. Obtain a yield.
4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback.
5. Use and value renewable resources and services.
6. Produce no waste.
7. Design from patterns to details.
8. Integrate rather than segregate.
9. Use small and slow solutions.
10. Use and value diversity.
11. Use edges and value the marginal.
12. Creatively use and respond to change.
3 Permaculture Ethics
A homeschool co-op is a group of families who meet regularly and work cooperatively to achieve common goals, which can be based on socialization, education, activities, or any combination of these. They often switch off, whether by subject or day, and take turns educating each other's children. This “it takes a village" approach helps parents by shifting and sharing the responsibility of educating their kids.
Silva is not a drop-off school environment. Parents/caretakers stay onsite with their children. Co-op members volunteer for different tasks, such as watching over the babies in the nursery, helping to set up for co-op, manning a unit themed activity station, running a team building exercise, cleaning up after co-op etc. Getting involved and helping out is part of the learning and fun! However, if you prefer to not volunteer you have an opportunity to contribute financially.
Silva is a secular homeschool co-op whose main goal is to give back to the community by helping our members/farms/non-profit organizations achieve any goal that aligns with our mission of spreading awareness to permaculture and sustainability through permablitzes.
A Permablitz is a gathering of people coming together to achieve the following: create or add to edible gardens/food forests or to share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living.
Currently, Silva has 4 chapters throughout Texas and Oklahoma.