The Kirksville Permaculture Education Center strives to educate people on the principles of permaculture, sustainability, and simplicity by providing classes, support, and resources in order to benefit our community and world. The goals of the KPEC fall into two overarching categories: education and social service/community building.
To accomplish the educational goals the KPEC:
- Teaches classes on permaculture, gardening, sustainability, and the preservation of food
- Offers free resources and information through a lending library
- Provides a space for community classes
- Gives tours of the KPEC to demonstrate how we have implemented permacultural design
- Hosts a diverse range of expert speakers
To accomplish the social service/community building goals the KPEC:
- Invites community groups to use the KPEC as a meeting space
- Distributes healthful foods to those in need (and teaches them how to grow their own food!)
- Hosts community potlucks
- Supports community projects such as the Kirksville Bike Co-op, Truman's Communiversity Garden, and the Ray Miller Elementary School Garden
- Provides platforms through which diverse community members and groups connect
All of these projects are run by donation, so that everyone can participate regardless of their financial status.
The KPEC is a project that provides a physical space- a common ground- for creating new possibilities in the Kirksville area and beyond. A free community space for ideas to be created, crafted, and implemented in a way that achieves goals with a positive outcome for the community and world.
The KPEC Co-House
There are four volunteers (and one three-year-old) living at the KPEC as a co-house. We've based this model after communities we highly respect, such as the Possibility Alliance in La Plata, MO, the Ark in France, or catholic worker houses. These volunteers operate the day-to-day activities of the KPEC, such as tours, cleaning, gardening, coordinating events, as well as being active volunteers in the community. The KPEC is far more influential and inspirational to people as a living, breathing house, than simply having a free education classroom at a business-zoned place. For example, a permaculture course is far superior when in a house striving to implement those goals than in a fluorescent-lit classroom with desks in rows. We want to show this as a way of life, and what better way to do that than to live it, open for all to see?
The current residents are the family of Jerry, Michelle, and Oliver Jones; Colin Hughes, and Austin Carnahan.
We have incorporated with the state of Missouri as a Nonprofit Corporation, and filed with the IRS as an organization operating as a 501c3 with gross reciepts under $5,000. This means that donations are tax deductable, but the IRS does not require organizations to file until they gross more than $5,000, so we do not have a document from the IRS saying that we are an official 501c3 organization. From talking with the IRS and reading their provided documents, it seems that the reasoning for this is that if your organization has a budget of under $5,000, then a.) it'd be hard to swing the $400 filing fee, and b.) the organization and donations are small enough that it doesn't affect the IRS too much.
If we gross over $5,000, we will file all the necessary paperwork in order to comply with the 501c3 code. We hope to reach that level, as it would encourage the organization to continue in the work that has been entirely volunteer.
Really? Only $5,000?
Yup. We don't have the funds to pay anyone yet, so we do everything by volunteer. As an example, Jerry works at least 25 hours per week for the KPEC (website, events planning, advertising , blog, cleaning, gardening, teaching, hosting, giving tours, etc). There's a lot to be done, and he has yet to receive any money for the work. If you want to help support a project that can effectively and efficiently spread these skills and ideals, then click here to contact us about how you can help..
If you have any ideas on how to improve upon this, please let us know. Please contact us with any concerns, comments, ideas, or encouragement.