Learn strategies for designing food forests, gardens and farming using permaculture techniques. We'll cover a variety of Florida friendly perennial highly useful and edible plants, how to grow abundant food in your yard with less work, increasing success of orchards, no-chemical pest and disease management, integrating animals into your food systems. You will see young food systems in place and get hands on experience as well as useful handouts including recommended nurseries, plant lists, and much more. The data in this workshop will more than pay for itself.
Visiting regenerative sites with a veteran permaculture designer as the tour guide can be a rich and deep experience. See the elements of permaculture in action while having them explained, and getting your questions answered about them. We will tour three different regenerative sites in Pinellas County to get a good overview of what is being done in our area to create sustainable landscapes and human systems.
This is Grow Permaculture’s 17th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will unfold 1 weekend per month over five months, from Feb 18, 2017, to June 2017, held at Moccasin Lake Nature Preserve in Clearwater, FL. Carpools and housing may be available if you are coming from other parts of Florida, please check with us.
By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design our lives, from backyard gardens and food forests to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more sustainable, healthier, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment. This course is life changing for many people.
Below you will find a schedule of the Spring PDC, and some of the highlights that we will cover for each weekend. We provide glossaries, outlines, additional written materials, self-testing material, videos and more, to assist you to access and absorb the information. Please note that there are sometimes changes in this line up based on needs of students/instructor availability (we have sometimes had surprise visits by veteran designers for instance).
Our spring Intensive Permaculture Design Course will be held March 15-26, 2017. It is our 18th design course.
This is an intensive two week course held at our permaculture farm north of Tampa about 20 minutes from Weeki Wachee, FL. Students will have the opportunity to participate with and observe permaculture systems installation and operate in an immersive environment, including appropriate tech, innovative greenhouse solutions, perennial food systems, animals, solar and more.
A four-day permaculture design intensive focused on the creation of a local food hub, local food resilience, and abundant healthy local food
Tampa Florida, March 31-April 3, 2017
Instructors: Peter Bane, Jono Neiger, Koreen Brennan
This course will take those who want to increase their skill level as a permaculture designer to a new level in a challenging but supportive setting. In this course we’ll take on real projects and in a mentored design studio atmosphere, create, envision, and communicate design solutions. This is an opportunity to refine and deepen your design and planning skills. Learn to approach complex, multi-stakeholder projects and apply permaculture perspective and design approaches to projects.
- Learn how to build community
- Learn about how to make a living through local food movement
- Learn how to create "invisible structures" on a community-wide basis.
- Learn about resources in your community that can help you achieve your goals.
- Learn how to expand your design abilities - this can make any design you do more effective.
We will engage in group work to strengthen pattern recognition and language, develop plant, animal, structural, and technical palettes, practice system analysis and program development, and put all these together in a suite of design projects addressing the varied and dynamic urban region of Tampa, Florida. Mentored by a team of experienced teachers and designers, we will give and accept feedback, polish presentations, and explore the elements of professional practice and community service.
Even before the course begins, it is creating positive changes. A number of community leaders and local food activists are beginning to connect with one another and compile resources in anticipation of this course. We will be bringing in clients who want to expand community gardens, increase resiliency and food justice, create farmer's markets and co-operatives, have commercial kitchens and want to start a food hub, etc. Seeing how this works will give you many ideas of how to facilitate the process in your own region. Existing organizations are interested in expanding their effectiveness and influence and are looking at ways to do so. Class participants will have an opportunity to create history in our region with their design, which will be used by a number of already active groups to jump start the succession process of developing a strong and resilient local food system and movement.
Materials provided will include a compilation of successful actions from other areas that have thriving local food movements, a permaculture design toolbox, and more.
Healthy and delicious vegetarian meals will be provided and there is free camping on our beautiful farm site. There are AirBnb and other housing nearby for those who do not want to camp. We have a scholarship fund for this course as we would like to bring in a number of volunteers working on local food issues in high poverty areas. Please consider donating to this cause!
Peter Bane published Permaculture Activist magazine for over 20 years and has taught permaculture design widely in the temperate and tropical Americas. Author of The Permaculture Handbook, he is a native of the Illinois prairie whose interest in good food and simple living led him at mid-life to become a writer and teacher of permaculture design. Peter is President of the board of PINA (Permaculture Institute of North America). He is also a co-founder of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, a regional hub in the PINA network. He was drawn into the arcane world of intentional community as fate presented the opportunity to help create and build Earthaven Ecovillage in the southern Appalachian Mountains. There he discovered his inner architect in the course of building a small off-grid solar cabin and later took on the more prosaic job of rehabilitating a pair of suburban ranch houses in the Midwestern college town of Bloomington, Indiana. That was the first step toward creating a small suburban farmstead where he now lives with his partner and apprentices. A prolific writer in journals and collections on forestry, building and all things sustainable, he consults with universities and municipal governments as well as for private landowners.
Jono Neiger is a conservation biologist with nearly two decades of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, restoration, and conservation commission staffing. He served as Lost Valley Educational Center’s Land Steward and Permaculture Apprenticeship Program Director in Oregon for five years, founded and served as Coordinator of the Lost Creek Watershed Council in Oregon for four years, was Restoration Ecologist with the Nature Conservancy of California for two years, and served as Conservation Commission Agent for the Town of Palmer (Massachusetts) for four years.
A permaculture teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems. Currently the principal of Regenerative Design Group, a permaculture design and consultation firm in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Jono teaches landscape design at the Conway School, including primary responsibility for the surveying part of the curriculum in the fall term.
Koreen Brennan is the principal of Grow Permaculture and a long-time resident of Florida and Los Angeles. She is a member of the board of PINA, and does design and consulting for landowners throughout Florida as well as international design and consulting as a partner with the firm Permaculture Design International. Her areas of expertise and passion are food forestry, small farms and food security, designing for resiliency, community building, and regenerative economics. She is a popular public speaker and has taught permaculture design at Pine Ridge reservation, Miami, Los Angeles, the first Florida Earthship, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Gulf Coast University, Cuba. Costa Rica, Belize, and Tuskegee University.
Koreen manages a small permaculture farm in Central Florida, and has been active in building community wherever she is. She was founding Coordinator for the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition in St Petersburg, Florida and founded Create Clearwater, a group dedicated to sustainable living through local food production, water and energy conservation, and community building.
Dates: March 31-April 3rd
Peter Bane, author, The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country
Koreen Brennan, Grow Permaculture, Permaculture Design International
Jono Neiger, Regenerative Design Group, Conway School of Design
Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614
Before March 15, $495
After March 15, $595
Non-refundable deposit: $206
There are a limited number of work-study or scholarship positions. To register, follow the link and scroll down to Permaculture Design Studio, Tampa, FL, and register there: