This course is delivered in both an urban and a farm environment.
Description and Timeline
Introducing the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course.
Now more than ever, people have attention on creating more choices and resilience in their lives. We want healthy food, a clean environment, and security for us, our children and future generations. This course offers practical steps to achieving these things in your own life, regardless of your circumstances.
In this course you will learn:
How to apply permaculture techniques to design your life. How to grow your own food abundantly and sustainably. How to increase your own abundance and quality of life while helping to heal the planet. How to create and deepen beneficial connections with nature and with other people. How to create a career using permaculture.
The course will address strategies for drylands, temperate, tropical and other climates based on the significant knowledge and experience of our instructors working in those climates and will also have bonus sections focused specifically on Florida/subtropical climate because of how unique the ecosystem is in Florida. Many of these techniques are very useful in multiple climates and we explain how and why.
There are additional in-depth materials offered for each section of the course as well as a resource list where you can find more information on that topic and explore areas of interest more deeply.
Each student will complete a permaculture design of the site of their choice, working through it step-by-step to ensure you have an understanding of each step of the process. Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will be awarded an internationally recognized certificate for the course.
In-Person PDC includes (minimum 72 hours of):
Mentoring with veteran designers
Videos of a variety of systems and how they work
Written step-by-step instructions and other material
Extensive subtropical plant lists and data, lists of recommended temperate, tropical and drylands plants
Top resources for further study
Exercises to increase your ability to apply the knowledge you gained
Data and resources on permaculture careers
Site assessment - walk through a site assessment, slope, soil, and more
Soil building - composting, vermi-composting, sheet mulch, hugelkultur, cover crops and more
Water catchment - in soil, earthworks, ponds, and rain catchment tanks
Food forests and food systems - How, when and what to plant
Propagation, wild foods and medicine, and mushrooms
Built environment and energy systems - passive heating and cooling, solar, rocket stoves, and more
Community building - exercises to build community
Internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course certificate upon completion