Permaculture Design Course

join us for a 12 week

 Permaculture Design Course!

We will be hosting weekly lectures for members of the community who are interested in learning to use permaculture or who want to earn there permaculture design certificate( PDC).

Our lectures will be focused on temperate climate permaculture in urban and rural environments. Some of the topics that will be discussed in the lecture series include, the principles and ethics of permaculture, sustainable food systems, small scale designs, water conservation, soil food web, learning from nature and its patterns, designing integrated systems, and scaleable strategies and techniques.

Some class time may occur outdoors so come prepared to learn both inside and out. This consists of observations walks and interaction with the permaculture demonstration site.

We have launched this program in response to the many inquiries by our local community to open up our outdoor classroom and lecture hall. The purpose of these classes is to spread the knowledge and the joy of practicing permaculture and to empower our community to create a resilient and healthy world.

Lectures will be held on Thursdays :

Spring PDC: April 13th- June 29th

Fall PDC: August 3rd-October 26th

(no lecture on Aug. 10th)

 

Two tracks to learn Permaculture.

1)  Take the 12 week lecture course plus 15 hours of free hands on experiential learning in the Permaculture gardens and get your PDC- Permaculture Design Certificate for $1000

2)  Don’t need a PDC? Than you can take the 12 week lecture series for only $800

How do I sign up?

First Complete this sign up sheet 

Daily Schedule:

  • 9:30-10:00 Coffee and greeting
  • 10:00-12:00 Lecture
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch (Bring a sack lunch)
  • 1:00-3:30 Lecture
  • 3:30-4:00 Q&A

Where: The lecture hall at the Dirt Rich School


2017 SPRING PDC OUTLINE

Day 1 April 13th/ Introduction
 Teacher, Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning
 Introduction to Permaculture
 Afternoon 
 Ethics
 Principals (Holmgren’s 12..)

Day 2 April 20th/ Concepts and themes of design
 Teacher, Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Concepts and themes of natural systems
 Afternoon 
 Concepts and themes of design

Day 3 April 27th/ Methods of design 
 Teacher. Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Systems thinking
 Sector planning
 Afternoon 
 Building the Map

Day 4 May 4th/ Pattern and climate
 Teacher, Michael Brahier
 Morning 
 Pattern understanding
 Afternoon 
 Nature and Climate factors

Day 5 May 11/ Climate and trees
 Teacher, Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Climate and its effects on design
 Teacher, Steve Baker
 Afternoon 
 Succession/establishment of vegetation
 Trees
 food forests and guilds
 Grafting

Day 6 May 18/ Soil & gardening
 Teacher, Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Understanding and working with Soils
 Afternoon 
 Garden Strategies
 Seed saving

Day7 May 25/ Water
 Teacher, Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Water Cycles and Management
 Keyline design
 Afternoon
 Water in Landscape
 Aquaculture and Mariculture

Day 8 June 1st/ Animals
 Teacher, Kateen Fitzgerald
 Morning 
 Domestic Animals
 Wildlife Management
 Afternoon 
 Teacher, Kale Mcconathy
 Plant pathology
 Ethnobotany



Day 9 June 8th/ Appropriate technology 
 Teacher, Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Buildings and structures
 Introduce final presentation
 Afternoon 
 Appropriate Energy Conserving Technology
 Waste Disposal and recycling

Day 10 June 15th/ Resilient communities
 Teacher, Simon Walter-Hanson
 Morning 
 Settlement Design
 Afternoon 
 Design for Catastrophe

Day 11 June 22nd/ Socal Permaculture
 Teacher, Leigh Senna
 Morning 
 Vision, and the Inner Landscape of You!
 Afternoon 
 Holistic Management

Day 12 June 29th/ Presentations
 Morning 
 Present final projects
 Afternoon 
 Presentation, graduation

2017 Fall PDC OUTLINE

2017 Fall PDC OUTLINE

DAY 1 AUGUST3RD/ INTRODUCTION 
TEACHER, KATEEN FITZGERALD
MORNING
INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE
AFTERNOON 
PERMACULTURE ETHICS &
PRINCIPALS (HOLMGREN’S 12..)

DAY 2 AUGUST 17TH/ CONCEPTS AND THEMES OF DESIGN
TEACHER, KATEEN FITZGERALD
MORNING 
CONCEPTS AND THEMES OF NATURAL SYSTEMS
AFTERNOON 
CONCEPTS AND THEMES OF DESIGN

DAY 3 AUGUST 24TH/ METHODS OF DESIGN 
TEACHER. KATEEN FITZGERALD
MORNING 
SYSTEMS THINKING
SECTOR PLANNING
AFTERNOON 
BUILDING THE MAP

DAY 4 AUGUST 31ST/ PATTERN AND CLIMATE
TEACHER, To be Announced
MORNING 
PATTERN UNDERSTANDING
AFTERNOON 
NATURE AND CLIMATE FACTORS

DAY 5 SEPTEMBER 7TH/ CLIMATE AND TREES
TEACHER, SIMON WALTER-HANSON
MORNING 
CLIMATE AND ITS EFFECTS ON DESIGN
TEACHER, To be Announced
AFTERNOON 
SUCCESSION/ESTABLISHMENT OF VEGETATION
TREES
FOOD FORESTS AND GUILDS
GRAFTING

DAY 6 SEPTEMBER 14TH/ SOIL & GARDENING
TEACHER, KATEEN FITZGERALD
MORNING 
UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING WITH SOILS
AFTERNOON 
GARDEN STRATEGIES
SEED SAVING

DAY7 SEPTEMBER 21ST/ WATER
TEACHER, SIMON WALTER-HANSON
MORNING 
WATER CYCLES AND MANAGEMENT
KEYLINE DESIGN
AFTERNOON
WATER IN LANDSCAPE
AQUACULTURE AND MARICULTURE

DAY 8 SEPTEMBER 28TH/ ANIMALS
TEACHER, KATEEN FITZGERALD
MORNING 
DOMESTIC ANIMALS
WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
INTRODUCE FINAL PRESENTATION
AFTERNOON 
TEACHER, To be Announced

PLANT PATHOLOGY
ETHNOBOTANY

DAY 9 OCTOBER 5TH/ APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY 
TEACHER, SIMON WALTER-HANSON
MORNING 
BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES
AFTERNOON 
APPROPRIATE ENERGY CONSERVING TECHNOLOGY
WASTE DISPOSAL AND RECYCLING

DAY 10 OCTOBER 12TH/ RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
TEACHER, SIMON WALTER-HANSON
MORNING 
SETTLEMENT DESIGN
AFTERNOON 
DESIGN FOR CATASTROPHE

DAY 11 OCTOBER 19TH/ SOCiAL PERMACULTURE
TEACHER, To Be Announced
MORNING 
VISION, AND THE INNER LANDSCAPE OF YOU!
AFTERNOON 
HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT

DAY 12 OCTOBER 26TH/ PRESENTATIONS
MORNING 
PRESENT FINAL PROJECTS
AFTERNOON 
PRESENTATION, GRADUATION
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