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
- 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