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permaculture design certification course at colby-sawyer college

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."    Baba Dioum, 1968


Permaculture Design Certification Course

Colby-Sawyer is one of the first colleges in New Hampshire, and one of only a few in New England, to offer a Permaculture Design Certification Course. This course is especially useful for homeowners, planners, design professionals, community organizers, farmers, and gardeners. It is adapted to a wide variety of learning styles and is presented via lecture, images, video, group discussion, hands on experiences, exercises, and design projects. Throughout the course each student will be working on a design project for their own property. The course will meet at Colby-Sawyer College, NH on Tuesday evenings with a few Saturday fieldtrips and one overnight. (See detailed dates below.) If you are working toward a sustainable future and want practical tools and applicable methodologies, then this course is for you!

Course graduates will receive a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Instructor Biographies

Leon Malan is a professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Colby-Sawyer College and he also chairs the Education Committee for the NH division of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. For the past five years he has applied permaculture principles to an historic farmstead and at the college he has been responsible for the implementation of the permaculture garden. He manages the activities of three student interns who work in the garden and together they have established an organic food garden, a food forest, edible hedge and features to capture rainwater from the roof of a large building.

Jennifer White is a professor in the Environmental Studies Department and the Director of Sustainability for Colby-Sawyer College. In 2011 she designed the GreenROUTES Permaculture Garden and Sustainable Living Laboratory at the college, which demonstrates the practical applications of permaculture and helps teach these ideas and skills to students and community members. She is one of the founding members of the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative and she is particularly interested in the application of permaculture principles to human systems such as food production/distribution, local business networks, health care, schools and communities. She serves on the Board of Directors for Muster Field Farm and Museum and is also on the Supply Chain Advisory Team for Farm to Institution New England (FINE).

Steve Whitman is a professional planner with Jeffery H. Taylor & Associates, focusing on community planning and sustainability issues through the lens of natural systems-thinking and ecology. He is both a local and international educator and adjunct faculty at Plymouth State University where he teaches environmental and community planning, permaculture, and sustainability. Steve's teaching is informed by converting his in-town lot into a living permaculture model, as well as time spent at sites in the US and abroad. Steve participates in a wide range of creative, grassroots efforts that promote new forms of sustainability.

Registration & Tuition

This course is open to Colby-Sawyer students and to community members. The tuition is $900 and community members may register from 12/1/13 thru 1/27/14. For details about registration call Tracey Perkins at (603)[masked] or e-mail: [masked]

You can sign up here on the Meetup site, but you also need to register directly with the college.


Class Meeting Dates

Tuesday evenings from 1/28-4/22/14, with a few weekend field trips: 2/15-16, 3/1, 4/12-13, 4/19

Tuesday, January 28th Tuesday, February 4thTuesday, February 11th Saturday & Sunday, February 15th & 16th Tuesday, February 25th Saturday, March 1st Tuesday, March 18thTuesday, March 25th Tuesday, April 1stTuesday, April 8th Saturday, April 12th Sunday, April 13th (optional make-up day)Saturday, April 19th – Final Presentations from Community MembersTuesday, April 22nd – Final Presentation from Colby-Sawyer Students

Tuesday's classes are from 5:30-9:00pm, with the exception of Tuesday, April 22nd, which will take place during daytime hours to correspond with Scholars' Day at Colby-Sawyer College.

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  • Candis W.

    I took this Permaculture Course in winter/spring of 2011 - it launched me on the permaculture path... and changed my life. If you are interested in talking about the class, give me a call.
    Candis Whitney [masked]

    1 · December 24, 2013

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