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Basics of Small Scale Permaculture Gardens

Winter is a great time to learn and plan for the next season's gardening activities, this will be the first in a series of workshops to help you

Permaculture concepts can be applied to backyard food gardens to increase productivity, diversify yields, build soil fertility, and reduce the need for weeding, tilling, and other strenuous maintenance.

In this workshop, we'll discuss a number of topics, revealing ways to make make backyard vegetable gardening a more rewarding and successful experience, without making it a full-time job. Topics will include:

  • Permanent mulched beds
  • Polyculture planting
  • Direct seeding
  • Permanent edible covercrops
  • Micro-climate creation
  • Keyhole beds
  • and more...

Who should attend this workshop: Folks who are relatively new to permaculture concepts and/or gardening would benefit from attending this workshop.

This workshop will be taught by Leonard Barrett. Leonard is a designer, land planning consultant, and teacher based in Portland, Oregon. His design firm, Barrett Ecological (, provides design and planning services to a wide array of residential, commercial, and community/institutional projects, ranging from small urban lots to many-thousand acre rural properties. Leonard has taught at colleges and universities throughout the northwest, and guests lectures at many permaculture and and ecological design courses. His design work is featured in the best-selling permaculture book Gaia's Garden: A Homescale Guide to Permaculture (2nd Ed.) by Toby Hemenway.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great class! I had been wondering how I was going to find the time to start and maintain a garden with my busy schedule and Leonard explained how to do exactly that.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was very good!

    January 13, 2013

  • cynthia

    It was okay, I was late and so I misssed alot of stuff I am sure. I got lost.

    January 12, 2013

  • Tennille O.

    I hope to go to more classes by Leonard!

    January 12, 2013

  • Brian

    Informative and well done

    January 12, 2013

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