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Seattle Urban Permaculture Design Course With Jenny Pell and Friends

Starts on March 29, 2013.

Runs March - November 2013 - A 9-month program, one weekend each month 50% hands-on learning and implementation during class PLUS two additional days each month hands-on skill-building and practice

In this unique urban permaculture design course we will complete the international certification program, learn and practice extensive and varied implementation strategies, and put our permaculture skills to work through three full seasons.

At the end of this 9-month expanded curriculum you will be able to move forward confidently with permaculture skills in:

Growing food in the city - annuals and perennials
Designing, building, and using a gray water system
Developing cottage industries from products we create and grow during class
Building arbors and trellises and using vertical growing spaces
Building soil fertility: compost, compost teas, hugelkultur, etc.
Seed saving
Making medicines
Putting up harvests
Applying permaculture on “the commons”
Documenting, showcasing, and sharing our work
Developing multi-stakeholder permaculture designs and negotiating with city officials
Navigating and influencing policy at different scales
Designing and implementing a neighborhood “permaculture corridor”
Learning and using outreach techniques, and working with diverse neighbors
Designing and managing a variety of edible forest garden “guilds”, including fruit and nut trees, hedgerows, berry patches, culinary herbs, bee forage and pollinator landscapes, wildlife habitat, etc.
Building resilient communities
And LOTS more!

This is a great class for beginners who want both theory and practice, and for permaculture course graduates who want to take their permaculture skills and practice much deeper. Highly motivated teenagers welcome. City and Parks employees very welcome!! Families welcome!! I expect this class to be very age and skill diverse.

For students who need to miss a weekend we have arranged make-up opportunities with both Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia’s Garden and regular permaculture teacher in Seattle) and Mark Lakeman (permaculture architect, pioneer of The Village Building Convergence and co-founder of Planet Repair in Portland, OR) during their urban PC courses.

Sample month:
Friday evening:
Slideshow and lecture with different speakers, open to the public (bring friends, neighbors, and family). These will be offered every Friday before our weekend intensive.
Saturday and Sunday Classes:
Permaculture Lectures 9 - 12:30, Hands-On 1:15 - 4:30
Six days of hands-on implementation and skill-building offered each month for maximum flexibility - students will be expected to attend two of these days each month. Guests welcome with prior approval.

Classes will be held at OmCulture Studio in Wallingford -, and projects will be mostly in and around this neighborhood.

COST: $1,000 - $2,000 sliding scale for 40 days of lectures, classes and hands-on. Please make checks payable to:
Jenny Pell
3636 Corliss Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Please pay at the highest end of the sliding scale possible so we can have a larger budget for hands-on project materials and guest lecturers.

$250 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot. Balance due in full March 1st. A limited number of payment plans will be available with $500 paid by March 1st, balance to be negotiated depending on your needs.

For more information or to register, please contact Jenny Pell:

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  • Jenny P.

    Hi Norm, so sorry about that - the course date was incorrect here on the meet-up site. Our next Friday night lecture is April 19th at OmCulture, and will be on Local Economy and will also have a Barter Fair. Thanks so much for coming out - my mistake, but didn't realize anyone was referring to this page as the class is full! I will post full details in a couple days to the Meet Up. Best, Jenny

    March 31, 2013

  • Kimberly L.

    I'll check in with Jenny and see what the deal is. I think that the weekend that her PDC happens every month got switched - from last weekend of the month to the 3rd weekend...and same for the monthly open-to-the-public Friday Night talks. I'll post a new Meetup for when the April Friday Night Talk will happen.

    March 30, 2013

  • Steph

    I know this is sold out, but I would like to be put on the wait list if possible. Thanks!

    March 19, 2013

  • Jenny P.

    Hi Everyone, This class is completely full with a waiting list! We will be offering a monthly Friday night lecture series with a great line-up of permaculture speakers from around the bioregion. The first lecture is March 15th, and I will post the details here ASAP. Thanks so much,

    March 6, 2013

  • Val L.

    Very, very exciting!!!

    December 12, 2012

  • Jenny P.

    Hello Seattle PC folks - this class is already more than half full! If you're interested send me an email or call (contact info above), and let me know if you have any questions. Hope some of you can make it! Best, Jenny Pell

    December 11, 2012

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