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From: Claudia J.
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:19 AM

Urban Permaculture Accelerated Training 2013
Dates: April 13, 20, May 11, 18 and June 1

Permaculture is more than just good gardening. It is a life long approach to analysis, action and social structures that results in better relationships, more functional systems and a clearer understanding of everything necessary for human communities to thrive.

40 hour training course (30 hours classroom, 10 hours field practice)
Place: The Old Stone House, 4th St and 5th Ave. Park Slope,Brooklyn
Time: 9am - 4pm
Dates: April 13, 20, May 11, 18 June 1
Course fee: $650
Register before March 1: $550
Some work-trade available.  Students must work in advance of the course.

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The Old Stone House gardens, located in Washington Park, are open for visits from dawn to dusk. OSH is located between 4th & 5th Avenues and 3rd & 4th Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn (718)[masked]

Instructors: Claudia Joseph and guest teachers

The Urban Permaculture Accelerated Training course (UPAT) is a study and application of permaculture principles and techniques. It includes field practice and both group and individual projects. Mapping and design skills will be taught prior to students presenting in front of the class. Lunches are community potluck
UPAT description
The UPAT is an intensive exploration of permaculture and results in an Urban Permaculture Accelerated Training Certificate. Permaculture topics such as energy use, buildings, food, waste streams and our bio-regional watershed will be presented along with current information in the media and traditional wisdom from voices of experience. With emphasis on social change and cooperative structures, lots of field models and hands-on learning opportunities, this course speaks to the rapid transitions we are experiencing culturally, politically and ecologically.


  • To introduce students to the fundamentals of sustainability
  • To teach cooperative dynamics and positive action
  • To learn about useful plants and ecosystem design
  • To relate our needs to our local and global resources
  • To study homesteading skills and off-grid techniques

Soil building and bioremediation techniques are the foundation of our historically referenced urban gardens that showcase plants for food, medicine, craft, wildlife support and storm water mitigation.  Raising our quality of life, improving the commons, analysis of global outlooks, business ideas and healthy lifestyles will all be included in class discussions.

Held at the site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War, this model at a park and middle school is pioneering useful landscapes in public spaces in NYC. The UPAT course offers an approachable format for those who are new to permaculture and a comfortable re-entry for those who seek further practice. Ten hours of field practice are mandatory. You will receive a Urban Permaculture Accelerated Training certificate from the New York Permaculture Exchange upon completion.

Contact: [address removed] to inquire about the continuing Urban Permaculture Design Certificate course or for any other questions. An Urban Permaculture Design Certificate may be earned through continued study. To earn a PDC requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, more field practice and a final test.

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