This is the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, weekend format (June - Sept. 2014), Metro-Phila. location
2014: 6/22, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21
LOCATION: Western Montgomery county location (Near Royersford, PA) address provided when registration fee payment received.
GRANT FUNDING: SE Ag partnership has generously offered funding, available for 50% of course fees (limited to 8-10 participants, in certain industries - PA residents only).
The Grant application can be accessed here:
Applicants must submit a Training Waiver with their application , that document can be found here: https://app.box.com/s/uh045cqmdry8gedx639q
Funding is 1st come 1st served (for those PA residents in qualifying industries).
Course Fees and Deposit: A non-refundable $200 deposit, due with course registration, will secure your space in the course -- for the mailing address to send deposit checks and/or course fees, please email Melissa (permanentfuture at gmail dot com).
The balance of course fees due by June 20th and may be made by cc or check.
In the spirit of the Permaculture commitment to the ethic of People Care, we offer a sliding fee scale - You decide what amount within the sliding scale you can pay. This is an honor system - please honor it :) Remember that those with the ability to pay the full fee are helping to fund others who cannot...even more people care!
Course work includes the Instruction in Permaculture based on the material in the Permaculture Designer's Manual (Mollison): theory, hands-on practicum, team design exercises, final presentation (the infamous Talent Show and celebration) and much more. We will be implementing some projects this summer so there will be plenty of opportunities to "get your hands dirty" with this course!
Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to learn:
-Biodynamic Farming, Natural Farming
-Small Plot (Intensive) Farming/Gardening
-Edible Forest Gardening ("Food Forests" - perennial polycultures)
-Coppice/pollard agroforestry & coppice crafts/uses
-wild foods/edible & medicinal weeds - id and prep.
-food storage techniques & food fermentation
-Mycoremediation (Mycotechnology) techniques- using mushrooms to regenerate degraded urban sites & conventionally farmed ag land
-Ecological Restoration: project design, maintenance
-Forest stewardship and best management practices for forested areas
-Limnology (in-land water systems) management of ponds/lakes, streams...
-Water harvesting techniques -- rain gardens, bioswales ("keyline design")
-Designing a Children's Permaculture Garden
-Organic vegetable/fruit production
-Compost and Compost Tea
-Bokashi (indoor) composting techniques
-Harnessing the power of effective microbes (DYI E.M.s!)
Making and using low cost Effective Microorganisms
-Building Equitable Communities & Social Permaculture
-Appropriate Technology (rocket stoves/rocket mass heaters, biodigestors, tractorinos, passive solar design) & computer tools useful in Permaculture Design
-Creating 'closed-loop' systems
- Modern homesteading
-Urban Permaculture design
-Choosing a property, Siting a building
-Chickens, goats and other animals in a Permaculture System
-Vermiculture and more!
The course includes both lecture/demonstrations, hands-on components, group and individual design work and (for those seeking the certificate) some outside of class time assignments are required.
Note: This course may also be attended for less rigorous non-certification (at a 15% discount). A minimum of 72 hours of course time and completion of course work (including the final design project) is required to receive the Certificate. Participants are urged to attend all sessions but, in the event of a scheduling conflict, illness, or emergency, etc. we can arrange for additional assignments to make up for ONE missed session.