Permaculture Design Certificate Course -summer 2014- grant funds available

  • June 22, 2014 · 9:30 AM
  • Private residence near

This is the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, weekend format (June - Sept. 2014), Metro-Phila. location

DATES:
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:
https://app.box.com/s/1ermw4daanhovxx6h3r3
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!

THE CURRICULUM
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:
-Beekeeping basics
-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
-Trail design/building/maintenance
-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
-school gardens
-Appropriate Technology (rocket stoves/rocket mass heaters, biodigestors, tractorinos, passive solar design) & computer tools useful in Permaculture Design
-Creating 'closed-loop' systems
- Modern homesteading
- Aquaculture
-Urban Permaculture design
-Choosing a property, Siting a building
-Eco-village design
-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.



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  • Melissa M

    Summer 2014 PDC group: An Amazing, fun, knowledgeable group of ppl (who WILL change the world)!

    1 · June 22

  • Joanne G.

    If I get moved from the wait list to participating, will it be too late to apply for a grant?

    June 5

    • Melissa M

      Hi Joanne, the course is full now and the grant apps. are in for this session. Please keep an eye out for when the next PDC is listed on our meetup. Thanks!

      June 19

    • Joanne G.

      Meetup just told me that a spot opened up and I'm now confirmed. Is this true?

      June 20

  • Jeanne

    I'm not going to participate if I am wait listed and miss classes.

    June 19

    • Melissa M

      Hi Jeanne, I'm sorry but the course is at capacity for this session. We will offer the course again tho! Thanks for your interest.

      June 19

  • Byron

    Hi Melissa, I've sent a couple messages through email and facebook looking to make a deposit to secure a spot in this most awesome certification course. Thanks!

    June 15

    • Melissa M

      Hi Byron, I've been traveling but, please check your email, I sent you a reply this afternoon.

      1 · June 15

    • Jeanne

      I will pay, but am I wait listed for any reason other than the fact that other people are ahead of me. I like to be organized and I give myself time to make decisions.

      June 19

  • Byron

    Looking to live light and grow life :)

    June 11

  • Byron

    Your average permaculture enthusiast, I work as a masons tender and also do gardening projects on the side. I'd like to live much more sustainably.

    June 2

  • Sarah M.

    If you're not looking for the certification, what is the cost? Do you still attend the same sessions?

    May 14

    • Melissa M

      Hi Sarah, the non-cert option fee is 15% discount

      May 23

  • Janice K.

    I applied for the grant, but I haven't heard anything about it yet. Can't really participate without it. Maybe they have all been issued already.

    May 14

    • Melissa M

      to my knowledge, no funds have been issued

      1 · May 14

  • Sarah M.

    Is the $950 the grant-funded price? Or would it be $450 with the grant?

    May 14

  • Megan M.

    How do you apply for grant? who is eligible?

    1 · May 14

  • Janice K.

    Dropped the papers off at CCEDC weeks ago.

    1 · May 14

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