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Quetions & Info about Sustainable Living Class Starting Nov 17

From: Terry J.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 9:33 AM



Sustainable Living with Permaculture & Zero-Energy Building


Questions About Nov 17 to Mar 3 Class

Two Weekends per Month for Eight Weekends


More Info Daily:


Will you have this class again in the future? 

No. The end of January 2013, Nick will do a two-month internship with Geoff Lawton in Australia and either help start a Permaculture farm in Guatemala and/or start a Permaculture farm in Van Zandt County. In March 2013, Terry will open a Hunt County ecovillage for membership applications with preference given to those with some Permaculture knowledge.


Why are you doing it now?

Both of us have spent thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours taking classes in Permaculture, green and alternative building, renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, etc. We joined forces at this time to pass our knowledge to others at a reasonable price before moving to our other projects.


Why young farmer scholarships?

The average farmer in the United States is 57 years old. The future of North Central Texas requires young, organic farmers who know/practice sustainable agriculture AND who are raising produce--often using Aquaponics--to feed this rapidly growing population of 6 million plus people--far on into our future. A brief form for scholarships is included in this email after the questions. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships are awarded or until Nov 30, 2013.


Why Sustainable Living?

Although Permaculture IS sustainable living, this class goes beyond the normal Permaculture Design Course in alternative and green building, renewable energy, rainwater harvesting, food forests, homesteading, and greywater recycling. This class will not cover Arid and Tropical Permaculture, only that Permaculture Design appropriate for North Central Texas.


Costs and Payment

Pay by day:  $30 per day at beginning of each class

Pay by weekend: $50 per weekend at beginning of Saturday class

Pay by class: $275 in advance paid the first morning of class--Nov 17--unless other arrangements are made with Terry or Nick. Make check payable to Terry Jensen and mail to Terry Jensen, P O Box 3457, Quinlan, TX 75474.

OR bring to class. Space priority will be given to those who pay in advance.


RSVP if Attending, PLEASE

Please RSVP by Friday morning, Nov 16, if you plan to take the class.  To RSVP, reply to sender or leave a message for Terry at[masked] with your name and phone number--repeated twice--that is a cell phone. Why RSVP? Starting the first day we will have hands-on projects. When you RSVP, a return email or call will verify this and will list the items you need to bring to class to participate in these projects. Plus we need to plan handouts. 


What Is Syllabus?

Daily Syllabus follows this email.


If You Miss Class…..

It is understood that a few classes might be missed. A summary will be given the last day of class covering the basic Permaculture principles and practices. Still, please miss as few classes as possible--much of Permaculture design builds on what has is learned before, although a brief review of past essentials is mixed into class each time.


Basics of Class…..

Class will primarily be held at Greenville Market Square, 2400 Lee Street at Bois d’ Arc, Greenville, TX 75401. We will be in the small red building at the east end of the market, adjacent to Bois d’ Arc and by the picnic tables. Class is from 9 am until 5 pm. There will be a few field trips and even meetings in other nearby areas, though, which will be announced as they happen. Many projects and field trips will be held outside. Please dress for cold, outside weather in layers.



Young Farmers Scholarship


Successful candidate will be:

·           19-36 years of age

·           High interest in organic rather than conventional agriculture

·           Small farmers, not large ranchers

·            Farming full-time or part-time

·           Free to attend class on weekends (understood you might miss a day or two but generally free to attend)


If you know someone who has these qualifications and interests, please tell them about this scholarship and give them my phone number[masked] or have them fill out the application by email.


Again, applications will be accepted until all scholarships are awarded OR until Nov 30, 2013.


Young Farmer’s Scholarship Application


Please answer questions fully


1. Name

2. Zip Code

3. Phone

4. Age


5. How does farming interest you?


6. Will you use chemicals? Why or Why Not?


7. Experience and/or Skills?

Please list all skills even if they don’t seem relevant to farming.


8. Will farming be full-time or part-time? Why?


9. Are you free to attend class two weekends a month until March 3, 2013? If not, explain how often you can come.


To Submit Scholarship Application

Answer the questions by number and email to sender. Scan your driver’s license to verify age and attach to email.


Thanks for reading,




Syllabus for Class:

Sustainable Living with Permaculture & Zero-Energy Building


Please understand that class schedule could change as many speakers, teachers, demos from others are part of this class.


DAY 1  Nov 17         

Class (People) Introduction & World Problems        

Climates & Elements         

Project or Speaker          

Design Methods Zones & Sectors such as Fire & Sun


DAY 2  Nov 18

Ecology & Basic Principles

Ethics Principles, Investing Ethics, Land Ethics



BREAK project between classes: Sector Analysis of Your Property & Locate 3 Natural Systems and 3 Microclimates


DAY 3  Dec 1

Patterns in Nature


Soil Tests       



DAY 4  Dec 2



Make a Level for Surveying



BREAK project between classes: Water Audit of Your Home/Farm/Yard


DAY 5  Dec 8



Using Maps for Designing & Map Reading



DAY 6  Dec 9

Zone 0  Built Structures       

Building w Compassed Earth Blocks (CEB)

Sustainable Home Design  

Building an Earthship


BREAK project between classes: Design Your CEB House/Building


DAY 7  Jan 5 

Zone 1 Visit Each Day, Vegetables, Herbs, Tractor Animals

Zone 2 Visit Often Birds & Bees, Permaculture Food Forest


Chicken Tour


DAY 8  Jan 6

Zone 3 Seldom Visited Food Crops, Larger Animals, Alley Cropping

Zone 4 Rarely Visited: Harvest Area: Wood Lot, Energy Materials, Mulches, Oils, etc,     

Present House Designs to Class

Zone 5 Natural Forests Wildlife Management Meditation Area


BREAK project between classes: Home/Farm Power Audit


DAY 9  Jan 12



Project or Speaker

Windbreak & Disaster Designs


DAY 10  Jan 13

Planning a Food Forest    


Laundry to Landscape: Greywater Recycling Project

Planning a Food Forest


BREAK project between classes: Design Your Food Forest


DAY 11  Feb 2

Renewable Energy

Solar Basics w Jim Duncan, NABCEP

Solar Installation  Living Off Grid

Designing & Maintaining Battery System


DAY 12  Feb 3         

Making Decisions

Intentional Communities Ecovillages

Present Food Forest Designs to Class

Site Design


BREAK project between classes:  Start Your Site Design


DAY 13  Feb 16       




Tour Aquaponics


DAY 14  Feb 17

Gardening w Permaculturist Brian Gallimore

Gardening Project w Brian Gallimore

Work on Site Design in Class



BREAK project between classes: Finish Site Design


DAY 15  Mar 2         

Open (Catch up)      

Bioregions: A Sense of Place




DAY 16  Mar 3



Present Site Designs to Class

Wrap Up Class


Disclaimer: This is an approximate schedule and is subject to change, particularly when outside speakers are concerned.












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