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Enjoy an easy to maintain, water efficient, energy saving yard! In this class we will explore multiple layers of improvements to maximize your yard space for food production, water collection, energy savings and overall use and enjoyment. Participants will refine their site design goals and gain experience with creating a simple base map of the site. Each participant will produce a base map, a zone & sector analysis, and come up with yard design options during the class and will leave with clear next steps and connections to local resources towards bringing these designs to life. Emphasis will be placed on low-cost, high-benefit changes that consider both ownership and rental scenarios. A note from Matt Bibeau, class instructor: I'm really excited to offer this new class through PDX Permaculture. I have been teaching permaculture design and helping people realize and afford their optimal yards for over 10 years. This class was developed to help more people like you realize that you don't need to hire expensive landscape architects and contractors to make your yard dreams possible!
The Imagine Convergence is gathering changemakers, intellectuals, innovators and cultural creatives to explore cross-disciplinary solutions to these global complexities. Together we are weaving narratives for a future paradigm. Join us and 300 pioneering minds as we embark upon the Convergence! Renowned mycologist Paul Stamets is headlining the conference, sharing about his recently published findings to combat “colony collapse disorder” and bring life back to bees across the globe. The stage will also feature David Korten, author and founder of “Yes! Magazine”; Donna Morton, impact investor and founder of Change Finance; Charles Eisenstein, acclaimed author and philosopher; Bruce Damer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist sharing his theory on the origins of life; Charles Grob, lead researcher on end-of-life therapy using psylocybin at UCLA Medical; Julia Butterfly Hill, environmental activist and advocate; Paul “Cheoketen” Wagner, Saanich founder of Salish Sea Water Protectors; and many other distinguished cultural creatives. Please visit www.imagineconvergence.com for more info and registration.
As the seasons progress, our activities each month will match what's happening on the land. Looking ahead into the New Year, January and February will be focused on habitat restoration projects. We'll always have hot coffee and tea, and a simple farm lunch around 1pm. On cold days, we'll also have a warming fire in our yurt. Beginning in March, depending on conditions, seed starting picks up, and planting activities are common for the rest of the growing season.
Planet Repair Institute and Jean's Farm in SE
Welcome to the[masked] Urban Permaculture Design Course! Founded in 2009 at the Planet Repair Institute in SE Portland, Oregon, this course has graduated over 200 active members of our community and bio-region. Now in its 2nd year as the official PDC of the non-profit organization, The City Repair Project, this course delves even further into broadly-applicable and hyper-local strategies for improving our homes, gardens, soil, water, neighborhood vitality, city design and beyond. •Dates for[masked]: Oct 5-6, Nov 2-3, Dec 7-8, Jan 11-12, Feb 8-9, March 7-8, April 4-5, and May 2-3. Class meets from 9am-4:30pm each day. Please reserve these dates now to assure completion of course attendance requirements. •Locations Main venues will be Planet Repair Institute (https://planetrepair.wordpress.com/) and Jean's Farm (https://www.facebook.com/JeansFarm/) but we will also visit several exemplary permaculture sites around Portland. •To Register RSVP to this meet-up in order to reserve your place in the course. A $200 deposit is required at the time of RSVP. The course meets for a total of 16 days and costs $1000, which includes hearty vegetarian lunches each day. Participants are invited to bring snacks and dishes to supplement the provided lunches. Registrants will have the option to pay the remaining balance in a lump sum of $800 or in 4 payments of $200 spread over the duration of the course. •What is an Urban Permaculture Design Course (UPDC)?: The UPDC includes the required 72 hours of content of a PDC, the curriculum that earns participants an internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. The primary topic areas are framed through the permaculture lens of regenerative design practices and informed through a frame of social justice and equity. The UPDC adds to the 72-hour PDC requirement with 24 additional hours of content and hands-on practice that delves more deeply into applying urban permaculture strategies at home and in your community. This additional content is partly informed by the 20-year history of the City Repair Project's organizing and actions in Portland and in other cities in the USA and abroad. •Who takes a PDC?: The PDC is broadly applicable, and therefore, relevant to anyone wanting to make meaningful change in their lives and learn or refine skills to help towards achieving this. The PDC reaches core questions of our lives and habits, and participants frequently report life-changing results. •INSTRUCTORS The teaching team represents a wide range of backgrounds and skill-sets. Our teaching team, led by long-time City Repair organizers Mark Lakeman and Matt Bibeau, will be co-instructed by Ridhi D'Cruz (City Repair Co-Executive Director) and Julian Dominic (Principal of Witch Hazel Designs & Education), and will feature many of the bioregion’s top instructors as guest teachers. For a glimpse at our course and our lead instructors, check out this video: https://vimeo.com/133806838 •COURSE TOPIC DETAIL The course will cover topics soil remediation, water harvesting, food systems and forest gardening, natural building techniques, urban ecology and foraging, plant propagation and grafting techniques, small scale energy systems, climate change resilience strategies, ecological patterning, community mapping, drawing and graphing techniques, collaborative design methods and more. We will be spending time outdoors applying our knowledge through hands-on projects at and near our course locations, making an immediate, direct impact on the neighborhoods around us. During each session, we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation and ‘block repair’. We consider simple no-cost or low-cost interventions and small scale intensive systems that any neighborhood could implement in order to help transition our urban spaces into thriving social ecologies. Blending the whole system design methods of permaculture with the urban reclamation techniques of block repair, we explore opportunities to reclaim the commons, activate underutilized spaces, integrate water management and energy systems, create vibrant perennial food systems, and localize our economic relations. •CERTIFICATES Permaculture Design Certificates are issued after you successfully complete the course requirements. This PDC is certified by City Repair (http://www.cityrepair.org), host organization of the Village Building Convergence, the largest and longest-running urban permaculture convergence in the USA (https://villagebuildingconvergence.com). •QUESTIONS? Please email [masked]