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Foundations of Permaculture Design

Whether you've grown feverishly curious about what the heck permaculture is all about, or you've had some engagement with the topic through classes, readings or workshops and want to brush up on the basics, Foundations of Permaculture offers a refreshingly succinct and fun opportunity to get caught up.

In this 2-hour workshop, we'll begin with an overview of permaculture's agricultural origins. We will explore how a agricultural design approach that looked to nature for its cues became relevant and valuable to interpreting and designing aspects of our homes, our lives and our livelihoods.

We will re-familiarize ourselves with the ethics and design principles that serve to guide our design and help us to focus on various angles of what we're designing, be it a house, a garden, a daily rhythm or a business plan (creativity is the limiting factor...)

We'll review a basic zone and sector analysis of a simplified 1/5 acre urban residential property, a multi-acre farm homestead, and a neighborhood school to offer a variety of scenarios.

The workshop will include several activities designed to get participants up out of their seats and have some fun while developing a deeper understanding of principles in action. It also serves as a good primer for the Permaculture for Educators meet-up scheduled for one week after this one, on Feb 27.

The Foundations meet-up is donation-only, nobody turned away. A $10 suggested donation benefits Mother Earth School, an Oregon non-profit offering farm and forest-based learning opportunities for youth & children, and training for adults. Mother Earth School embodies the wisdom and design of permaculture and Waldorf education to bring learning to life, and life to learning.

Matt Bibeau, MSEd, is the executive director of Mother Earth School. He received his Permaculture Teacher Training certificate in 2008 and has since taught in over 12 PDC's, co-teaching full courses with Toby Hemenway and Marisha Auerbach, collaborating with many more and co-organizing area events such as the Village Building Convergence and NW Permaculture Convergence. He lived and taught at Tryon Life Community Farm in SW for four years before moving to SE with his family to support the birth of the school's new grade school program. Matt and his wife Kelly continue to teach outdoor preschool at the TLC Farm site.

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  • Matt B.

    Thanks to all who made it! We'll definitely offer this class again in a few months.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    February 21, 2013

  • Marlee

    Basic introduction to the principles of permaculture. Thought maybe there would be more handouts with names of the best local garden centers, websites, recommended farms to visit, or other resources in general to get me started planning my garden space. However, the instructor DID mention a couple books and other resources throughout his presentation.

    February 20, 2013

  • Courtney A

    I'm so sorry that I had to miss it! :-(

    February 20, 2013

  • brittany


    February 20, 2013

  • Brian

    I enjoyed enjoyed group efforts of the class.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make it after all. Feeling very sad about it.

    February 20, 2013

  • Tim H.

    I'm sorry. A business dinner just got moved to tonight. I look forward to attending soon.

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    February 19, 2013

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