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Six Month Hands-On Permaculture Design Course 2021

Our Permaculture Farm

Now more than ever, people have attention on creating more choices and resilience in their lives. We want healthy food, a clean environment, and security for us, our children and future generations. This course offers practical steps to achieving these things in your own life, regardless of your circumstances.

We hope you will join us at our six month in-depth Hands-on Urban Permaculture Design Course. It runs the second weekend of each month, from September 11 to June 10, skipping December. The class will start in St Petersburg, FL, and usually ends on our farm in Brooksville. (Students can give input on the location.)

This is Grow Permaculture’s 29th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course, based on Bill Mollison’s work. This course will be held at our farm in Brooksville and in St Petersburg, FL, giving people an opportunity to see permaculture in action on the farm, and also studying in an urban environment.

The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, and skill building. It is extended over six months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This also allows people with busy schedules to take the course. It is possible to make up classes if one cannot make every weekend, we work with students to get you through the materials. The course will meet the first weekend of every month.

There are volumes of material on permaculture on the internet. Our course offers focused and relevant written material, hands on practice, and interactive learning that will aid students to master and apply key concepts. Materials are designed to guide students in continuing their education after the course, and we also offer apprenticeship opportunities. Instructors are veteran, professional designers and educators who have a wide range of on-the-ground design experience; this experience can help you shorten your learning curve, time, and expense significantly.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design our lives, from backyard gardens and food forests to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more sustainable, healthier, and more enjoyable. It is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment. This course is life changing for many people.

We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, when feasible - field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together. We also offer assistance in coordinating carpooling and housing during the class between student and graduates who live locally.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, ranches, communities, businesses, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too.

Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!

Second weekend of each month on Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 5pm, [Note Jan is third weekend.]
• Sep 11-12
• Oct 9-10
• Nov 13-14
(Skipping December)
• Jan 15-16 (Skipping one w/e)
• Feb 12-13
• Mar 12-13

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Steve Szmidt, Diane Willis, Laura Oldanie, others to be announced. For more info and to register: https://growpermaculture.com/251/
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Online Permaculture Design Course Release 2022 Start

Our Permaculture Farm

In person and online Permaculture Courses: We are offering an in person Permaculture Design Course starting second weekend in Sept, delivered on our permaculture farm and in St Pete, and an online version starting Jan 15, 2022. We have the longest running Permaculture Design Course in Florida and focus on practical application to ensure you are successful with your own site or in a career. Also, we offer a free intro course online! Our certificate is endorsed by Permaculture Institute of North America. Early bird rates through end of July for the in-person course, see
https:// growpermaculture.com or[masked] for more info.

We have gotten many requests to offer an online version from people whose schedules don’t match up with our in-person courses or who prefer to study online. This course can be studied at your own pace, with a focus on your own site design. Creating the opportunity for a participatory and hands-on experience is important to us, so we include practical exercises that you perform on your own site. In addition we will have live Q and A sessions and personal mentoring with instructors and you will be able to share your experience with instructors and other students via photos, essays or videos.

In addition we have added some exciting learning modules to the online version and other extras, including units with experts covering various topics. The course will address strategies for drylands, temperate, tropical and other climates based on the significant knowledge and experience of our instructors working in those climates and will also have bonus sections focused specifically on Florida/subtropical climate because of how unique the ecosystem is in Florida. Many of these techniques are very useful in multiple climates and we explain how and why.

For details see https://learn.growpermaculture.com

community composting
Needs a date and time

Merry Springs Health & Wellness Center

Does anyone know of any community composting sites? It seems a waste that so many people are trashing useful composting matter. If anyone has a garden and would accept donations to their compost pile, let me know.

Dive Into Permaculture!
Needs a date and time

Needs a location

This fantastic three-hour free interactive workshop will cover what permaculture can do for you and for society from a number of different angles. We will introduce principles that you can use with your own gardening or home or community, to grow healthy food, and create more resilience and abundance. You will learn specific permaculture techniques you can apply immediately to increase abundance for yourself and loved ones while helping the environment. Permaculture design gives you the tools to:

Grow healthy, organic food with little maintenance needed, by working with nature
Use permaculture principles even in an apartment or condo
Reduce costs of living
Tap into or help build supportive community networks
Achieve more economic stability
Design your life toward more health and abundance Join us at this information, lively and interactive lecture. Speaker: Koreen Brennan

Koreen is a permaculture and edible landscape designer and is in demand as a keynote and transformational speaker on the subject of abundant living. DATE and LOCATION TBD

RSVP and/or comment below to indicate your interest, ideal place in Alachua County, and dates and we'll set up the time and place from there.

Can't wait to meet you in person!

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