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  • Oct 21, 2012 · 9:30 AM
  • Kimberton Waldorf School Garden Building


Sliding Fee Scale, Metro- Philly, Weekend format  --
Earn an internationally recognized Certificate in Permaculture Design

Course work includes 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 so much more.


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
-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 garden to lunch programs, CSAs and Community Gardens
-Appropriate Technology (rocket stoves/rocket mass heaters, biodigestors, tractorinos, passive solar design) & computer tools useful in Permaculture Design
-Creating 'closed-loop' systems
- 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 450 + acres biodynamically farmed campus of the Kimberton Waldorf School - Chester Co. PA (approx. 25 miles outside the city of Philadelphia).

Certificates are issued after satisfactory completion of the Permaculture Design Course requirements - certificate is conferred through the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild teachers (cost for additional Certificate = $20.00)

Requirements include: * Attendance & Participation is design team exercises, presentations * Participation in the Talent Show (it's a lot of fun anyway - you will be glad you did!) * Satisfactory completion of the final design project * All Payment Agreements met in full... (please read our refund policy)


$250 non-refundable deposit required to hold a space, due before Oct. 25, 2012.

Payment options (all options require $250 non-refundable deposit to be paid by Oct. 25, please contact us if you have questions):
1. Pay either the full amount before the start of the course, OR - if you require a more flexible payment schedule

2. Pay 1/2 of course fees (less deposit) by Oct. 31 & balance payable on/before Dec. 1, 2012
Meals & Transportation not included.
* SLIDING SCALE $900.00 - $[masked] for full course!

PASA Members, members of Good Food Neighborhood and BFBL receive an additional $10 discount (deduct this amount from the course fees that you would ordinarily pay on the sliding fee scale).

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!

* NON-CERTIFICATE OPTION: Those wishing to participate in an individual session/sessions of the course have the option of paying per day @ the rate of $90/day - note: you will NOT receive assignments/NOT qualify for the Certificate

* 10% Discount for teachers
* 10% Discount for 2 or more from the same household registering together (couples, family...)
* in rare circumstances we may consider payment of fees in barter/service, and/or allow installments but please remember there are expenses associated with offering the course which include: venues, teachers, guest teachers, this is not always possible.

PAYMENT IN CASH, CHECK or MONEY ORDER- once you have registered here, we will contact you with details (payment address...)

SPONSORSHIP Support our Permaculture Scholarship Fund! Gifts-in-kind and scholarship fund donations are welcome and honored. Please Consider sponsoring a Permaculture Design Certificate course participant. Those wishing to participate in the course, but lack available funding are encouraged to seek out sponsors (health food stores, environmental groups, holistic health care professionals - you won't know unless you ask them!). Donations are not tax deductable.

What to Bring/Wear... Water bottle, sun protection, rain-gear (if warranted), appropriate footwear/weather appropriate clothing, a notebook, camera (optional), a packed lunch/snacks and your readiness to learn. Please refrain from wearing perfumes or fragrances, as it may inadvertently attract insects or affect other participants with sensitivities.

All SESSIONS MEET ON SUNDAY, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm:
Oct. 21
Nov. 11
Dec. 16
Jan. 20
Feb. 17
March 17
April 14
May 19

Additional (optional) learning opportunities to visit off-site locations (field trips), attend selected non-PDC course workshops and/or other events of interest will also be available to course participants

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