Spring 2020 PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC)
In partnership with the University of Richmond
JOIN US THIS SPRING!
This course will be based in the Richmond, VA area. Regional field trips will be a part of the curriculum.
DATES and TIMES:
The course will be held for 9 days over 4 alternating weekends this Spring.
February 21-23 (this is the only 3 day weekend of the course)
March 7-8 and 21-22
Course days will run from 9am - 6pm unless otherwise noted.
Registration is now live online only through the University of Richmond's School of Professional and Continuing Education.
Get 18% off ($200 off) for signing up early!
Earlybird pricing of $900 is available now until the end of November!
The course fee is $1100 after December 1st. Course fee includes the 72 hour Permaculture Design Course, Certificate of Completion for those who attend the full course and complete all required work. All course field trips are included, and heavy snacks are provided for the duration of course days.
Our days will run from 9 - 6pm, with an hour off for lunch midday. The course will be taught, in Permaculture fashion, by moving from patterns to details. We will learn foundations and core concepts first, drilling down into the details as we move along. Each day we will spend time both indoors and outdoors as we focus on observational skills and skill-building activities. Field trips and farm tours help cement concepts and allow on-the-ground learning to take place in real time. Typical days will see us both indoors and out, often at multiple locations.
Permaculture is an ethically based design approach to creating sustainable human communities. Although rooted in agriculture, Permaculture design also touches on ecological restoration, community development, urban planning, energy systems, and architecture.
This Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is geared towards serious homesteading and profitable Permaculture farming in the Mid-Atlantic. This is an opportunity to learn Permaculture Design from professional farmers who are doing the work!
We base our courses in hands-on, practical Permaculture, and we focus on demystifying foundational concepts to give our students the confidence and skills to jump right into their own projects. We work to hone design skills as a group and as individuals, and we also really lean in to social Permaculture, giving students important framework for success in their communities.
CURRICULUM: These are some (not all) of the topics covered in a Shenandoah Permaculture Institute PDC:
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR SPRING AND FALL COURSES?
The subject matter covered in both courses is the same. All of our PDCs are packed full of Permaculture foundational knowledge with a focus on human sector, regenerative agriculture, hands-on skill building and design work. This material is scaleable to persons of varying educational backgrounds, economic contexts, and project size. We focus our field trips regionally and visit different sites and operations for different courses.
The 2019 Shenandoah Valley course will be based out of the greater Staunton, VA area. We will be visiting Polyface Farm for a private tour and Q and A with Joel Salatin, which is a highlight of this course. We will also visit Wild Rose Orchard, ShireFolk Farm, and Moonstone Plant Company, among other sites. The Spring U of R course is based out of the University. In the Spring course, we visit sites and features farms in the greater Richmond area.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE
Anyone interested in developing a productive, efficient, and ecologically sustainable landscape, including backyard gardens, farms, homesteads, and communities. Permaculture Design applies to projects of all sizes and scales! This course will benefit the novice and the experienced practitioner alike. We have had students from many walks of life, including college students, extension agents, professional designers, homesteaders, soon-to-be retirees looking to plan their projects, apartment dwelling professionals, master gardeners and more. If you're uncertain where you fit into a course like this, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whoever you are, there's a place for you in our Permaculture Design Course.
This course will be taught by SPI's core teaching team of Emilie Tweardy, Ryan Blosser, and Trevor Piersol. All three are professional farmers and experienced Permaculture deisgners/educators. Click Here To Learn More About SPI's Teaching Team.
Learn Permaculture Design from a seasoned team of experienced farmers, business owners, designers and educators who've been teaching Permaculture together as a team for 4 years. The 2020 Spring Course will be their 10th course together!
Students receive a free custom t-shirt printed by a small woman-owned business.
Students receive free plant materials to take home to start their own projects. This varies seasonally, but previous examples include: Rooted and unrooted elderberry cuttings. Pawpaw seeds. Rooted cuttings of woody perennial plants. Comfrey cuttings or plants. Scion wood for grafting.
Students reap the benefits of seed swaps, culture swaps (yogurt, kombucha and vinegar mothers, sourdough starters) with class members and instructors.
The Shenandoah Permaculture Alumni Network is active, expansive, and growing all the time. You'll be one of many regional Permaculturists who share skills, knowledge, stories, labor and resources to build community and get the good work done!
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