Permaculture Design Certificate Course

When: February 11 - April 23

Time: 9 am - 3 pm

Cost: $575 (-$75 Discount for Early Bird Registration before Jan 15)

Instructor: Adam Dusen

Recommended Ages: 18+ 



The permaculture design course, or PDC, is an intensive 72-hour internationally recognized permaculture certification. It's designed to give participants the inspiration and knowledge they need to make a positive change in the world, needed now more than ever. It will give you the skills necessary to design your home/yard/landscape into an ecologically-resilient edible system, and for some, it could be the first stepping stone to a permaculture career in design, education, consulting, or regenerative farming.

This course will be offered as a weekend course designed for local residents who don't have time to take an intensive (and expensive) two-week PDC. This course will be mostly classroom-based but will also include hands-on components. It will go through the basics of permaculture design relating to different climates, energy, natural building, the global climate, social systems, and more. The course curriculum includes:

  • how permaculture started and what it means
  • philosophies and ethics of permaculture
  • permaculture design principles and how to apply them
  • methods of design and how to apply design strategies
  • how to mimic natural systems to create better design
  • climatic factors and strategies, covering all major climates
  • trees, forests, and forest gardening
  • water: conserving, collecting, reusing in your design
  • soil: learn the basics of soil chemistry and biology and how to work with the soil food web to build new soils and repair degraded land
  • earthworks: shaping the land to maximize the benefits of your natural resources
  • ecological sanitation systems: turing waste into a valuable resource
  • aquaculture and aquaponics
  • animal systems: the importance of animals in food systems and the symbiotic relationship between plants and animals
  • natural building: how to build beautiful, inexpensive, resilient structures using available natural resources
  • appropriate technology: home-scale biogas, solar cookers, rocket stoves, etc.
  • alternative systems: alternative economic systems, food sovereignty, community living
  • permaculture as a tool for sustainable development: using permaculture where it's needed most in undeveloped countries lacking basic sanitation and infrastructure

The final part of the course will focus on co-creating a viable real-world design for a site that could include gardens, fruit trees, greywater systems, rainwater catchment, food forests, natural building projects, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to design their own site or a site affiliated with a project they are involved in as part of this final design project.​


For more information and to register, click here.

February 11, 2017 at 9am - 3pm
Hundred Fruit Farm
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