Introduction to URBAN PERMACULTURE DESIGN, With Guest Instructor:
Peter Bane, editor of the Permaculture Activist, and author of The Permaculture Handbook: For Town and Country.
40 hour training course (30 hours classroom, 10 hours field practice) in beautiful, North West Michigan
Place: O’k CSA Studio, in the Alley, 510 1/2 Second St., Traverse City, MI
Time: 9am – 4pm
Dates: June 23, July 14, August 11, 25, 26
Registration closes: June 15th
Discount of 10% for Registration before June 1, 2012
Regular course fee: $650
We will be meeting some dates at the Historic Barns Park community gardens, located in the Grand Traverse Commons, which are open for visits from dawn to dusk. The Barns Park community garden is located between Red Drive and Silver Drive, in Traverse City, on the old State Hospital grounds.
Instructors: Penny Krebiehl, with guest instructor, Peter Bane, Keith Johnson and local teachers
Cost: $585 before May 31st, $650 after June 1st.
Some work trade through O’k CSA’s LLOOF program(Living Local on Organic Farms)
is available, with inquiry and application due by May 20th. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to Urban Permaculture Design description: The Intro to UPD is a 5 day intensive exploration of permaculture. The Intro to UPD certificate verifies that you participated in a permaculture training course. Ten additional hours of field practice are required to earn the certificate.
1. To introduce students to fundamentals for sustainability.
2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism.
3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design.
4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources.
5. To study homesteading skills and off-grid technologies.
This course on traditional permaculture topics such as energy use, buildings,
This course on traditional permaculture topics such as energy use, buildings, food, waste streams and water systems will utilize current information in the media and classic truisms from voices of experience. To step into the rapid transitions that are in process, the emphasis is on social change and cooperative structures with lots of field models and hands on learning opportunities. Soil building and bioremediation techniques are at the forefront of our urban “farmlets” and referenced gardens, showcasing plants for food, medicine, craft and wildlife support.
Raising our quality of life, improving the commons, analysis of global outlooks, business ideas and healthy lifestyles will all be included. Held at Oʼk Art Studio with site visits to Traverse Cityʼs Historic Barns Park, this model at a park and in an urban neighborhood is focused on useful landscapes in public space in Traverse City. Ranging further than a weekend intensive, yet requiring less commitment than a PDC, this course offers an approachable format for those who are new to permaculture and a comfortable re-entry for those who seek further practice. Ten additional hours of field practice are mandatory. Intro to UPD certificate upon completion. Urban Permaculture Design Certificate options are available by individual arrangement.
Reading: Permaculture, A Designerʼs Manual by Bill Mollison is the main text for this course: it is not required. An Introduction to Permaculture, by Mollison is highly recommended. ALSO, The Permaculture Handbook: For Town and Country, by Peter Bane is highly recommended (more info on ordering here: http://permaculturehandbook.com/ ). Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles by David Holmgren, Gaiaʼs Garden by Toby Hemenway and Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield are useful as preparatory reading but are not required.
Classroom rules of conduct: No cell phone use during class or field sessions. Students will be expected to be on time. Please wear sensible clothes for comfortable all day sitting. For field study please wear shoes that cover your feet and bring water, and a sack-lunch full of good food to nourish yourself.
The Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design is a prerequisite to earning a Permaculture Design Certificate from Little Artshram and Oʼk CSA. To earn a PDC requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test.
Contact: email@example.com to inquire about the full PDC program
which will continue through the fall and into the winter of 2013.
For info on ordering Peter Bane’s The Permaculture Handbook: http://permaculturehandbook.com/