Course will cover the following topics:
Permaculture principles and ethics as defined by Mollison and Holmgren
- Ecological basis of permaculture and approaches for creative problem solving
Ecoliteracy & essential earth science
- Patterns in Nature and human culture
- Landform & landscape reading, interpreting contour maps
- Water in landscape: water management & storage strategies, earthworks
- Forest ecology and role in the environment
- Soil: maintaining a healthy, living soil system, composting and soil rejuvenation.
- Microclimates: identify and create specific microclimates, windbreak design
- Earth’s climate system, how it’s changing, and features of major climate zones: temperate, tropical and arid
Permaculture Design for Cultivated Ecologies
Design process and methodology, patterns in design, site analysis, zone and sector planning
- Energy and resource conserving housing, passive solar design and appropriate technology and energy systems
- Home garden design: edible landscapes, small scale intensive vegetable production
- Orchard and food forest systems for temperate, subtropic and tropical climates
- Main crops: growing staple crops for self reliance and income generating crops
- Integrated Animal Systems: poultry and small livestock, beekeeping, sustainable grazing systems & farm animals.
- Aquaculture: low maintenance freshwater aquaculture systems for ponds & farm dams and edible water plants.
- Treecrops: designing structural forests for fuel, timber & other yields, agroforestry, coppice woods etc. Sustainable strategies for broad acre production.
- Conservation forests for watershed management, native flora & fauna, reforestation, wildlife management, wildlife corridors, bushfoods.
- Integrated pest and weed management.
- Design for Disaster: Fire & other catastrophe
Social Permaculture Systems
- Bioregions, transition and power of community
- Community economics, legal frameworks and governance
- Human settlements, ecovillages and cohousing
- Urban strategies for cities and towns
Permaculture at Work – local and global networks, opportunities for practice and ongoing learning and experience, being an agent of change.
This is an intensive course covering the essential knowledge for designing and practicing permaculture.
Course activities include presentations and lectures, group activities, practical sessions, field observation, group design project, evening films and campfires (weather permitting). Participants staying on site are encouraged to participate in the daily rosters for feeding and maintaining the animals and gardens.