As we move closer to the start of our Whatcom Hands On Permaculture Design Course, We wanted to share an update of how things are progressing. At this point the course is half full, with a half a dozen or so interested and thinking about it.
We would like to offer an incentive for people to sign up.
- We are extending the early bird price of $1600 till May 1st, $200 off the regular price
- Sign up a friend and get $100 off of your tuition.
- Sign up as a couple and get a $200 discount
We are really looking forward to getting into the nuts and bolts of the class schedule. If we have not reached minimum enrollment by May 5th, we will strategically pivot to a slightly different format. We would still continue to offer some of the course content, but as stand-alone workshops conducted throughout the Spring and Summer.
Here are a few upcoming events if you are interested in meeting us or visiting a site prior to the course. These are also great opportunities to meet other people in our area interested in Permaculture. They are also a great chance to invite your friends who may be exploring some of these ideas ; )
Saturday, April 23rd- 9 – 2pm Whatcom Farm Expo Exhibition: Free! Put on by the Whatcom Conservation District. Come visit us at this trade convention for our local Agricultural Community. More information at their Website, Eventbrite, and Facebook event, pages.
Friday, April 29 – 4 – 6pm Permaculture Meet-up at Inspiration Farm: Free! Come meet and chat with our local Permaculture Community. We can share ideas, plants, books or tools.
Saturday, May 14 – 10 – 4pm Food Forest & Permaculture Guild Plants $40 Workshop at Inspiration Farm.
Permaculture course weekends you can attend separately!
We will be offering certain modules of the course as a stand-alone workshops for people who are interested in specific topics but may not be able to commit to an entire course. The cost will be $200 per weekend. Please share these opportunities with anybody you know who may be interested. Thanks.
Weekend #1 May 21st and 22nd $200
The first weekend will cover the Foundations of Permaculture overview and logistics of the whole course. This will be an introduction to the foundations of permaculture. If you decide you are interested in taking the whole course you may roll this fee into the total cost of the course.
The first two information packed days we will cover permaculture defined; observation skills; ethics and the basis of ecological design; permaculture principles. We will include a comprehensive site tour with observation skill exercises while looking at indicators of sustainability, and how to use them. We will address whole systems thinking and how to look at fast track succession as it applies to design strategies.
Weekend #2 June 4th and 5th $200
The second weekend we will look at Designing within a Pattern Literacy Context. We will also be joined by the renowned permaculture designer and practitioner Doug Bullock. As we look at topography, geology, climate and microclimates Designing from patterns to details using natural patterns as a design tool. Looking at the overview of the permaculture design process and methods of design using the Zone and Sector System.
Day two we will go into the Roles of Trees and Plants. How do these elements relate to developing a stable system. Polyculture plants and their many functions. Methods for propagation, care and the yields they offer back to the system. Strategic design of plant communities for the orchard food forest system including; hedgerows, windbreaks, shelter belts and the home garden.
Weekend #3 June 18th and 19th $200
This third weekend will focus on Soil and Water. On Saturday, we will explore the complex, living, breathing edge between the earth and the sky. By exploring the dynamic Soil Food Web, we will learn about both the geological and ecological relationships which best facilitate plant growth. Sunday will explore Water Systems and provide a practical and accessible approach to this most critical infrastructure. We will look at Residential Irrigation systems that connect the garden to the home. We will also explore Domestic Plumbing systems such as the kitchen sink, toilet and grey water irrigation. We’ll learn how to troubleshoot simple problems that homeowners and renters may encounter in everyday life.
Weekend #4 July 9th and 10th $200
This Fourth weekend will focus on Social Relations and Practical Tools. We will also be joined by the renowned permaculture designer Penny Livingston. On Saturday we will explore awesome Community Projects happening within the scope of Permaculture Design. We will also investigate social relationships between ourselves, each other and our larger consumer culture as well as how to design in the Human Landscape. On Sunday, we will learn How to Use and Care for Tools. Both hand tools and power tools are an essential part of any land-based work. We will cover the basic tool kit, trade-specific kits, power tools, safety and maintenance.