Permaculture Design Course

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Author: Sasha McNicoll

Posted: April 15, 2011

Categories: Food in the News

The Permaculture Design Course is a 13 day (72 hour minimum) intensive program combining theory and practical activities. Through lectures, discussions, slide shows, field trips, and hands-on learning, participants learn the basic permaculture design principles and develop the skills to design and implement sustainable systems.

It takes place at Whole Village Farm and Ecovillage in Caledon. The diverse 191 acre organic farm includes a large pond, forests, wetland, meadows, hills and trails. You will have access to othe gardens, greenhouse, orchard, berry patches, edible forest garden, workshops, century barn, solar showers and composting toilets. Inside the community house, Greenhaven, you will get a tour of the solar hot water, radiant in-floor heating and geothermal systems, skylights, natural building materials and an engineered wetland. Common areas include kitchen, living/dining, laundry, washroom, library and rec room. Social times around the fire by the pond complete the day, so bring an instrument.

The farm was designed with permaculture principles in mind. Practicum sessions will take place on the farm in real life situations where you will problem solve and create designs to complement the ecovillage plan and mimic nature’s processes.

For more information, see the Brochure.