2020 Winter/Spring Permaculture Design Course, Hundred Fruit Farm, Saturday, 15. February 2020

Course Details
Come join us for our annual Winter/Spring permaculture design course! 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

how to grow a wide range of easy to care for and disease-resistant fruits

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: turning 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 underdeveloped 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.​
Course Format
Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday on alternating weekends from 9 am - 5 pm over a 12 week period at Hundred Fruit Farm in Buckingham, PA, for a total of six weekends with classes. The course will take place on the following weekends: Feb 15 - 16, Feb 29 - Mar 1, Mar 14 - 15, Mar 28 - 19, April 11 - 12, April 25 - 26, and May 9. Students are expected to eat breakfast and dinner before and after class. Lunches will be potluck style with each person bringing a dish and sharing with the group. Hundred Fruit Farm will also provide provide tea, coffee, and snacks for
The cost of the course is $585 per person for early bird registrations before Jan 1, and $675 per person for registrations after Jan 1. Most PDCs cost anywhere from $1000 to $2500. Why is ours cheaper? By designing this course for commuters and local residents, we don't need to factor in the cost of housing and meals into the course, which keeps costs down significantly. Even with the relatively lower cost of the course, if you are still struggling to afford the tuition, you can try fundraising your tuition with our friends at WeTheTrees, a permaculture crowdsourcing website created specifically for this purpose.
Who is this course for? 
This course is aimed at anyone who wants to live a more sustainable lifestyle, bring more meaning into their lives, build a stronger community, and/or work towards an ecologically responsible future. This course is also ideal for backyard gardeners, homeowners, landscapers and landscape designers, teachers/educators, farmers, community organizers, nonprofit workers, orchardists, horticulturalists, students, etc. The curriculum of a PDC is designed to be introductory in nature, so there are no prerequisites needed to take it.

Course Instructors
Adam will be the lead instructor for the course, but several other professional permaculturists in the region will join the course as guest teachers for certain sessions. Guest instructors for previous courses have included Lindsay Napolitano and Johann Rinkens from Fields Without Fences; Dale Hendricks from Green Light Plants; Ben Weiss from Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises; Robyn Mello from Edenspore; JC Hogan from Earthen Arts Ecological Design; and Gregory Crawford from Surplus Permaculture. Guest teacher pictures and bios will be added below as they are confirmed for the course.

Adam Dusen

Adam is the main teacher and facilitator for the course, and divides his time between running Hundred Fruit Farm and doing professional permaculture designs for clients throughout the mid-Atlantic and internationally. Adam also helps manage the Panya Project, a permaculture educator center in Thailand, and previously served as the Permaculture Farm Manager and Teacher at The Island School in The Bahamas. Adam has a passion for regenerative farming that combines integrated animal systems with fruit and nut diversity. As a designer, he focuses on applying permaculture design to maximize agricultural productivity, increase ecological resilience, and to revitalize sterile suburban landscapes. Check out Adam's full biohere.

Do I have to commute?
This course is designed for people who live close enough that they can travel to and from class each day. Some people who live a little further may find that it makes more sense for them to stay somewhere locally Saturday nights to cut down on travel time. We are happy to suggest nearby accommodation for students who wish to do this, but we do not yet have the facilities to host students ourselves on the farm.
How far is the farm from Philadelphia?
Depending on where you're coming from in Philly, our farm is about 45 minutes to 1 hour away. 
How do I register?
To register, you will need to pay a 10% deposit to secure your place in the course. The eventbrite registration will cover the 10% deposit and the remainder can be paid via Paypal, check, or Venmo at the beginning of the course. Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the course. Deposits are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled, in which case you will be fully refunded for any deposits made.

Saturday, 15. February 2020, Hundred Fruit Farm, 2020 Winter/Spring Permaculture Design Course

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