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Introduction to Urban Permaculture

Learn to Design a Practical Sustainable Plan for Your Own Garden
So That You Can Create Abundant Food for Your Whole Family.

 Permaculture is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people and communities.


Would you like to live in a more sustainable way? Would you like to learn a system of garden design that is practical, efficient and over time requires less effort for you to maintain? Have you heard the term permaculture and want to learn more about it? 

This Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design will teach you useful strategies and techniques permaculturalists use to design functional, practical and sustainable garden plans. You will leave the course with a structured approach to sustainable garden design which will give you the skills to lay out a practical plan for your own garden so that you can create abundant food for your whole family.  The course is fun and interactive and you will be designing your own gardens with the support of the teacher as well as others on the course.

The Course Content  

Permaculture has a philosophy of respecting nature and working with it, rather than against it. At the end of day one, you will learn how to develop your own permaculture garden and have an understanding of the principles, strategies and techniques used within permaculture. You will learn about the origins of permaculture and why it is called an ethical design system.

The second day involves you in a practical exercise in which you will be guided in the process of applying the permaculture design system to your own urban garden, no matter what size or setting.

Your Trainer

David Power is a certified permaculture designer and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others. In 2009, he built a blog Permaculture Power. Since its inception, it has had over 200,000 hits and provides useful links to permaculture related resources that are found online. This online resource has helped people all around the globe. 

David has had the good fortune to have studied with the world’s best teachers including the founders of permaculture Bill Mollison and David Holmgren as well as the director of the Permaculture Institute of Australia, Geoff Lawton. David’s field experience includes time on both Geoff Lawton’s property in The Channon and Bill Mollison’s property in Tasmania. In addition to these practical experiences, he went on to do further study with the well respected permaculture teacher, Rosemary Morrow, who awarded David an advanced teacher training certificate. 

David looks forward to teaching you more about permaculture and supporting you in your approach to living in a more sustainable way.

Davids permaculture certifications include:

  • Permaculture Design Course – Geoff Lawton – 2007
  • Permaculture Practical Certificate – Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton – 2007
  • Australian Permaculture Convergence – APC9 – 2008 (Attendance)
  • Permaculture Project Aid Worker Course – Geoff and Nadia Lawton – 2009
  • P.D.C. Teacher Training Course – Geoff and Nadia Lawton – 2009
  • Permaculture Teacher Training –  Rosemary Morrow – 2012
  • Gardening Like the Forest: Fundamentals of  Ecological Gardening – Dave Jacke – 2013
  • Permaculture Design Certificate (Urban Design) – Hannah Moloney, Nick Ritar, David Holmgren – 2013

David looks forward to teaching you about permaculture and supporting you in your approach to living in a more sustainable way.

Course location: Berry, NSW, Australia

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peakprosperity.com writes…

“Permaculture” is a word fast gaining adoption in (and beyond) the agricultural and gardening worlds. We see it mentioned fairly often here on PeakProsperity.com.

But what exactly does it mean?

When asked, many of our readers have a fuzzy sense, at best. So, we’ve asked one of the top experts in the permaculture field, Toby Hemenway, to provide an ‘everyman’s’ overview of the philosophy, science and best practices of the craft. His book, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture has been the world’s best-selling permaculture book the past 8 years running.

At its essence, permaculture is about understanding and appreciating how systems naturally operate, and combining those systems in intelligent ways to accomplish intended goals, sustainably.

And while it’s mostly applied to food production and land management today, the principles of permaculture make just as much sense for our economic, energetic, social and other systems. Which is why we want to provide the Peak Prosperity audience with a solid grounding on the subject — as Chris and I plan to actively integrate much of it going forward into the “lens” we look through at this site…”

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chelseagreen.com writes…

“…Jeremiah from Wisconsin asks:
In Bill Mollison’s seminal book, he talks a lot about all sorts of natural patterns such as fractals, wave patterns, etc… Most of it went way over my head. How do you use these mathematical patterns in your actual permaculture designs?

Toby Hemenway: Patterning is a hard concept to grasp at first, and I have several chapters written on a book on patterning in design. Permaculturists look at what functions the design is supposed to achieve—how are we moving people and materials around, blocking wind, creating warm microclimates, etc —and then look for patterns that help do that.

For example, nature uses branching patterns to collect and distribute energy and materials, the way roots and branches of a tree collect and distribute sun, water, and nutrients. If there are places to collect or distribute things in our design, maybe a branching pattern is needed. That’s why many garden paths are in a branching pattern; we’re collecting and distributing water, food, mulch, compost materials, and so on. Mound and lobe patterns can increase surface area and exposure—are there places that we need to do that? Spirals are usually patterns of growth and flow—where are those things going on in the design?

Working well with patterns means understanding how a few basic patterns are used in nature—how is nature working with branches, waves, spirals, fractals, pulses, networks, and such?—and seeing what functions we have going on in our design—are things in the design collecting, growing, strengthening, flowing toward or away from, and so forth? Then see if there are patterns for arranging the pieces of the design that will do that. We let the design tell us what patterns will make life easier, rather than force a pattern on the design…”

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Interesting theory.

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