Our PDC offers a comprehensive study of all topics needed to design any permaculture landscape, whether it is a backyard, a terrace house, a balcony, a restaurant, a shop or a community space (garden, school, etc.).
The course focuses on permaculture design. We do explore principles and techniques in organic gardening, but please be kindly reminded that a PDC covers much more than just organic gardening!
Full programme details are available on our website. Below are some of the themes we explore:
- Ecoliteracy – ecology underpinnings: climate, soils, water, energy & nutrient cycles, etc
- Ethics & principles
- Patterning & design methods
- Water – rainwater harvesting – domestic & rural use
- Soil – erosion control, fertilisation, etc.
- Forests and windbreaks
- Plants, food forests, food security
- Agroecology & ecological gardening
- Solar passive habitations
- Urban solutions
- Invisible structures (finances, land use, governance, etc)
- Income per acre
- Planning for disaster
Our PDC meets the international standards of 72 hours tuition set by the Permaculture Institute and it is grounded on several manuals and curriculums:
- Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture: A Designers Manual”
- Rosemary Morrow’s “Permaculture Teachers Manual”
- Dave Jacke’s “Edible Forest Gardens”
- and a variety of other complementary work from Joel Salatin, PA Yeoman, Martin Crawford, Toby Hemingway, and other known permaculturists.
At the end of this training, students are able to design and implement permaculture principles into a wide range of situations: urban permaculture systems, small farms, neighborhoods, suburbs, aid projects, etc.
During the course, students will be working on two projects designs and they will carry out practical work.
A collection of books and DVDs on permaculture and other related topics will be available for consultation on site.
Being a part-time course, our PDC offers a unique opportunity to pace your learning as well as to get your hands dirty. We packed the course with wheelbarrows full of diverse practical knowledge:
- no dig gardening
- double digging – bio intensive gardening
- planting potatoes
- making sauerkraut, vinegar, yogurt, jam
- making soap from used oils
- seeds saving
- propagating plants
- making composts
- managing a worm farm
- using an A-frame
- planting a tree
- using a scythe
- animal husbandry (chicken, rabbit, cows, goats)