Join us for a 10-day intensive of permaculture design and practice! This course is intended to give you a foundation in the concepts of permaculture and will include guiding you in your own design project and set you on your way to a permaculture apprenticeship. The dates of the course are August 6-15, 2010.
- Learn permaculture design tools & skills
- Acquire practical skills to integrate into your life
- Inspire a movement towards an ecological paradigm and stewardship for the land
TOPICS TO BE COVERED
Observation & Ecological Design
Edible Forest Gardens
Site Analysis & Assessment
Design Process Models
Compost & Soils
Darrell E. Frey of Three Sisters Permaculture Design, is a sustainable design consultant with a focus on sustainable community development. He is also co-owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm, a certified organic market garden farm with a large bioshelter (ecologically managed solar greenhouse). Mr. Frey’s background includes 22 years of commercial market gardening, 25 years teaching of sustainable design and consultation on sustainable systems application. Work experience and research includes ecological landscaping, organic farm design and management, sustainable energy systems, community food systems with an emphasis on diet and health, natural and green building, environmental education, GIS mapping and business planning.
Other work experience includes 18 years as an MR direct care worker, teaching gardening and landscaping to at-risk youth, managing farm interns and lecturing to groups of all ages. Mr. Frey has completed a BA in Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College April 3, 2006.
Joel Cahalan is a certified permaculture teacher and aspiring biointensive gardener whose mentors include Dave Jacke and John Jeavons . He manages the production aspects of Wild Meadows Farm and in a former life co-founded and helped manage a successful worker cooperative (thehubbikecoop.org). He dreams of a future in which all species are respected and valued and humans live in harmony with their home planet. Other interests include all things related to bicycles, anarchism and nature.
Kim Walsh volunteered at the East Whittier community gardens in Minneapolis, Minnesota for four years and received her permaculture design course certificate in 2008. She co-founded the Wild Meadows Farm business in 2009 with Joel and the farm is certified by Pennsylvania Certified Organic . She serves as the Executive Director of Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Greenbelt, Maryland and assists with the numerous volunteer driven projects that integrate the arts, education, and research in their environmental stewardship within the Chesapeake Watershed. Kim is also working on her Masters’ Degree with Gaia University with a pathway in Integrated Ecological and Social Design for Sustainable Agriculture.
The cost for the course is a sliding scale fee of $1200-$1400, which includes lodging in an 1850’s rustic farmhouse, vegan/vegetarian cuisine, and instruction. Work trade is available and negotiable. Discounted fees are available for Bedford, Fulton, and Blair County residents of PA and Garrett County residents of MD.
RECOMMENDED READINGS BEFORE THE COURSE
Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability-David Holmgren
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture-Toby Hemenway
OTHER READING RESOURCES
PERMACULTURE: A Designer’s Manual-Bill Mollison
EDIBLE FOREST GARDENS: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture-Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier
Wild Meadows Farm ¦ 456 Smith Road ¦ Schellsburg, PA 15559
Plan to arrive by 5:00 PM on Thursday evening to share a meal with the other participants and to get acquainted with the instructors. We will be starting at 8:00 AM on Friday morning and ending the workshop on Sunday by 4:00 PM. For further questions, contact Kim Walsh at info(at)wildmeadowsfarm.com or call at 814-839-4962.