Category Archives: Blog

Introduction to Permaculture with David Shaw

Permaculture, an Introduction & Overview [Video]

What is Permaculture? David Shaw explored the answers to this question during a talk hosted by Sustainable Solano in August 2017, in Fairfield, CA. David is Santa Cruz Permaculture’s Director & Lead Designer. The video and slides from his talk are available below, as well as on our Youtube Channel. To receive updates when we […]

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Dandelion drawing shaped as a spiral with the words: gratitude, seeing with new eyes, honoring our pain, seeing with new eyes, going forth

Practices for Hope & Connection in the New Year

Among the many resolutions and commitments being made this week, here is one of many visions that is possible for this coming year: In 2018, more people will become conscious and awakened to the realities of the pain in our world. Rather than turning away to the many distractions of our time, they will find […]

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Hand-drawn permaculture design of a garden.

Design Presentations & Party! PDC Reflections [Part 8/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Final Weekend: March 11, 2017 On March 11, the three design project teams presented their designs to David, Lydia, and another course guide, Ken Foster […]

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People sitting at a table in a park while a person presents about the community orchard project.

Regenerative Community Development & Financial Permaculture: PDC Reflections [Part 7/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Six: March 4-5, 2017 During our last weekend of instruction, we spent the morning at the Resource Center for Nonviolence learning about regenerative community […]

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Four images in a square: Jim Nelson standing at the gate to Camp Joy Garden; a goat in its pen; David Shaw and participant Colby waving from Camp Joy Gardens; beeswax from Camp Joy Garden bees

Broad Scale Permaculture, Integrated Animal Husbandry & Forest Management: PDC Reflections [Part 6/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Five: February 4-5, 2017 In February, we visited the Mountain Feed and Farm Supply pilot aquaponics greenhouse in Ben Lomond and explored Camp Joy […]

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Nine images from the Chadwick Garden at UCSC, including cats, roses, flowers, and a quote by Alan Chadwick

Home-Scale Permaculture, Creating Natural Homes & Edible Landscapes: PDC Reflections [Part 5/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Four: January 14-15, 2017 Unfortunately, I had to miss this weekend for a work retreat, but I know that the group visited the UCSC […]

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Mandala made with leaves, flowers, branches

Social Permaculture: PDC Reflections [Part 4/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend Three: December 3-4, 2016 The third weekend of the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course took place shortly after the presidential election, which provided a […]

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Seven people standing and digging a swale in an orchard

Restoring Watersheds & Soils: PDC Reflections [Part 3/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017.017. Weekend Two: November 5-6, 2016 The second weekend of the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design course, we explored watersheds, water catchment, understanding climate and microclimates, and […]

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The NEST property with redwood trees, the garden fence, and the tent.

Intro to Permaculture Design & Nature Awareness: PDC Reflections [Part 2/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. Weekend One: October 8-9, 2016 The first weekend of the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course, we learned about the ethics and principles of permaculture, including […]

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Permaculture Flower with each petal representing a different topic within permaculture.

What is a PDC?: Permaculture Design Course Reflections [Part 1/8]

This series of eight blog posts by Melissa Ott about the Santa Cruz Permaculture fall-winter 2017 Permaculture Design Course was originally posted on the Green Gal blog in April 2017. I recently completed a six-month Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course through Santa Cruz Permaculture, which is directed and taught by my good friend, co-mentor, and […]

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