Courses

Permaculture Design Course

Two Courses Each Year:

April to September & October to March

Includes 110 hours of hands on activities, field trips and presentations

Enroll in the 6 month course, or choose specific weekends

  • Permaculture Design & Nature Awareness

  • Social Permaculture

  • Restoring Watersheds & Soils

  • Home Scale Permaculture: Creating Natural Homes and Edible Landscapes

  • Broad Scale Permaculture: Integrated Animal Husbandry and Forest Management

  • Community Development, Ecovillages, and Design for Mitigating Disaster

Echinacea

Herbs for Stress, Stamina, Sleep & Relaxation

April – May 2020

Join two seasoned herbalists to discover tools and techniques to help you thrive in a busy world.

  • Discover herbal allies to help you find balance and health in our challenging modern world

  • Learn how to make, source, and use many herbal medicines

  • Explore herb categories including Adaptogens, Calmatives/Sedatives, Aromatics, Qi Tonics, and Harmonizers that can be grown in our gardens or sourced locally

  • Discuss the crucial role diet and nutrition play in promoting our vitality, immunity, and resilience to stress

In addition to the course, on March 28 join the course instructors for an Herb Walk focused on wild plant medicine & foraging!

Permaculture Food Forests

Planning, Growing and Enjoying Year Round Abundance

An Applied Permaculture Practicum in Santa Cruz & Surrounding Region

Ongoing & Next Course Begins August 2020

  • Design and plant productive, resilient, and site/climate appropriate orchards.

  • Engage in seasonal care of fruit trees and perennial vegetables, including summer and winter pruning, fertility management, and irrigation.

  • Propagate fruit trees via grafting and budding.

  • Identify dozens of unique varieties of new and heirloom fruits and vegetables, and assess which ones perform well in your climate.

  • Preserve the harvest through a wide variety of canning, drying, pickling, and fermentation techniques.

  • Create a customized vegetable crop plan for your home or farm so that you meet your production goals, whether they are to realistically produce your own food or have an economically viable farm.

  • Identify organizations and events in your area so that you may plug into active learning communities, exchange free plants, and participate in annual fruit tastings.

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