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

Permaculture Food Forests

Planning, Growing and Enjoying Year Round Abundance

An Applied Permaculture Practicum in Santa Cruz & Surrounding Region

Starts August 2019

  • 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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Introduction to Garden-Based Herbalism

With Darren Huckle & Paula Grainger

September – November 2019

Herbal medicines abound in our bioregion. Herbs disguised as ornamentals and “weeds” await your discovery. By studying the foundations of garden-based herbalism, we will learn how to safely prepare and use garden herbs for teas, poultices, salves, tinctures, and more.

In this course, you will smell, feel and taste your way to understanding the uses for dozens of plants from our unique bio-region. This class is not only educational, but also very engaging, entertaining and fun!

For thousands of years, people have been harvesting herbal medicines from their home gardens for basic family needs. Become part of this evolving tradition using the garden and wild lands as a classroom. This is a dynamic and hands-on introduction to the art and practical application of garden herbalism.

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