Author Archives: Melissa Ott Fant

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. We […]

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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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Permaculture Takes Root in Santa Cruz [SantaCruz.com]

Permaculture, derived from the words “permanent agriculture,” is a set of ethics, principles and techniques that guide designers to self-sustaining, regenerative systems. When originally conceived in the 1970s, it was applied largely to gardening and farming, but since then has expanded into solar energy, water and more.

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