Permaculture course participants gardening in an organic garden.

Dirt Time

After six months of creating bonds with new people, transforming the way they think about ecosystems, communities, gardens, and relationships, and gathering hands-on experiences that broaden their skills and deepen their knowledge, our permaculture design students are eager to evaluate their new strengths and chart their next course. During our last weekend together we have …

Dirt Time Read More »

Decolonizing Permaculture

Thank you so much to the contributors of the Liberation Permaculture post “Decolonizing Permaculture” for creating and sharing such vital critiques, resources, and perspectives. We are listening, learning, and committed to decolonizing permaculture even more deeply in our programs.

Podcast: Decolonization & Sudden Oak Life

Current PDC student Danielle created two podcast episodes from audio recordings at our Broadscale Permaculture weekend in February 2021. The podcasts feature talks by Kanyon Sayers-Roods on Decolonization, and Dr. Lee Klinger on Sudden Oak Life.

Zone and Sector Analysis

One of the design methods used in permaculture that takes place early on in a site design is Zone and Sector Analysis. Through observation and gathering information about the site, its nearby surroundings, and the people who utilize or will utilize the site, we identify zones of use and sectors of energy that influence or affect the site. In this article we explore these two analyses.

Rainwater Harvesting: Brush Check Dams and Gabions

In these articles, we’ve covered various ways to slow, sink, spread, and store rainwater. Gabions are another way to do this on landscapes that have eroded gullies or existing seasonal drainages. Creating brush gabions also puts to good use onsite fuel load you’ve reduced from your forest–all the branches, bushes, and small trees that are cleared to create defensible space and reduce fire fuel load in forested areas.