Green 101: Upcoming Permaculture/Sustainability Classes pt 5

I’ve definitely gotten behind on sharing these classes, but decided to take some time to finally sift through all my Permie mailing lists to share the opportunities that haven’t already happened (and if its too late for some, at least you know for next year)! And to see what I’ve already posted for this year, click here.

And besides the classes/events listed below, check out Ithaca Freeskool, the Sustainable Living Project, Yestermorrow Design Build School and the Hog Island Audoban Camp (in Maine!) for continuous opportunities to learn this summer.

Permaculture Design Certification Course in Ellenville, NY beginning June 1st
Registration is Now Open for Center for Bioregional Living’s  Permaculture Design Certification
Beginning This June in Ellenville, NY.

• This PDC course will be held on Andrew Faust and Adriana Magaña’s 14 acre property in Ellenville, NY 2 hours from NYC.
• We will cover the full 72+ hours of in class lectures and activities PLUS plenty of hands-on learning here on our permaculture farm and education center.
• Our teaching team is made up of some of the most experienced and talented working Permaculture designers in the Northeast.
• Our site offers students the opportunity for in-depth learning from the many systems already in place such as rainwater catch, properly sited off-grid natural buildings, beyond organic market garden, composting toilet, suburban home examples, rotationally grazing chickens, coppice woodlot, contour planted berry farm and so much more.
• There will be field trips to some neighboring farms and gardens.
• Camp in our meadow and enjoy all of our off-grid amenities including our gravity fed wood fired hot outdoor shower.
• Bring your own food or feast on what Adriana makes. All meals will be beyond organic and grown on site or sourced locally. Three meals daily of vegetables in season, soaked and sprouted grains and beans, handmade breads, pastured meats and raw dairy, fermented foods like saurkraut, kombucha and beet kvass, fruit, wild edibles and herbs and so much more!

Curriculum & Training
Our curriculum is focused on training you to become a consultant and designer with the ability to integrate the fields of ecological design, regional planning, biodynamic and organic gardening and sustainable economic development. You will learn how to apply Permaculture principles to a diversity of settings and issues with an emphasis on urban and temperate bioregions. You will graduate with a competency in full site design and master planning and a deep understanding of the principals of permaculture design. You will be poised to creatively, imaginatively and comprehensively assess and consult for properties, business models and social structures.

After four solid years of teaching our PDC in NYC we are thrilled to be able to host our first ever full PDC on our 14 acre property. Won’t you join us? We look forward to sharing this land with all of you!

Permaculture Design Certification
in Ellenville, NY w/ Andrew Faust and Guests

Four 3-day weekends Friday, Saturday & Sunday
June 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24
10am – 5pm

2 Hours North of NYC
Accessible by Bus from Port Authority

Tuition $1000
w/Meals $1200
Bring a friend and save $100 each on tuition!
If you don’t want to camp outside we recommend staying at Emerald Forest Bungalows.

To register or for more information

Farm-Scale Permaculture Design: June Advanced PC Design Course

Dave Jacke of Dynamics Ecological Design and
Jono Neiger of Regenerative Design Group present:

Laying Groundwork: A 9-Day Advanced Permaculture Design Course

At Brook’s Bend Farm, A Permaculture Research and Education Center
Friday evening, June 8 through Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lay the groundwork for your deepening practice of permaculture design and for the establishment of a permaculture training and demonstration center at Brook’s Bend Farm.  This Advanced Permaculture Design Course (APDC) offers you direct experience designing permaculture systems that will build your design skills, your confidence and your portfolio, and spur you to deepen your self-study of the field.  At the same time, you will help plan the transformation of Brook’s Bend Farm into a thriving multi-dimensional permaculture and nature awareness training and demonstration facility.

Course Format:
Course staff and participants will together form a large-scale paraprofessional design team “hired” by Brook’s Bend Farm (Montague, MA) to resolve key design challenges and create a Schematic Master Plan.  This plan involves integrating farming, livestock, forest garden, coppice, and building systems for the farm’s 90 acres of woods, streams, pastures, and farm buildings.  We’ll dive into previous site assessment and design work by students of the Conway School of Landscape Design (CSLD).  Each participant will then focus on one of several key “design streams” relating to the whole design, such as: water supply and waste water treatment systems; food production, processing, storage, and distribution systems; forest use and management; livestock grazing and foraging, and buildings and energy systems.  Each “stream” will take on design problems in a mentored group-learning environment.  As a collective, we will synthesize these streams into a unified Master Plan and present to a larger public audience by course end.

In this APDC, you will learn through design exercises, participatory classes, observation sessions, and self-study.  Pre-course homework will be required.  The course itself will be a fun, full-on design charrette with classes mixed in.  At course end, you and your team will synthesize everything you have learned into design schemes and details to present to the clients and the public.  The design process will be your main teacher; it will tell you what you need to learn.  We’ll be there to support and guide you along the way.

Primary instructors Dave Jacke and Jono Neiger co-developed and co-taught “design-centered” permaculture courses together over many years.  Dave is primary author of the award-winning book Edible Forest Gardens, and teaches design, permaculture, and forest gardening across the USA and Canada.  He has run his own design firm, Dynamics Ecological Design, since 1984, and is now working on his second book, Coppice Agroforestry, with Mark Krawczyk ( Jono cofounded the Regenerative Design Group, a Greenfield, MA design firm (, is on the faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design in Conway, MA (, and is on the board of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast.  Dave and Jono both graduated from CSLD, Dave in 1984, and Jono in 2003.  Apprentice teachers, as well as a coterie of guest instructors and design reviewers, will also join the course’s faculty.

Course Cost:
Tuition and food:
 sliding scale $1,150-1,550, with an early registration discount of $50 before April 1, 2012.  Scholarships will be available; inquire for more information.  Tuition payments above the bottom of the sliding scale will be used for scholarships, so please be generous if you can.

Meals:  All meals will be provided as part of the tuition.

Accommodations: Camping and limited indoor accommodations available on-site for an additional fee.

Prerequisites and Registration:
• All course participants must have completed a certified Permaculture Design Course, and must furnish a copy of their course certificate with their deposit to hold their place in the APDC.

• A $400 deposit is required to hold your place in the APDC.  The full balance is due by May 15, 2012.  Make checks out to Dynamics Ecological Design and mail to the address below.  Credit card/Paypal payments will incur a fee from Evenbrite, and may be made at

For more information:
Contact Kemper Carlsen
163 Rattlesnake Gutter Road   Leverett, MA 01054

North Country Clean Energy Conference  2012

A forum for educators, practitioners, community leaders, industry professionals and others to share information about clean energy opportunities in the North Country

Conference objectives:

  • Share techniques, technology and project learnings as related to clean energy projects in the North Country
  • Assist participants in identifying potential projects, and lead organizations, who would consider submitting projects in the next round of proposals that will be considered by NY State development process
  • Share technical, staffing and regulatory issues as related to clean energy projects
  • Share funding sources and opportunities for clean energy projects

Taking place at the stunning new Conference Center in Lake Placid (NY), the conference will begin Thursday, June 21 at 4 p.m. with a networking reception, a student poster session and other activities, followed by our featured speakers and a plated dinner.
Friday’s session is a full day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring workshops in five areas: solar, wind, hydro, biomass and conservation. We will also have the chance to give input to the NYSERDA-funded Cleaner Greener Communities Sustainability Plan for the North Country.

International Permaculture Your Campus Conference
at the UMass Amherst campus June 20-22, 2012
The UMass Permaculture Initiative has announced the *Permaculture Your Campus
Conference*. This international conference is the first of its kind,
connecting permaculture experts with groups who are brand new to planning
sustainable, edible landscapes in a campus setting.

Attendees to this conference receive expert guidance, as well as the tools,
the time, and the space to develop a detailed plan for implementing their own
permaculture landscapes, suited to each institution’s personalized needs.
Those attending also have the opportunity to network with other
groups, leading to valuable, lasting partnerships with peer institutions just
starting permaculture projects.
*For more information and registration information, see:**

The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute presents:

July 27 through August 12, 2012
in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York

Learn the permaculture design process during 15 engaging days in an off-grid
learning community. Since 2005, we have been training people of all
backgrounds, ages, experience and skill levels to design using natural
patterns based on ecological principles. Students bring a mix of skills and
experience that our teachers draw out to enrich the course for all
participants. Our graduates leave ready to design and create with a new
network of colleagues and friends to inspire and assist.

Steve Gabriel, Karryn Olson Ramanujan, Rafter Sass Ferguson, and Michael Burns
each offer years of practical knowledge gained through work on nationally
renowned projects, consulting with clients, and in their own communities.
Collectively they have taught thousands of hours of permaculture design

Our teachers design, coordinate and innovate their teaching every year to
deliver the traditional permaculture curriculum and include new ideas and
strategies developed by practitioners in northeastern North America. Design
skills are taught through hands-on and experiential activities developed over
seven years of the Institute’s courses.

$1200 tuition includes prepared meals and camping.
Register and pay in full by May 1 and save $200.
Work trade options for reducing tuition available. See our website for details.
Class size is limited. Learn more about the course and register at:

Work Trade for Permaculture Design Certificate Course w/ FLPCI

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute Offers Work Trade for Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Join a small group of hard-working and fun-loving permaculture students to
prepare the site of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course. If you
can work well with a devoted crew in a small rural, off-grid community and can
sustain a full day of thoughtful, purposeful, and hard manual labor, this may
be a fun and affordable way to reduce the costs of earning a high-quality
Permaculture Design Certificate.

Beginning July 16, just after the Northeast Regional Permaculture Convergence,
we’ll devote eight days to setting up the permaculture camp’s bathrooms,
shower, campsites, kitchen, waste systems and classroom facilities. The
weekend of the 21st is free to explore Ithaca, the Finger Lakes and the
Grassroots Festival of Music. On July 27th join our learning community to dive
into your permaculture training until August 12th. Work-traders will stay
until August 15th to help deconstruct and pack-up the permaculture camp.

Your PDC tuition is reduced to $600 for your contribution.
We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis after April 22nd, 2012.
Work-Trade Days: July 16–20, 23-27, and August 13-15.
PDC Days: July 27-August 12
Location: Cayuta Sun (15 miles southwest of Ithaca, NY)

Please visit our website for the application:

Design for Watersheds, Ecosystems, and Infrastructure

Yestermorrow is offering an important class this summer (July 8–13) for those working to recreate Vermont’s water infrastructure following the destruction caused by last May and August’s floods. Design for Watersheds, Ecosystems, and Infrastructure is a 5-day course that will explore how we develop our water infrastructure as a functioning part of the greater watershed—as a contributor to hydrological and ecosystem health. To support efforts to build resiliency in Vermont, Yestermorrow is offering a 20% tuition discount to all municipal and state employees and to anyone volunteering on recovery projects.

Taught by Pete Muñoz and Joel Glanzberg, experts in environmental design and engineering who have worked on water restoration projects across the country, the class will take participants through a journey of understanding how watersheds work, and how to work with them to provide for human needs. Utilizing the Mad River watershed as a case study, participants will explore the benefits of, and approaches to, human-made and adapted “green infrastructure,” including bioswales, constructed wetlands, and water gardens, as opposed to typical pump and pipe systems. The class will also look at floodplains and discuss where and how development is (and is not) appropriate. An additional weekend workshop in Redesigning Wastewater is offered immediately preceding this course.

Northeast Permaculture Convergence needs Volunteers

Help is needed with the Convergence this summer, taking place July 13-15th at the Soule Homestead in Middleborough MA.

Volunteers have the opportunity for work-trade in exchange for registration costs, please read more about signing up below:

Looking for up to five housemates who are interested in gardening,
permaculture, good communication, and community

Looking for up to five housemates who are interested in gardening,
permaculture, good communication, and community, starting August 2012 for
one year leases, preference to those who want to stay longer and/or have a
desire to help improve or expand the garden. Ecofeatures include: veggie
garden, fruit trees, rainwater harvesting, composting, recycling, efficient
appliances, energy and water conservation, bike-friendly, car-share, share
vegan/vegetarian meals as schedules allow,..all downtown in quiet
neighborhood and near Ithaca Falls, Cascadilla Falls, and Cayuga Lake…!
Share with professional who has worked many years in the sustainability
movement. Utilities/wifi/garbage/washer/

dryer included. Smaller room
available for shorter stays and reduced rent; permaculture internship?
Owner’s art studio (shown) is located 20 ft behind house. Walk 20 min. to
lower central campus or 10 min. to catch bus at the Commons to go to
Cornell or Ithaca College. Fall Creek is a desirable musical/artsy
neighborhood to live in with Gimme Coffee 5 minutes walk and a whole foods
store a few minutes beyond that, 10 minutes to the Commons. We have
Farmer’s Markets downtown on Wednesdays and at the waterfront on weekends,
both within a 5 minute walk. Ithaca has a biodeisel coop, Ithaca CarShare
parked down the street, and West Haven Farm CSA drop off nearby. Rooms can
be furnished or not. The house has a fully stocked kitchen. In order to
conserve space in the kitchen, we share staples like milk, eggs, oil,
condiments, unscented laundry detergent, dish soap,…. The kitchen has
private shelves/bins and common/shared spaces. Shared space includes living
room, kitchen, bathrooms.

*nonsmoking and drug-free
*no perfumes, colognes, or strong synthetic fragrances found in shampoo and
*no cooking meat (cow, pork, fish) in house
*compost/recycle/conserve water and energy
*keep common spaces clean and clutter-free
*take turns cleaning the bathroom and kitchen weekly
*quiet hours after 11pm (or otherwise agreed)
*ok with possibly one cat in the house (sorry, no other cats or dogs
*no parties or house guests unless entire house agrees

If you are OK with these guidelines, please write and say a bit about
yourself and give the housing dates you need. Thank you for your interest!
More photos here; please tell me if the link does not work:

*Katherine (Kata) Young*

Edible Ecosystems Emerging:
Two 9-Day
Forest Garden Design Intensives

September 14-23, near Portland, OR
October 5-14, Summertown, TN

with Dave Jacke and Friends

Forest ecosystems exhibit many beneficial properties we humans would be wise to emulate in our culture, agriculture and horticulture:

  • they maintain, renew, fertilize and propagate themselves without human inputs;
  • they build, store, and conserve clean air, clean water, nutrients, soil quality, and biodiversity; and they exhibit stability, resilience, and adaptability.

These qualities emerge from the dynamics of the forest as a whole system, not from any one or more of the elements that comprise the forest alone.  To design productive edible ecosystems that express these same qualities, we must understand forest structures, functions, patterns, and processes and use this knowledge wisely.

In these two nine-day intensive courses, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models.  Dave Jacke and his locally- and regionally-based teaching teams will offer lectures, site walks, and experiential exercises to help you understand how the architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional processes of natural forests apply to the design of edible ecosystems of all kinds.  You’ll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range of food-producing ecologies at our host farms.  We’ll also engage with issues of garden management, economics, and the deep paradigmatic shifts required to succeed at cocreating “humanatural” landscapes and cultures.  You will leave inspired and empowered to design food forests at home for yourself, and your friends, neighbors and clients

Oregon Course: September 14-23

This course will take place on a 50-acre biodynamic and organic farm near Portland developing as a permaculture small farm incubator.  We’ll design a range of multifunctional food forests at different scales for this property that assist the farm’s movement toward its long-term multi-farm, multi-yield goals: farm land conservation, an economically viable farming community, and education.  Integrating complex social and economic factors into food forest design will likely take significant thought in this course!

Additional Staff:
Juliette Jones designs, installs and manages urban and community forest gardens through Pittsurgh Permaculture, including the Hazelwood Food Forest, the city’s first.  Juliette also teaches at Phipps Conservatory, and through Chatham University’s graduate Food Studies Program.  Apprentice Teachers Jonathan Chen, Ravenel Bisbee and Kelly Marquis have all studied with Dave in the past in either a Forest Garden Design Intensive, a Permaculture Teacher Training, or both.  Each has direct experience with permaculture, forest gardening, and education in diverse settings.

Costs: Sliding scale:$1,200 to $1,500

  • Tuition includes all course materials, all meals, homestays or tent space, & complete (rustic) facilities.
  • Local commuters very welcome, but will be expected to share all meals if possible.
  • All payments above $1,200 go directly to our scholarship fund!
  • Scholarship candidates please email Jenny Pell for an application.

Donations to our scholarship fund are greatly appreciated and can be made by clicking on the “Donate” button at our Registration page:

Questions:  Please contact Jenny Pell:, (206) 949-0496.

Tennessee Course: October 5-14

Spiral Ridge Permaculture Gardens lies on  6.7 acres of sloping, previously clearcut and eroded ridgeline east of The Farm in Summertown, TN.  Cliff Davis, Jen Albanese and their three children have begun to repair their land with permaculture techniques while developing the land’s productive potential.  With earthworks and early-successional buildings in place, enriching and diversifying the landscape with multi-purpose crops takes priority.  We’ll design medium and small-scale forest gardens and agroforestry systems for human and livestock food with an eye towards long-term successions.  We’ll also track designs from last year’s course that have been implemented.

Additional Staff:
Cliff Davis has extensively practiced and studied permaculture, natural building, tree care, and land stewardship in tropical, subtropical, dryland, and temperate climates.  After helping others start and manage their own farms and homesteads for a long time, he and Jen have homesteaded at Spiral Ridge for two years while consulting and designing for other folks.  Apprentice teachers Jessie Smith and Wade Austin both took last year’s FGDI at Spiral Ridge with Dave.

Costs: Sliding scale: $1,200 to $1,600

  • Tuition includes all course materials, all meals, homestays or tent space, & complete (rustic) facilities.
  • All payments above $1,200 go directly to our scholarship fund!
  • Scholarship candidates please email Spiral Ridge for an application.
  • Scholarship candidates please email for an application (see below).

Donations to our scholarship fund are greatly appreciated.  Contact Cliff Davis for more information.


Questions:  Please contact:, (931) 231-4099


Photo from Oregon Daily Emerald


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