In this course, you will learn: regenerative design studies, full loop waste systems, food forest design and implementation, community scale fruit and vegetable production, plant propagation, greenhouse operations, home/community scale composting, fractal patterning application, water harvesting, pasture management, rotational grazing strategies and implementation, home scale permaculture, food preservation and storage, social permaculture and much more. This course will be teaching the permaculture curriculum originally established by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Click here to see a manual developed by the Permaculture Institute based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that we will be using in this course. To see last year’s course syllabus, click here: 2012 PDC Agenda
Patrick Padden, a graduate of Colorado State University, studied natural systems building design in Namibia and urban food forest implementation in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007. Patrick received his design certificate from the International Permaculture Design Course in Harare, Zimbabwe, and attended the International Permaculture Convergence in Malawi in 2009. After five seasons of producing naturally grown food for 80+ people at Sunrise Ranch, Patrick is now co-manager of the garden and a practicing permaculturalist and permaculture educator.
Joel has broad experience in environmental design and ecological restoration projects, particularly in the arid regions of the southwest US and Latin America. He has also worked extensively in the field of regenerative agriculture, including recent agricultural restoration projects in Maryland, Hubbell Trading Post and at the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvania. He has worked as a consultant to the City of Santa Fe on watershed restoration, where he has helped to design and implement programs for restoration as well as public education and engagement. Current work includes collaboration with internationally known environmental artists Helen and Newton Harrison on restoring the Santa Fe River watershed and with pueblo basket weavers on the Pojoaque River.
Joel Glanzberg has practiced, studied and taught permaculture for over twenty years on three continents. He has worked on scales from large community development, farms and ranches to small urban and homestead sites. Engagement and integration of all communities and the large contexts in which the site is nested is a primary focus of this work. See www.regenesisgroup.com for more information on his work or click here to see his personal website: www.patternmind.org.
Jason Gerhardt has been applying permaculture design in diverse bioregions from the deserts of Arizona to the fresh water lakes of New York since 2005. As an emerging voice of permaculture in the US, he is known for detailed knowledge of plant ecologies, rainwater harvesting, seed biodiversity preservation, urban food production, and integrated ecological design. Jason has used permaculture in the development of a bioregional seed endeavor, developing ecological food production systems, and working with community organizations to apply permaculture principles on a range of scales. Jason currently teaches a permaculture program for Naropa University and instructs in numerous workshops and courses annually. He has taught for many well-respected organizations including Prescott College, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Transition Colorado. Jason practices ecological design professionally as Real Earth Design.
Katie Miller, holds a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Colorado College and has work experience at Venetucci Farm/Pinello Ranch, Black Forest Bison, and the Bar JCC Ranch. Katie started her own farm at age 24 and is currently Holistic Management International’s youngest certified educator. She is the Director for Chico Basin Ranch, an 87,000 acre working cattle ranch. At Sunrise Ranch Katie is the Pasture and Livestock Operations Manager, as well as the Director for the Sunrise Ranch School for Integrated Holistic Agriculture (IHA).
Dates and Times
Monday, April 1st -Saturday, April 13, 2013
Classes run daily from 8:45am- 5:30pm except on days with evening sessions when we end at 9:00pm. Lunch is served from 12:15 -1pm. (There will be some night sessions from 7:30-9pm, in which case dinner will be provided from 6:15-7pm. TBA)
There will be a combination of class time, field work and design work.
Tuition and Registration
Early bird tuition is $950 if registered before Feb 28 2013. After that tuition is $1050. Tuition includes lunch daily during the course, official design course T-shirt, and an internationally recognized certificate of completion. Accommodation fees are: $350 for camping (including all meals) and $500 for a bed in a dorm room and all meals. Register online or call 970-679-4200 or 877-786-0078
For more information contact Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-679-4318.
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Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado
About Sunrise Ranch:
Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, Colorado. Since 1945, Sunrise has lovingly stewarded the land and water as a ranch, farm, and intentional community. Nestled in a valley between red sandstone and pine-covered granite hills, Sunrise Ranch has diverse ecologies, mature food forests, and an enduring integrative eco-social design. As an intentional, spiritually minded community of 70+ people, Sunrise values practical solutions for addressing issues of food and water security unique to this climate. In addition to the annual production garden, Sunrise has many established perennials as well as rotationally grazed grass fed beef, pastured chickens, goats, horses, and pigs.