Pura Vida Permaculture: Permaculture Design Course
~ What you will learn about...
What is Permaculture?
History of Permaculture
Problems in our Society
Goals of Permaculture
Ethics and Principals
Patterns in Nature
Activity: Pattern Identification
Harvest Session~ Wildcrafting, Gleaning
Broadscale site design
The design process~Choose Design Teams & Design
Client needs/ Client Interview
Site Assessment Zones & Sectors
Elements and their functions
Stacking Functions/Stacking in time and space.
Windbreaks/ Micro climates
Berms and swales
Net and pan
Finding contour with an A frame, bunyip level, transit level.
Biointensive gardening: double digging
Permaculture production techniques
Guerrilla Gardening~ soil Balls
Plant functions; nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, food, medicinal, shade, biomass,
Layers, Time and Space
Creating guilds/designing polycultures
Activity: Design a polyculture guild
Forest Garden Design/Orchard on steroids.
Succession, Function Stacking, Time and Space; layers
Perennial plant species profiles
Plant ID basics and families
Seed propagation, roots,
Plant propagation, Cuttings, grafting, air layering
Activity; cuttings, Rooting, Grafting,
Soil food web
Soil remediation with microbes
Human Manure~ Humanure Handbook
Average use~get water bill
Spring Regeneration Oasis, Quail Springs, Mollison/Tagari Farms~Videos
Filtration~ Lawtons Filter system
How to use greywater
Legal issues; local governments
Introduce Design Project
Reducing energy needs
Setting up a solar system
House/Building System Design
Animals/Livestock/Insects in Design
Fowl- Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkey
Others; Dogs, Horses etc.
Rocket stove, Rocket Mass Heaters; Earth Tipi
Introducing microorganisms EM’s, worm tea, compost tea, mycorrhizae
Environmental Remediation; Microbes, Bacteria, Fungi ~ Costa Rica
Rough Draft of Design, Report
Maps, diagrams, plant lists, energy and water systems
Permaculture in Urban and Rural Areas
Techniques for small spaces
Local Exchange Trading Systems~ Lets
Permaculture Credit Union ~ New Mexico
Community Time Bank
Design for resilience
Barter, Free Markets & Gift Economies
Final Design Presentation
Re-visit Community Resources
Things to bring:
• Potluck items
• Serving ware; spoon, fork, knife, cup/s plates, bowl.
• Property surveys; google earth printed out on large poster etc.
• Mud boots
• Tools; Shovels, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, pots,
• Plants & Seeds to share
• Items to Barter and/or unwanted still useful items to give for free Market Day.
• Bug spray
• Drinking water
• Business Cards
• List of Books you are willing to share; please clearly mark your name on them
• Note taking tools; computer, paper, pens whatever your preference...