72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course
The HMS is holding a full 72-hour Permaculture Design Course in Clearwater, July 8-22, 2012 as a part of the Harvest Moon Society Prairie Culture education program.
Instruction, accommodation (camping space), meals (for instruction days), farm tours and readings will be included in the $1250 fee.
A PDC covers how to design, establish and sustain living systems in every ecological context, in this case with a focus on our prairie context. It includes the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation, and explores alternative economic structures and legal strategies supporting permaculture solutions.
- theory and principles of permaculture
- earth works
- energy efficient house design
- cold climate energy conservation
- recycling and waste management
- water harvesting and management
- organic food production
- ecological pest control
- dry land strategies
- livestock and animal husbandry
- food security planning
- alternative social strategies
- additional evening workshops highlighting local knowledge and traditional land use practices
Who is a PDC for?
“As the basis of permaculture is beneficial design, it can be added to all other ethical training and skills, and has the potential of taking place in all human endeavours.” —Bill Mollison 1988
Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of background, education, profession, or experience. Permaculture consists of principles and strategies that form a design framework which can be applied across the gamut of human endeavors. Permaculture teaches us how to design, but it also teaches us how to think about designing, so that our systems are regenerative as a function of management. There is no prerequisite.
Jesse Lemieux of Pacific Permaculture, a highly renowned and much sought-after educator. We were very excited to have Jesse teach the 2011 Harvest Moon PDC! Jesse is a student of Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison, both prominent figures in permaculture. Jesse has taught innumerable PDCs throughout Canada, Australia and the Middle East. He was fresh from managing the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia over the winter of 2010/2011. Jesse also has extensive experience in consulting, earthworks and has participated in aid projects in Africa and Jordan.
Further teaching support will be provided by local guest instructors who contributed regionally-adapted expertise and working local examples of permaculture applications.