Produce Society


NE 66th Ave


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Saturday, April 12, 2014 at midnight through Sunday, April 13, 2014 at midnight
midnight through Sunday, April 13 at midnight
Produce Society
SPRING PERMACULTURE CERTIFICATION COURSE: Creative Ecological Design Instructors: Jordan Fink and Guests 9 weeks between April 12, 2014 and June 29, 2014 Wednesdays 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Early registration price $800 before March 1, 2014, regular price $1,100. Are you looking for ways to adapt your homes, yards, communities, cities, and businesses to a world of ecological crises, uncertain economies, and unknown futures? Permaculture is a way of designing your immediate surroundings to mimic natural closed-loop ecologies in order to create sustainable human systems. This kind of design relies on old traditions, new ideas, and scientific review of how they are working. The task of the permaculturalist is to link various elements of a system together to form symbiotic relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships. These elements include things like: building construction, soil health, vegetable production, chickens, people, water, and sunlight. CREATIVE ECOLOGICAL DESIGN is a weekend and Wednesday-night class over 9 weeks from April to June. It offers a full 72-Hour Permaculture Design Course following the curriculum laid out by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison. This INTENSIVE DESIGN PRACTICUM is for creative and engaged people who want to make a better world. Students will be lead step-by-step through a design process so they can walk away able to observe, plan, and implement the necessary steps to ensure that projects are well-designed and able to contribute to the well-being of people, ecosystems, and societies. Class will alternate between applied permaculture and theory. As Produce Society expands, students will get a chance to be part of the building process and practice new skills on the farm. Additionally, lectures and seminar will utilize the full text of Mollison’s Permaculture Design Manual and current theory to develop a deeper perspective on design. Instructors will provide regular individual feedback on your work, and help to hone your talents and interests. Additionally, students will get a chance to explore the lively network in the Portland area. The course includes travel to various permaculture sites around the city and guest lectures from leading permaculturalists. This is a permaculture design certification course, students will be awarded the certification upon completion of the course. Some Topics in the Course: Goal setting, mapping, landscape analysis, water, ponds, rainwater catchment, natural building, feeding your family, transforming the economy, running a sustainable business or nonprofit, drought proofing, urban design, chickens, ducks, pigs, cows, how to reverse climate change, graphics, presentations, understanding systems design of humans and nature. Jordan Fink, MA in Landscape Planning and Design, is the Principal at World Tree Ecological Design and a co-founder of the City Repair Project. He has worked on both coasts in helping individuals and communities design a better world and has over 11 years of experience working in Ecological Design, Permaculture Education, and Community Facilitation.