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Dear All ~ This is the time to attend a PDC and gather more skills for creating resilience and wellbeing in our homes and communities !
Here is the info for our next Permaculture Design Certification Course in Western MA with Sowing Solutions (Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education is celebrating a decade of permaculture education!):
Gather the skills to ethically design for abundance in your home landscapes and for resilience in your communities.
Three Weekends in All: May 20-23, July 15-17, and Aug 18-21 **Early Birds Save $200 if registered by February 1st** (or Attend the Fall Course: Sept 9-12, Oct 14-16, and Nov 10-13)
Our Summer Course is offered over a total of three long weekends : May 20-23, July 15-17, and Aug 18-21
We want to be sure that you know about the EARLY BIRD SAVINGS for the Summer Course. *** Register by February 1st and save $200 off tuition!! ***
The Upcoming Summer Course:
This course is offered by Sowing Solutions, who is celebrating over a decade in permaculture education. It will be held at Snow Farm New England Craft Program in Williamsburg MA for the first May weekend and then at Nine Mountain Retreat Center in Plainfield MA for the July and August weekends~ both sites are truly inspiring places! (Snow Farm is an art school and Nine Mountain is a healing & dance retreat center). Each site is currently developing their permaculture landscape. You will have an opportunity to design for real clients at these host sites, while you are guided through the ecological design process alongside our stellar team of educators and designers.
• Students of this PDC will learn first-hand about working with design clients and conducting an ecological design. Participants will be guided through the ecological design process alongside a team of professional designers and educators.
• A study of permaculture with Sowing Solutions includes visits to numerous demonstration sites such as Sirius EcoVillage, Wildside Cottages and Gardens, and Hickory Gardens. You can evaluate and learn from these leading northeastern permaculture sites that have been growing and evolving for nearly a decade.
• Gaining your internationally recognized certification with Sowing Solutions is an experience of empowerment, support, inspiration and skill building.
• All that you learn in this course can be applied at your home.
Your registration in this course will provide you with: skill shares, discussions, design activities, experience in orchards and forest gardens, skills to create new gardens, natural building visits and hands-on activities, tours of local permaculture sites, immersion in community life, stories and presentations, food preservation and medicine making workshops, mapping techniques, networking opportunities, and a certification in permaculture design.
The Registration Process is as follows:
1. Fill out the registration form (attached) and return to us by email or postal mail at: Sowing Solutions, 5 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.
2. Send in a $300 deposit or a full tuition payment as a check or money order written out to ‘Sowing Solutions’ at the same mailing address (Sowing Solutions, 5 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370) ~There is also an option to make a payment for either the full or partial tuition amount via paypal or credit card online at our website (http://www.permacultureseries.org/register-now.html)
The registration form is attached here for you. Once we receive an email from you, we will send you a Detailed Course Information Packet. We are available to chat by phone if you have further questions 🙂 We will send you the brief pre-course assignment and all the arrival details as soon as you register.
Fundraising Support is available to you as follows (in other words ~ do not let funding stand in your way of this training and certification program!!!):
- Contact us to talk about many fundraising options and we will share many ideas and strategies with you. (Strategies for fundraising that we have for you are: template letters, work trade applications, scholarship program, discounts when you bring a friend, early bird savings by February 1st, payment plans, fundraising techniques that we can walk you through, accommodation discounts, etc)
It will be wonderful if you can attend this inspiring and informative educational event! We will have a number of interesting design projects to work on together, and we have many existing permaculture demonstration sites to visit. The weekend series format of this course gives us a chance to correspond with you during the months between the class sessions, and provides students with ample time to integrate the new course material. The three weekends of in-class sessions are opportune times for sharing skills, resources, and inspiration, as well as for networking and forming new and lasting friendships.
Visit our website for more course details, www.PermacultureSeries.org, watch out our 2-minute video about this course, learn about the fundraising support that is available, and join us for a fun and informative weekend series course that starts this May! Send us an email to request the detailed Course Information Packet.
If you have any questions, we are happy to talk with you by phone, or correspond by email… and we look forward to meeting you!
Kay and the Sowing Solutions Teaching Team
The Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
along with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI)
offer as part of an online Permaculture Design Certificate course:
January 16 – March 2, 2017
Enrollment is now open for “Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry.”
The class can be taken as a stand-alone course or as one of three in a series offered in permaculture design leading to a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Michael Burns, a cofounder of FLPCI, will be the course instructor for this opportunity based on the permaculture curriculum and activities developed by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute over the past decade.
This program provides rigorous, evidence-based instruction in the principles and methods of permaculture design based on the internationally recognized curriculum.
There are just a few weeks left to sign up. With only 15 participants per course, enrollment frequently sells out.
Cayuta Sun Farm 607-227-0316
Study permaculture online through
Cornell University Horticulture¹s distance learning program.
Create a design portfolio based on your own project
and complete all three of the courses from home to
earn a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Instruction and facilitation is led by Michael Burns
of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.
Two spaces are still open in the first course:
³Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design²
offered October 24 to December 8, 2016.
The first 6.5 week long course and provides an opportunity for you to
build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design.
Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, and
activities and complete portions of a design for a site of their choosing.
While the course is online, the format is designed for consistent
interaction between instructors and students through forums and review of
assignments. Readings and presentations will be directly applied through
hands-on activities students will engage with at home.
There are two additional permaculture design courses:
– Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry:
January 16 to March 2, 2017
– Permaculture Design: Design Practicum:*
March 13 to April 6, 2017
*Prerequisite: ³Fundamentals of Ecological Design² or ³Ecosystem Mimicry”
Completion of a single class gives students a certificate of completion
from the Horticulture and continuing education units.
Completion of all three courses gives students the portfolio necessary to
apply for an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate
though the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
Space is limited to 15 participants. Registration opens about six weeks
before each course begins. Fee is $675 paid via credit card at sign up.
See registration link at:
I wanted to let you know about two free presentations I will be giving next week on mycology, mushroom cultivation, and a whole lot more. One will be at Burning Books in Buffalo on Oct. 3 from 6-8 PM, and the other will be at the library in Ithaca on Oct. 4 from 6-8. These will be part of a tour / fungal roadshow I am on to promote for my new book, Radical Mycology.
The book and talks focus on how fungi and mushroom cultivation can help humans and the environment in a wide variety of ways.
Please feel free to share the events or invite folks.
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute
with the generous support of our sponsors
3rd Annual Permaculture Tour Weekend
August 26, 27 & 28, 2016
Learn all the details at http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org
Three days of workshops, tours, socializing, networking, and learning in the cities, villages and countryside of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of NY.
Friday through Sunday you can view a movie, visit sites, talk with other practitioners and enthusiasts, try hands-on workshops, and simply immerse yourself in the thriving permaculture scene of central New York.
Friday evening offers a screening of the movie “INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective” followed a “Conscious Electronic Dance Music” party in bustling downtown Ithaca.
All day Saturday tour permaculture farms, gardens, parks, & homes ending with a reception at the Finger Lakes Cider House with music and a fundraising auction.
Sunday continues with networking and learning with over a dozen speakers and workshops at our Finger Lakes Permaculture Convergence and Plant Sale.
Admission to all events is free. However, we depend on your donations to support the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and the Permaculture Tour Weekend.
The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (FLPCI), founded in 2005, connects people with the environment and each other to design regenerative ecosystems for resilient communities. FLPCI holds events for people to learn sustainable and ecological design methods including workshops, apprentice programs, trainings and design certificate courses.
Learn all the details at http://FingerLakesPermaculture.org
I’m spreading the word about the natural building workshop in Troy, NY this summer. Join us in building an outdoor pizza kitchen with stone, cob, and round-wood. I’m excited to be hosting the event at the Vague Estates, a beautiful site, with acres of woods and water that is perfect for a building retreat. Held July 17th-23rd It’s going to be a great week, and I’m trying to reach folks that might enjoy it. Visit the website for more info. thanks!
We’ll have a room opening up mid-late August, at our place on 717 Otisco St, corner of Belmont St in Syracuse. NY. We are a collective house committed to ecological and social justice consciousness. We cook for each other, share meals & grocery shopping, grow some of our own food on site, & participate in regular chores to maintain the house & yards.
We strive for a lifestyle in which we do more with less, making rather than buying, building our ecological wisdom. We are project oriented and equipped for gardening, food preparation, bicycle care, work-shopping & crafting. We’re dedicated being a supportive, consensus-based, & inclusive home with open, compassionate communication & problem-solving.
>>> No hard drugs or substance abuse
>>> Plant-Based kitchen and household
>>> Monthly house meetings
>>> $400 per room ($500 for doubles) includes utilities, wifi and water
IC.org listing: http://directory.ic.org/24301/ Bitternut_Collective_on_Otisco_St
Facebook: https://www.Facebook.com/ BitternutHomestead
if you are interested, we have a list of introductory interview questions you can complete and send back in as a first step:
1) Where do you go to school/work currently? How will you support yourself financially while a housemate? Where are you moving from, locally or from out of Syracuse? What are your current living arrangements and why are you looking for new living arrangements? How long do you plan on staying at Bitternut?
2) Have you ever lived in a collective house or Intentional Community before, and what are your questions, expectations, limits, and concerns?
3) Who would be moving in with you (if anyone)? What are your dietary preferences (we practice a plant-based diet)?
4) Are you able to reside with us while construction, finish work, and general site developments are in process?
5) Please provide one housing reference and one personal reference.
6) What time period would you be looking to move in if you were accepted?
7) Are you a dog person or a cat person (Cats are not permitted due to resident allergies, and we currently have one dog).
8) Describe your political philosophy in 3 sentences or less.
9) If you had a full day of free time, how would you most likely spend it? How do you spend your leisure time?
10) Are you a "kitchen person"? Are you a "garden person"? What do those terms mean to you? What does it mean to you to participate in the household and the social justice/ecological wisdom mission of the collective?
Send to BitternutHomestead@gmail.com or call Frank at 315-308-1372 with questions.