3 Week Permaculture Design Course at Wild Thyme Farm
We’d like to recommend & help spread the word about this comprehensive 3 Week Permaculture Design Course this late winter/early spring in the Pacific Northwest – the premier PDC at Wild Thyme Farm, featuring many teachers from the greater Pacific Northwest Bioregion.
At the comprehensive course you can expect complete immersion into creating innovative and healthy plant and social communities for urban and rural areas.
The instructors are skilled growers, designers, & activists familiar with permaculture, social justice, thousands of plant species, and much more.
This will surely be a wonderful course for this time of year, wherever one may live or sow their roots.
Learn permaculture, food production, and energy efficiency for your home and community.
Permaculture Design Course
February 27 – March 20, 2011
Saturdays & Sundays
Wild Thyme Farm, Oakville, WA
with Marisha Auerbach, Dave Boehnlein, and Kelda Miller & Special Guests including:
Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski, Jenny Pell, Rick Valley, Leonard Barrett, Mark Lakeman
John Henrikson, Kirk Hanson, and more…
Globally, we are experiencing unpredictable changes in climate, economy, and resources. Through intentional design, we can anticipate what adaptive skills will be necessary for a joyful and abundant future. In this permaculture design course, students will be immersed in strategies to build community resilience and respond to uncertainties of the future. Our stellar teaching team will offer a 144-hour permaculture curriculum with a focus on hands-on skill-building in food production, plant propagation, and energy systems. The Wild Thyme Farm, a premier permaculture demonstration site, offers an immersion in examples of beautiful and productive polyculture gardens, a 100 acre FSC certified forest, and strategies for rural revitalization. Through presentations, slides, games, lectures, field trips, and hands-on opportunities, this permaculture course will offer diverse learning styles to emphasize ways that students can design their lives and engage their communities in strategies for a sustainable future.
Course Topics Include:
* Permaculture Ethics & Principles
* Observation & Site Analysis
* Energy Conservation
* Natural Cycles & Pattern Recognition
* Mapping & Design Exercises
* Animal Husbandry
* Forests, Agroforestry, & Tree Crops
* Soil Building & Ecology
* Cooperative Economics
* Plants, Propagation & Planting Strategies
* Eco-Building & Appropriate Technology
* Water Harvesting, Management, & Conservation
* Urban Permaculture & Village Design
Site Details – Wild Thyme Farm
Wild Thyme Farm is a private eco-retreat near Olympia Washington wit 150 acres of forests, pastures, gardens, orchards and streams, showcasing an evolving model of wild forest management, permaculture, agroforestry, diversity. Wild Thyme Farm has 15 buildings including the main house, several guest cottages, three barns, meeting rooms, sauna, large greenhouse, organic flower, herb and vegetable gardens and several orchards. Wild Thyme Farm represents an evolving model of permaculture, visionary forestry and biological diversity. It is known as an educational center for permaculture and sustainable agroforestry and participates in a US Government program for innovative wetland habitat restoration.
Things to Enjoy at Wild Thyme Farm
The Wild Thyme Farm has been implementing stunning examples of permaculture in the landscape since 1990. Throughout the course, you will be able to observe mature food forests, as some of our fruit trees are from the original homesteaders. Our design is focused on both useful plants for humans as well as enhancing habitat. View wild ducks and birds visiting the ponds and fields, deer roaming the forests. Hear evening crickets, frogs, and coyotes softly howling at night. Enjoy miles of beautiful nature trails in the property’s private 100 acre northwest rainforest. Hike wide walking trails and roads from the farm meadows winding up hillsides, over canyon streams, through rich and diverse fir and cedar groves to the tranquil and sunny high pasture with a view of Mt. Rainier.
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