Thursday, June 23, 2011

Home-Scale Permaculture Design Course

Home-Scale Permaculture Design Course
Starting Saturday, Sept. 10 – Sunday, Sept. 11 (first of six weekends)
Heathcote Community, Freeland, MD

Starting Sept. 10, 2011

Permaculture, a term originated by Australian ecologists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, means permanent culture. Using both ancient and modern knowledge, this methodology mimics universal patterns found in nature to create healthy human habitats. Guided by ethical behavior, Permaculture is a system of designing ecologically inspired landscapes that integrate home food production, energy, shelter and water. Participants will learn:

- Observation and site analysis to identify resource opportunities
- Bioregional ecosystems, diversity and natural patterns
- How to protect local watersheds and restore wildlife habitat
- Water harvesting and management in the landscape; detoxification with rain gardens
- Nutrient recycling with grey water and composting toilets
- Identification of microclimates and zone planning for efficiency
- Renewable energy systems and small-scale appropriate technology
- Natural building and passive-solar home retrofitting
- Fruit growing with forest gardens and plant guild design
- Intensive no-till food gardening, soil regeneration and composting
- How to cultivate forests, grains and cash crops
- Integration of domestic animals and aquaculture
- Social/economic strategies for urban/community scale food, energy and water security

Instructor: As a Permaculture designer, architect, and life-long organic gardener, Patty Ceglia is passionate about finding the ecological balance for productive potential of every site. She teaches at Wilson College, where her students practice hands-on strategies at the 160 acre Center for Sustainable Living.

21300 Heathcote Road, Freeland, MD 21053

Six Weekends
Fall 2011 & Spring 2012
Sept. 10-11; Oct. 1-2; Nov. 5-6
Mar. 3-4; Mar. 31 – Apr. 1; Apr. 28-29

Sliding scale fee:
Early bird $800 - $1,000

After August 10: $900 - $1,100

Register online at:

For more information:
Call: 410-357-9523

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