Thu, Aug 26 | Coconino Community College

Permaculture Design Course: Fall Course August 26-December 9, 2021 Thursday classes - 2:30pm-5:15pm

Calling all aspiring gardeners, designers and community organizers! Discover how growing food and community can serve as a vehicle for transformation—for the self, community, and the land.
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Permaculture Design Course: Fall Course      August 26-December 9, 2021             Thursday classes - 2:30pm-5:15pm

Time & Location

Aug 26, 2:30 PM – Dec 09, 5:15 PM
Coconino Community College, 2800 S Lone Tree Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86005, USA

About the Event

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PEREQUISITE:

Calling all aspiring gardeners, designers and community organizers! Discover how growing food and community can serve as a vehicle for transformation—for the self, community, and the land. This course is the first in a two-part series that offers the opportunity for students to receive their 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate. (This course is also offered as a three-credit class through a registration option via Coconino Comunity College (CCC)) This course offers a foundation in permaculture history, ethics, principles, design process, and practical applications. The framework behind the theory and practice of permaculture is rooted in the observation of natural systems. By observing key ecological relationships, we can mimic and apply these beneficial relationships in the design of systems that serve humans while helping to restore the natural world. This course trains students as critical thinkers, observers, and analysts of the world around them, and then goes on to provide students with the tools needed to design for inspired and positive change. There is no course prerequisite.

COURSE CONTENT:

1. Introduction to permaculture 2. Biocultural diversity on the Colorado Plateau 3. Patterns and design 4. Trees, woodlands and food forests 5. Rainwater harvesting and aquaponics 6. Soils 7. Synthesis

COURSE OUTCOMES

By the end of this course you will be able to:

•  Generate examples for each permaculture design principle

•  Apply your knowledge of the permaculture design principles to your personal and larger social systems

•  Describe the relationship between biological and cultural diversity specifically how bio-cultural diversity has shaped and been shaped by the Colorado Plateau region

•  Articulate the relationship between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and permaculture

•  Apply your understanding of sectors and zones by creating your own sector & zone map

•  Integrate your understanding of permaculture as a creation (versus consumption) culture by learning how to create simple and sustainable home cleaning products and herbals for cold season

•  Compare the way nature cycles energy and matter in a forest and how these same principles are applied in the practice of designing a “food forest.”

•  Discuss the permaculture concept that “within the problem lies the solution” in relationship to flooding and rainwater harvesting in the arid southwest

•  Calculate the rainwater harvesting potential for a structure and describe how that potential will inform the design of a system

•  Design a basic rainwater harvesting system

•  Describe what composes a healthy soil, how to improve soil, biochar, mulching and composting, and worms/vermiculture

•  Apply your developing knowledge of the permaculture design principles and design process by mapping the following for your own home or dwelling/land of choice: sector analysis, functional analysis of site structures/elements, passive and active rain water strategies, native and permaculture species selection, guilds, and integration of annual crops.

•  Design a household scale rain-water harvesting system (both active and passive) or food forest

COURSE GOALS:

Students complete the course with a basic understanding of:

•  Permaculture ethics and principles, including sample strategies and techniques for realizing them in design

•  Reading landscapes, interpreting all elements and their relationships to each other

•  Methods and tools for adopting these practices in all aspects of their lives.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND APPROACH TO LEARNING:

Building both an engaging and a safe and supportive space for learning is a key element of this class. The following teaching strategies are used in this class:

·  Collaborative, group work

·  Hands-on activities and simulations

·  Team- and relational-building activities

·  Guest speakers & field trips

·  Reflective activities

If you have any questions or concerns about the structure of the learning environment, please do not hesitate to contact Rosemary directly at rosemaryglogan@gmail.com or 928. 853.4333.

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  • 2 hours 45 minutes

    Permaculture Design Course

    Coconino Community College
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