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July 20 - August 1, 2014 Willow Crossing Farm - Johnson, VT
Instructors:
Keith F. Morris
(802) 734-1129 Keith@ProspectRock.org 
Mark Krawczyk
 (802) 999-2768 KeylineVermont@gmail.com 
 Alissa White
(603) 568-0387  Aceraceae@gmail.com 
Lisa DePiano
(610) 955-7168 LDePiano@gmail.com and Special Guests
! Head Chef: Emily Wheeler
(802) 505-8882 Sow2Seeds@gmail.com 
Required Texts:
 At least one of the following texts-
Introduction to Permaculture
. Mollison, Bill with Reny Mia Slay.
Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.
Holmgren, David.
Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual
. Mollison, Bill.
Edible Forest Gardens
. Jacke, Dave with Eric Toensmeier.
(
 Volumes 1 & *2).
The Transition Handbook
. Hopkins, Rob.
Toolbox for Sustainable City Living
. Kellogg and Pettigrew.
Field Guides:
Our course site abounds with wild edibles, medicinal plants, widely varied trees, shrubs, wildflowers, fungi, aquatic habitat, and is managed as a wildlife, bird, and insect sanctuary. Choose and bring
at least one
 field guide appropriate to your interests.  As design references we suggest:
  Wetland. Woodland, Wildland
. Thompson, E. H., and E. R. Sorenson. And/ or:
Peterson’s
: ‘Eastern Forests’. (or a field guide to
natural communities
 in your area)
Reading the Forested Landscape
or ‘
Forest Forensics’.
Wessels. We also recommend;
Peterson’s
: ‘Edible Wild Plants’, ‘Medicinal Plants & Herbs’
Newcomb’s
 “Wildflower Guide”
The Nature of Vermont
. Johnson, Charles. But you may also like a good guide to trees, tracks, birds, insects, spiders, clouds, stars, fish..
Recommended Supplementary Reading:
 
 Any Other Permaculture or Ecological Design Texts: Gaia’s Garden, Landscaping with Fruit,
 
Food not Lawns!, Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture
,
Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally, Perennial Vegetables, From EcoCities to Living achines, Gaviotas,
 Eddy, Fukuoka, McHarg, J. Russel Smith, Van der Ryn, Yeomans, Beresford-Kroeger, etc.
Background, etc.: 1491
,
 1493
, Mann, C..
. Guns, Germs, and Steel
,
 
Diamond, J..
Changes in the Land. Hands on the Land. The Language of Landscape. *
Bookchin, Coleman, Heinberg, *Jensen, Kuntsler, Nabhan, Quinn, Salatin, Savory, Vandana Shiva, Starhawk, For a list of titles in our library, and books for sale at discount visit- www.prospectrock.org
 
‘Intro to Permaculture’ is available for $40, and we offer up to 30% off any Chelsea Green titles
-Prospect Rock Permaculture- -PDC Syllabus 2014- www.prospectrock.org
 
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PROSPECT ROCK PERMACULTURE
DESIGN AND EDUCATION FOR ECOLOGICAL CULTURE
2014 PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION
COURSE SYLLABUS
 
Required Materials:
- Note Pad - A 3 Ring Binder, Folder, or File - Tracing Paper
 (a roll or
large
 pad) -
Color Markers
 (‘Crayola’-type 8 pack is fine- you do not need fancy markers)
Recommended Materials:
-Sketch Pad -Laptop
(with Wifi, ‘Google Earth’, and ‘SketchUp’ (available free online)
 
-
Compass
 (
both
 the circle drawing kind and a magnetic compass) -
Engineer’s Scale
 (6 sided ruler- not an “architect's scale”) -
50’ or 100’
(or longer)
Tape Measure - Site Data, Maps
(see ‘Personal Project’ below)
 
- any other design or drafting tools you may have
Course Description:
Permaculture is the study and practice of the way human beings- as individuals and communities- can participate in the creation of ethical (socially just and ecologically regenerative) perennial support systems. We present a whole systems approach that integrates plants, animals, buildings, people, communities, economies, and the landscapes that surround us through careful
analysis
and thoughtful
 design
. This course introduces students to the principles and practice of permaculture design through collaboration on real-world projects with an eye towards repairing, restoring, and regenerating human ecosystems. We focus on the intersection of social and environmental health by looking at the relationships between the built environment, food security, energy, and water; and retrofitting this infrastructure to appropriately respond to the confluent crises of the 21st century with localized resilience and abundance. We explore the theory of permaculture design, including the history of permaculture and ecological design, Permaculture Ethics and Principles, and the synthesis and application of Ecological, Anthropological, Ethno-biological, and Evolutionary Sciences to agriculture and human ecosystems, buildings, and social and economic organization (‘invisible structures’). Skills and techniques for ‘reading the landscape’, developing site-responsive design, and representing interpretations and plans through visual maps and public presentations will be developed through collaborative and individual design projects. We present various food production, energy production, waste management, shelter, earthworks, and water moving systems and assess their potential for integration to meet human needs while
improving 
 ecosystem health. The principles and design process introduced and developed through this course are applicable in any climate or area of the world. However, field trips and practical examples will focus in particular on patterns, techniques, species, and other strategies that embody the potential for ecological culture in the cold-temperate northeast of North America. In its entirety, this course fulfills the requirements for an internationally recognized 72+ hour
Permaculture Design Certification Course
.  Attendance is required for
all sessions
 in order to receive your certificate.
 
-Prospect Rock Permaculture- - DARFT PDC Syllabus 2014- www.prospectrock.org
 
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PROSPECT ROCK PERMACULTURE
DESIGN AND EDUCATION FOR ECOLOGICAL CULTURE
2014 PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION
 
Format:
 
The course consists of a two-week residential intensive from June 19 - July 1 which includes lectures, guest speakers, field trips, work projects, hands-on design and implementation, group and individual studio work and design presentations, readings, individual assignments, camping, hiking, boating, nature immersion/ observation, and other activities. We introduce permaculture ethics, principles, the design process, site analysis and assessment, and a variety of permaculture solutions while facilitating a collaborative design by the students as a group. Collectively, the group refines their design for the next phase of real world implementation at our host site. Students will also be supported in applying the design process to their homes or any site of their choosing. The course culminates with the presentation of these
individual student design projects
.
Personal Project:
Students will apply the design process to their
homes
 or
any site of their choosing 
. The course culminates with the presentation of in-depth individual student permaculture design projects.  A site which you are either
intimately familiar with
 or
able to spend time analyzing before the start of the course
 
is recommended
(present home, parents home, dorm and courtyard, friends’ property, neighborhood lot, block, etc.), but we are open to what best meets your learning goals. If you do not have a site, there are numerous opportunities for design on site or in the nearby community- instructors will assist with the selection of sites appropriate to your learning goals.
Once you have chosen a site for which you would like to design
,
 any of the following information you can find will prove extremely useful, and the availability of this information may influence your site selection:
Property Maps or Surveys:
 Deed maps showing property lines, buildings, rights of way (R.O.W.), buried gas, sewer, septic, water, electric, phone, etc. These are typically held by property owners or are on record in the
 town hall
.
 Aerial photographs:
 If you are near a city, Google or Bing Maps, will have frighteningly detailed pictures of your site. For more rural areas, www.terraserver.com has high resolution images, but you have to purchase before you can see them. For sites in Vermont- the best aerial photographs of your site are available at the
University Library Map Room
, or at your county‘s
USDA office
. You may be able to find more GIS data on town or state websites.
Soil Maps:
 Your local
USDA office
 will have a free copy of your county’s soil survey for you. If you have access to the results of any soil tests done by yourself or a septic engineer, bring them along. Soil maps are now available for the entire country online at: http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/HomePage.htm 
Photographs:
Photos of the yard, house, or proposed site. If you’re able to take some, keep in mind your favorite views (to and from), things that cast shadows, features on the ground (stones, ledge, etc.), surrounding vegetation, ‘problem areas’, etc. During the course you will be synthesizing information about the
Climate, Landform,  Water, Legal Issues, Access & Circulation, Vegetation & Wildlife, Microclimates, Buildings & Infrastructure, ‘Zones of Use’, Soil, Aesthetics & ‘Experience of Place’, History, Context
, and more. Take some time to begin observing these things and take some notes or pictures.
 Finally:
Spend some time thinking about your
goals
, ‘problems’, and other
challenges
 or
opportunities
 inherent to your site.
-Prospect Rock Permaculture- - DARFT PDC Syllabus 2014- www.prospectrock.org
 
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PROSPECT ROCK PERMACULTURE
DESIGN AND EDUCATION FOR ECOLOGICAL CULTURE
2014 PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION

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