P R O S P E C T R O C K P E R M A C U LT U R E

D E S I G N A ND E D UCATI O N F O R ECOLO GI CAL CU LTUR E

2014 PERMACULTU RE DE SIGN CERTIFICATION
COURSE SYLLABUS

July 20 - August 1, 2014 Willow Crossing Farm - Johnson, VT Instructors:
Keith F. Morris (802) 734-1129 Mark Krawczyk (802) 999-2768 Alissa White (603) 568-0387 Lisa DePiano (610) 955-7168 and Special Guests! Emily Wheeler (802) 505-8882

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Keith@ProspectRock.org KeylineVermont@gmail.com Aceraceae@gmail.com LDePiano@gmail.com Sow2Seeds@gmail.com

Head Chef:

Required Texts:

At least one of the following textsIntroduction 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

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-PDC Syllabus 2014-

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Required Materials:

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- 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:

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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.

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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.

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Format:

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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.

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Personal Project (continued):
Through the second half of the course, students will develop their individual final design projects by generating in-depth Goals Articulation, a Base Map, and Analysis & Assessment data overlay (through the ‘Scale of Permanence’). Dave Jacke’s Edible Forest Gardens Volume 2 is one of the best resources detailing the actual process of permaculture design. From goals and analysis, students develop design concepts and presentation drawings to an appropriate level of detail for their project, which can include Detailed Design and Implementation (Phase) Design plans. At the end of the course, students will each present their Final Design Project to the group and will receive constructive feedback from instructors, and a ‘jury’ of other permaculture designers. Design ‘clients’, housemates, friends, family, or other guests are welcome to attend Final Design Presentations. The Final Project will be Thursday June 30, and discussed in greater depth during the course.

Course Schedule:

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Daily Schedule:
7 am: Optional Yoga, Meditation, Farm Chores 8 am: Farm Sourced Breakfast 9 am- 12 noon: Morning Session 12 -1 pm: Farm Sourced Lunch 1 - 4:45 pm: Afternoon Session 6 -7 pm Farm Sourced Dinner 7:30 pm: Evening Session (*Friends and Family Welcome to most)

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Sunday, July 20: Late afternoon arrival, Camp set-up, etc. 5 pm: 7:30 pm First Round Group and Instructor Introductions. Site Orientation. Extended Introduction w/ Goals/ Intentions. Course Overview.

Monday, July 21: Introduction to Permaculture, History, Ethics and Principles. Exercise: Niche Analysis. Site Orientation: Prospect Rock Hike. *7:30 pm Evening Public Lecture- “Humans as Keystone Species”: Permaculture and ‘Participatory Ecology’ Reading: Jacke: ‘Ecological Culture Design’. Holmgren: Preface & Introduction Tuesday, July 22: “The Problems”: Evidence to Act. Envisioning a Positive Post-Petroleum Future. The Living Earth: Climate, Soil, and Water. “Civilization and Conquest”: Erosion, Monoculture, and Anthropogenic Deserts. Patterns in Nature. Patterns Walk. *7:30 pm Evening Public Film Screening‘Global Gardener’ & ‘In Grave Danger of Falling Fruit’ Solstice Celebration Reading: Hemenway: “Is Sustainable Agriculture an Oxymoron?”. http://www.energybulletin.net/node/19334

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Course Schedule (continued):
Wednesday, July 23: Permaculture Solutions: Keyline Systems, Swales, etc. Ecological Modeling: Perennial Polycultures and Symbiosis. Forest Gardens Site Tour/ Work Project *7:30 pm Edible

Evening Public Lecture- Water in Permaculture, Catchment, Ponds, Awuaculture, Paddies, etc.

Assignment: Desired Species Niche Analysis. Thursday, July 24: Designing your Design Process: Goals Articulation, Base Mapping, Analysis & Assessment through the Scale of Permanence. Field Trip: 7:30 pm Friday, July 25: 3 pm Johnson Community Gardens- Collaborative Design Charrette Mandatory Evening Session- Collaborate Design Charrette Design Studio, Phase Design, Introduction to Presentations. Group Design Charrette Presentations Evening Off Saturday, July 26: Field Trip: Vermont Compost: www.vermontcompost.com Zach Woods Herbs: http://www.zackwoodsherbs.com/ Dinner Out: Sunday, July 27: The Bee’s Knees http://www.thebeesknees-vt.com/ Optional Field Trip and/ or Day Off for laundry, shopping, rest, studio... Evening Off Monday, July 28: Designing for Multiple Publics: Pedal People, Montview Neighborhood Farm, Invisible Structures. ‘Financial Permaculture’ and Ecological Economics, Permaculture Business Planning, Access to Land and Resources, Ethical Investment, Local Exchange and Trading, Alternative Currencies.

Weekend Assignment: Individual Design Goals Articulation and Base Map

*7:30 pm Evening Public Lecture- Economic Permaculture, Co-operatives, etc. Tuesday, July 29: Zone 0: The Integrated Built Environment. Natural Building, Passive Solar Heating and Cooling, Integrated Greenhouses, Waste Management, Energy and Food Production. Pollinators and Beekeeping. *7:30 pm Evening Public Lecture- Skotty Kellogg Wednesday, July 30: Urban and Suburban Strategies. Bioremediation, Vertical Space, Compost, Food! (Not Lawns), Microfarming, Food Deserts, Culturally Appropriate and Economically Viable Urban Farm Case Studies. Evening Studio Time Thursday, July 31: *2 pm Friday, August 1: Presentation techniques, Studio Time Final Design Presentations Celebration! Where do we go from here? Closing Circle, Networking, Certificates, etc.

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*This Syllabus is subject to change based on student learning goals, instructor team collaboration, weather, and other factors.

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Course Objectives:
We focus on permaculture as a framework for understanding, evaluating, and integrating the vast diversity of technologies, trends, and different perspectives in the movement for “sustainability”, and advance permaculture ethics and skills as a new cultural paradigm. Students demonstrate: -permaculture principles and ethics. -the ability to think critically, evaluate, and articulate the challenges of the 21st century. -the vision and ability to implement solutions on a personal and community level to unsustainable, destructive, and exploitative cultural tendencies. -understanding of key ecological design strategies for systems of varying scale. -comprehension of the types of ecological relationships found in the natural world, and how these relationships and their context can inform systems of human design. -proficiency communicating the continuum of the human experience from an ecological perspective. -practiced observation, patten recognition, and systems thinking. -progression in their understanding of these concepts- regardless of previous familiarity. -a collaborative working and learning environment of mutual respect and support.

Assessment (For Students Taking the Course for Credit):
Grades and standards established by the University of Vermont will be used in this course. Instructors will grade participants considering: -Base level sufficiency of skills and knowledge. -Growth in skills, knowledge, and mindset. -Group interaction, leadership, and self-directed learning ability. -Meeting stated Course Objectives. -Timely and thoughtful completion of Assignments. Attendance and engagement with all required sessions and activities: (40%) Communication skills, listening, positive contribution to group activities. Community interaction and participation. Attendance is mandatory for all sessions! Reflective Writings: (40%) Assignment will be discussed in greater detail during the course. Final Design Project: The Design Project will be discussed in greater detail during the course.
This document and course design is a Prospect Rock Permaculture Project

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Design and Education for Ecological Culture www.prospectock.org P.O. Box 426, Jeffersonville, VT 05464 Keith@ProspectRock.org

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