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Teaching permaculture in college

 
                                                
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Hello, I am a senior in college. Me and my room mate have both taken our PDC's and are involved with sustainable clubs here on campus. We are planning on preparing and hosting some educative 'classes' or sessions on campus to further the awareness and interest in permaculture here in the students. Just wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions of certain things to do. Thanks and Peace.
 
Amedean Messan
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I am not aware of any PDC course in any university here in the U.S.  I'm taking mechanical engineering here at NCA&T which is an agriculture school but permaculture is still pretty fresh in the states.  Your post is a bit lacking on important specifics like where you are located but thank you for your enthusiastic offer.
 
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NCA&T?  Are you in Greensboro?  NCSU has a PDC course (both Intro & Advanced):

http://mediasite.online.ncsu.edu/online/Catalog/pages/catalog.aspx?catalogId=f5a893e7-4b7c-4b79-80fd-52dcd1ced715

That is the link to the Intro on-line course.

I'm guessing that he is in NY (SUNY New Paltz)
 
                                                
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we are at SUNY New Paltz in New York. We arnt thinking of doing anything close to what a PDC course entitles. Just our own rendition of what we have learned i guess. I'm more interested in fostering the curiosity in people rather then try to teach them i guess.
 
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Wow, thanks for the link John, awesome!  Yeah, I am at Greensboro, NC.
 
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I would suggest focusing on making it relevant to your average student. Focus on home scale bed prep (mention a few different styles), how to get your fertility if you are without a vehicle and living in the city (coffee grounds, urine, neighbors yard waste, municipal tree prunings in parks, restaurant food scraps etc)... I would emphasize the 'waste is a resource'. Also talk about annual vegetables that can self seed, and of course perennial foods, container gardening, balcony gardening, chicken tractors in cities....

This is of course assuming that most of your audience is interested in home scale permaculture...
 
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I only disagree that I want to develop a profitable commercial permaculture business model.  Been spending a couple years on research developing animal/plant guilds so I am not so much interested in small scale production or back yard self sustainability - more wanting to further understand the exact sciences of permaculture.
 
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I taught myself permaculture theory while in college at Evergreen State College (also in Olympia).  I found that college students as a class were pretty transient and therefore poorly equipped to work with perennial systems.  There were few working models in which to be a transient in. 

The advantage is you can find people heading towards different professions... designers, ecologists, physiologists, engineers, geomorphologists, and get them involved in a design project together.  If you find a real client, who IS attached to a place, and therefore CAN become a real trustee of land, then you bright curious students would have something to apply permaculture design methodologies as a test subject.
 
2017 Permaculture Design Course at Wheaton Labs
http://richsoil.com/pdc
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