We will practice the following techniques and tool uses while in this course. Students in the practicum
after the course will have the opportunity for additional practice and more tools to use.
Blade sharpening: scythes, knives, sickles, axes
Scything/hand mowing with scythes
Chainsaw maintenance and observational use
Safe and directional tree felling techniques
Forest management, tree selection, harvesting methods, hauling/skidding methods
Basic tractor and truck use and maintenance
Mushroom inoculation tools and techniques
Putting up food in root cellars, storage and processing methods
Basic carpentry and building tools including saws, chisels, shop tools, drawknife, and more
Rotational grazing: fencing, moving fence, moving animals, setting up permanent fence, electric use and wiring for fencing
Waterworks for home and farms: sweating (soldering) copper pipe, welding poly water line, irrigation systems
Numerous other rural living and farm/homesteading techniques simply by living on the active farm site for the 2 weeks
Howdy, I'm in Six Mile,SC..right near Lake Keowee. To answer your question, no I don't think it's too much to undertake. If you've done gardening throughout your life, and don't mind getting dirty, step outside the box, and enjoy the knowledge and experience that's waiting out there...
David Galloway wrote:
Hi kazron, I'm just outside of Greenville, South Carolina -- not a large city, but big enough that I have few rural skills as of yet.
I didn't say it was. I meant the getting dirty part in general. I've done a # of courses, including one in Costa Rica. I did water harvesting, treatment with aquaponics,and was consistently getting at dirty as one could ever get. There we're people there who were overly squeamish,and I just jump right in, and took on tasks others would not..
John Polk wrote:
A PDC is not a gardening course. Gardening is just one of the facets of permaculture.
A typical course will not teach the mechanics of each segment, but will teach you how to observe what is around you, and ask yourself questions about how to steer your project towards its goal.
No two projects will be the same, as each will have its own set of existing circumstances, and its own goal. A good course should teach you how to evaluate what you are starting with, and which steps are appropriate to achieving your goal.