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Stellar PDC June 6-20 on Camano Island, WA! Sign up now!

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Come Join Kelda Miller, Jenny Pell, Marilene Richardson, and Ty Ty Burns at Shambala Farm and Nursery on Camano Island, WA for an exciting and enlightening 2-week Permaculture Design Certification Course June 6-20th, 2012.

We will cover fun and important topics including permaculture design, generative ecology, community building, local economies, organic gardening, herbs and natives, vegetative propagation, animal husbandry, composting and much, much more! Lots of hands-on learning opportunities at Shambala's growing permaculture farm and nursery! See flyer and more information below!

Do you want to expand you permaculture knowledge or know someone who does? Share the good news!

About the venue:

Shambala Farm and Nursery is the homestead of Nancy and Nick Chase. The farm offers CSA shares through the summer season, nursery stock specializing in perennial vegetables, and a vibrant internship program. The farm is also home to chickens, ducks, goats, horses, and cattle. The goal of the residents is to integrate the permaculture principles into a more holistic farm-ecosystem, while maintaining a financially sustainable livelihood that is a pattern for others to look to.

Amenities: Most of the course participants will be camping, as there is limited indoor space. Meals will be provided under a covered porch, the classroom is being assembled in a portion of the barn, and showers and toilets will be simple. If camping is too rustic for you, please inquire about other creative options. The farm is located on the northern edge of Camano Island (a drive-on island) in the Puget Sound region of Washington State, near beaches, parks, and other amenities.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 Daily Garden Activity
10:00 Class
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 Class
5:00 Break
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Optional movies, hands-on projects, or various play-on-the-farm activities
(Music, dancing, beach, parks, trampoline)

About the curriculum:

This course, like other Permaculture Design Courses, is based on an internationally-recognized 72-hour curriculum originally created by Bill Mollison. Each day explores a different topic (soils, plant communities, water, animals, etc) through the permaculture 'lens' of whole-systems thinking.

The format will serve a wide variety of learning styles by rotating between the classroom, the field, hands-on projects, group activities, guest speakers and tours of working models. A daily emphasis will be put on the farm's special emphasis: propagation and perennial vegetable nursery enhancement.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the final Design Team project of the course.

About the instructors:

Kelda Miller has been networking and teaching within the regional Permaculture movement for years. She trained at the Bullock Brother's Homestead, coordinated the Seattle Permaculture Guild, and has been a leader in Pierce County by teaching classes and hosting many events. Her experience draws from gardening in diverse urban situations, working in teams to install needed community projects (whether at home or abroad), and applying sustainable design/lifestyles as an antidote to urban sprawl. http://divinearthgp.com

**See her recent shenanigans in the News Tribune: "Kelda Sells Backyard Veggies to Local Health Food Store"

Marilene Richardson will be hosting the class for a weekend intensive at her homestead. Marilene has lived permaculture most of her life and grows and preserves food for her family, as well as raising animals in a well-integrated system. She has been very active in community endeavors to make local, healthy food available to more people. She teaches classes for WSU Extension, SongCroft Self-Sufficiency Skills School, founded The Foundation for Sustainable Community, writes the SongCroft blog and is the happy owner of SongCroft Naturals. http://songcroft.com

Jenny Pell will be leading a few days of the curriculum. Jenny is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator, with many years experience in natural building, design, and community living. Her belief is that permaculture is one of the most common-sense and creative approaches to designing human settlements in any time, but especially now. Her latest projects involve the small farm incubator Community by Design near Portland, a 7 acre urban permaculture demonstration called the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, and numerous design projects that amaze and inspire. http://permaculturenow.org

**Jenny and team will be breaking ground soon on the nation's largest public food forest in Seattle: Read More Here!

Tyler "Ty Ty" Burns will be assistant teaching throughout the course. He is a lifetime resident of the Northwest and is a member of the Shambala Farm team, where he is propagating plants, nursing a food forest, and fostering healthy community relations throughout Western Washington.Tyler has also spent time learning and teaching permaculture in southern Africa and knows what it means to "Think Global, Act Local". He happily shares his knowledge on the practical, ethical and spiritual aspects of permaculture and envisions a world where everyone is intimately connected to their food and environment.

Find out more on our websites!

More information on Shambala Farm and Nursery's website.

Link to Facebook Event Page.

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Thanks Tyler for posting this!
I'd say, if you're choosing among courses, what makes this one unique is that the homesteaders, Nick and Nancy, are looking for ways that permaculture can help them make more on-farm income. So we'll be exploring lots of that, and, because they already have a perennial vegetable nursery going, we'll be doing some kind of propagation work each morning. Participants will learn the 'behind the scenes' for a small-scale niche nusery operation.
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