I would love to find a Permaculture design course that also includes a lot of Sepp Holzer's teachings. I have been researching different courses offered here in the states and many of them do not appear to be teaching much regarding "Raised Garden Beds" which I feel are an integral piece in sustainability. Can anyone suggest any courses offered this summer (preferably out West) that offer hands on experience implementing raised garden beds....the icing on the cake would be if they incorporated some of Sepp's techniques as well
Location: Lower Mainland British Columbia Canada Zone 8a/ Manchester Jamaica
posted 7 years ago
someone will eventually show up that can answer your question. A PDC is as far as I can remember suppose to teach you how to think as a designer rather than excessively go into techniques of how to garden.
Raised bed's are a tool in permaculture but knowledge about raised bed's can be gleaned by allot of places or master gardening courses. Raising a bed is as old as terracing a slope, it's probably why it's taken for granted in permaculture as a given, but if someone has it in their background and becomes a teacher they could really get into it as a science.
I hope you find what your looking for, I don't know of anyone doing enough of what sepp does to theme a pdc the way sepp can. Allot of people do it, but not on any production level in the style sepp does at least in america. Best of luck though, it seems like most of us you just have to pick what interest you here and there from the strongest sources. I don't think anyone could answer a complex question that was meant for sepp, nobody has being doing it that long or on that large of a scale to actually know what happens.
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 7 years ago
Welcome to permies Brennalyn
While I understand the PDC thing is quite majorly protected, Holzer's methods can be used in 'permaculture course XYZ', which sounds like what you're asking about. There's often confusion over what the 'C' in PDC means, so just in case...
Someone'll be along with some useful info about courses
A PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) must cover the main elements in Bill Mollison's Permaculture Designer's Manual, and as Saybian says, PDCs are really about big-picture design. Say, capturing water in the landscape, designing homes for maximum energy efficiency in climate X etc, etc.
As far as I know, Holzer does not have a PDC and all teachers of PDCs must have one themselves.
Also, where are you, and would you travel far for the 'right' course? Here's a how-to for adding location info: http://www.permies.com/t/7677/tinkering-site/Please-add-your-location-zone#134482 Apologies if this is confusing
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