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Abe Coley
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At the INPC I recieved a flier from Friends of the Trees about a spring 2013 PDC in Missoula, but there's no info on their website yet. Anyone know much about it yet?
 
Rory Page
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Missoula’s 1st permaculture design course
Missoula, Montana

6 WEEKENDS Winter/Spring 2013.

February 15-17 March 1-3 March 15-17
March 29-31 April 12-14 April 26-28


Instructed by
Michael Pilarski and guests.


$550 to $750 sliding scale.
$125 weekend
Saturdays $75
Sundays $50
Friday evening talks by donation.



Permaculture Principles and Ethics. Local and Global Solutions.
Ecology, ecosystem restoration and native food webs.
Growing Food in Abundance. Gardening, farming and food forests.
Integrating animals into urban and rural systems.
The built infrastructure, natural building, energy systems,
Permaculture & the Invisible Structures, Community, economics,
social, governance. Relationships between people.



Details and updates will be posted on http://inlandnorthwestpermaculture.com



 
Nathanael Popp
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Bumping this. Just letting people know that despite the lack information that there is a pretty good group of people working to make sure that this is a success. I can generally say that this course is going to be a lot more comprehensive than any of those 2 week intensive courses you see out there. It gives people who are taking the entire course the ability to start using permaculture practices as a trainee with the ability to get certified after a few years of OTJ. The course is still shaping up, and I can not provide any comprehensive information about the speakers. I'm fairly certain we'll be visiting Sun Dog Eco Village and other sustainable location. Be very patient as people are still working to get the word out, and this is still a few months away. Spoiler alert... the following is a list of topical information, provided by Michael Pilarski, that will most likely be addressed during the PDC.

Course topics include:
* Permaculture ethics & principles
* Permaculture methodology
* Observation skills
* Site analysis & design
* Zone & sector analysis
* Large property design
* Keyline
* Ecosystem restoration
* native plant restoration
* Sustainable forestry
* Erosion control
* Bio-engineering
* Myco-remediation
* Gardening
* Edible landscaping
* Broad-scale agriculture
* Soil building
* Hugelkulturs
* Sheet mulching
* Tree crops
* Forest gardens
* Windbreaks, hedgerows
* Agroforestry systems
* Livestock raising
* Urban permaculture
* Ethnobotany and ethnoecology
* Water harvesting
* Ponds and aquaculture
* Chinampas
* Irrigation
* Humanure and greywater
* Dry land strategies
* Medicinal herbs
* Wildcrafting
* Weeds and invasive plants
* Seed collecting
* Integrated pest management
* Natural building
* Appropriate energy systems
* Design for catastrophe
* Community development
* Intentional communities, ecovillages
* Local economic systems
* Governance options
* Permaculture networks
* International resources
and much, much more . . .

So stay tuned folks, I'm definitely keeping my finger on the main vein for this event, and will be letting Missoula know details as soon as I can get them and verify their accuracy.
 
Rory Page
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Yes, this is something you will not want to miss! Is there anyone out there who is interested in registering or has any questions? Post them on this forum or send me an e-mail at Rorympage@gmail.com and we can get you registered and/or your questions answered.
 
Heather Brenner
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Does anyone happen to know what the course schedule is for this shindig? We'd love to attend some of these, but I can't find any mention of what is being held when. I emailed the address at the conference web page, but it's been a week and no reply. We live in Stevensville, and are buying land near Drummond, with plans to build a straw bale house, so a lot of this conference is certainly timely for us.
 
Nathanael Popp
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Classes start in about a week, so you would need to register asap. The course runs three days a week every other week. First weekend is February 15-17. Friday kicks off with the seed swap, movie night, and potluck. I do believe that Scooter is very busy right now in Missoula getting everything ready, so that maybe why you haven't gotten an email reply.
 
Heather Brenner
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Exactly. But we can't register and figure out which days we'd be attending till we know what courses will be when. Or at least I don't think we can...
 
Rory Page
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Unfortunately there is no official course syllabus available( outlining which topics will be covered on what weekend). This is mainly because the course is almost all full and so i believe skeeters intention is to discourage 'drop in' attendees. What specific topics are you most interested in? Anything other then building? There may still be space if full participation is an option for you. I will let you know if a full week by week schedule comes out.
 
Heather Brenner
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I just signed up for the full course last night. We may not be able to get to all of it, but as much as we can get to, plus the plant species analysis for the place we're buying (since we just moved here, and there are certain to be plants that don't grow in any of the other places we've lived), are well worth the price. I'll be bringing some seed sunchokes to the swap Friday!
 
Rory Page
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Glad you singed up Heather! looking forward to meeting you. See you at the swap.

Seed Swap tomorrow
All are welcome, 4-7 pm
Stensrud Event center in Missoula
Brings seeds if you have them if not come get some!
 
Heather Brenner
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Actually, I took a better look at how the schedule works for the classes, and hubs and I talked about it, and he's going to take the course instead of me. We have a toddler that is still used to nursing several times a day (we don't have anyone local who could babysit 3 kids for us to both take the course this year, and our oldest is 5 1/2), and I'm not into husband torture enough to leave hubs with him for 13 hours every other Saturday, when it would mean missing nursing all day and evening. So, he'll take the course, and the collective "We" will still have the knowledge imparted. I'll maybe take it next year, when I won't have a nursling too big and rowdy to bring with.

We'll all be at the seed swap tomorrow night, though. I didn't have a garden here last year (we just moved here in December), but I did have one at our old place, and I had a bumper crop of sunchokes, so I will bring a bunch of them to swap.
 
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