This course delves deeply into the topic of animals in permaculture design. In many permaculture design courses, the topic of animals in only briefly touched on. This course will focus in on the subject, helping students learn concepts and skills related to designing and implementing permaculture systems with animals over the week-long course. You’ll gain hands-on experience with chickens, sheep, cattle and bees as well as learn how wildlife and human life create functional relationships that lead to healthy habitats.
This course is for:
-Anyone thinking about moving to the country
-Considering raising chickens in the back yard -Wondering what it would be like to herd sheep and move cattle
-A really fun alternative vacation
-Permies ready for advanced training
-Anyone who loves animals and being in harmony with nature.
Some of the topics we’ll cover include:
-Humane livestock care and handling, including holistic veterinary care and designing systems that promote healthy animals and healthy food.
-Holistic Management and grazing for multiple species including cattle, sheep and poultry. We also cover pasture-based systems for chickens and hogs.
-Animals in urban and suburban permaculture including small animals, urban wildlife and designing backyard systems that include domesticated animals for production and pets.
-We’ll cover different methods for hunting and trapping wild animals as well as firearms safety. You’ll have a chance to learn how to set straps, use a bow and butcher wild game.
-We’ll cover design strategies and management approaches to integrate animal and vegitable crops that increase diversity and production.
-Holistic vet care using medicinal herbs and other natural preventions and remedies to maintain healthy animals.
-Learn about the birds and the bees, insects and amphibians that are all important parts of an integrated permaculture design.
Wayne Weiseman, director of the Permaculture Project, is returning for his third summer teaching at Crazy Rooster Farm. In addition to Wayne we will also have some guest instructors. Victor Suarez will share his experience teaching the Maasi tribe in Kenya. Jake Hartnett, who is a grazing consultant for Thousand Hills Cattle and manages a large grass-fed herd in northern WI, will share his extensive knowledge of fencing and mob grazing. Will Winter, holistic veterinarian and veterinary consultant for Thousand Hills Cattle , will share his knowledge of animal health and designing healthy production systems.
This course is for anyone with an interest in animals in the permaculture system. Although it is ‘advanced’ you do not need to be permaculture certified to take the course. However, if you are less experienced in all things permaculture, we can send you pre-course study materials to help get you ready for the rigors of the course. If you have any questions or hesitations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of the course is $1200 including food and camping on the farm.
Two work-study scholarships are also available.
Anyone can apply for work/study scholarship. Here’s how it works:
One scholar will come the week before the course to help with set up and farm chores. The second scholar will stay the week after the course to help with clean up and farm chores. Both scholars will help out during the course with minor tasks that won’t interfere with the coursework. Each scholarship is $500, reducing the price of the course to $700. If you’re interested in applying for the scholarship, please email jeff@crazyroosterfarm.
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