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TreeYo permaculture back at it in India, this time in the north and with another unique course format!
http://treeyopermaculture.com/permaculture-design-courses-pdc/permaculture-design-course-pdc-asia-north-india-march-2015/
Dates: March 9th-22nd (Day Before arrival and departure that midday or the next anytime)
24th-29th one week design/ hands on experience
Location: Himalayan Farm Project, North India

THE COURSE: Format and Content
The course will be an 80-hour Permaculture Design Certificate Course spread out over 14 days. This ample time allows students to digest the material, get hands-on experience and work thoroughly on the final design project and presentation. The course will be certified through TreeYo Permaculture as we are guided by Bill Mollison’s curriculum that comprises the 14 chapters of his book “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”. Our schedule reflects this commitment and has a strong emphasis on how the design principles and process influence site develop and systems management while always acknowledging the people care side of it all. This course will help you gain confidence in setting up land based designs but also the inextricable link with creative integration of humans. We will cover the following topics throughout the course:
Ethics, Principles, and Methods of Permaculture Design
Pattern Understanding: Interpretation and Application
Climatic Factors: Broad Climatic Zones and Microclimate – Effects on Landscape and Design
Water: Harvesting, Conservation, Purification, and Revitalization
Trees and their Energy Transactions: SoilWaterTrees
Soils: Classification, Food Web, and Restoration
Aquaculture: Food Web, Aquatic Plants, Chinampas, Tyre Ponds, Water Quality Parameters
Animal Systems: Integrate worms, chickens, goats, and many other animals in your design
Strategies for Tropical, Dry-land, and Temperate Climates: Influences on Vegetation, Housing, and Earthworks
Introduction to Natural Building: Earth as a Building Material
Fermentation and Nutrition: Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Sourdough Bread and Pickles
Local Food Systems: CSA-Community Supported Agriculture, Cooperatives, Food-Coops
Social and Economic Permaculture: Bio-Regional Organisation, Living in Communities, Transition Towns and Local Resiliency


The week extension again (March 24-29) will focus on hillside farming and taking our design work, refining it and moving into the implementation work. It will be a holistic project with renovating a long uncultivated space being put back into production. The plan is to make it cultivable by designing water management/making beds/fruit orchard in that space. The area also has some trees growing which will be integrated into the design (agro-forestry).
THE HOST SITE: Himalayan Farm Project
VISION:
Our vision is to be a learning center for creating awareness about ecology, sustainability, food and farming issues, biodiversity, and offer experiential education in these themes. As stated in our new website:
“The Himalayan Farm Project is an upcoming organic farm, a creative platform for learning by experience, a center for ecological awareness, and a space for cherishing Mother Earth.

The Himalayan Farm Project is an attempt to demonstrate sustainable living in practice, to develop a way of growing food with a combination of ecological understanding and indigenous knowledge, and to bring people together for an exchange of ideas and practices that ensure sustainability and well-being.
We believe in a holistic mode of learning that promotes understanding and cherishing our place as a part of the greater Earth Community of soil, water, air, plants, animals, forests, and all life forms and peoples. We offer our space and resources for anybody who wants to teach, share and educate students, farmers, consumers, or children about the many challenges facing the planet today- and what each of us can do to make a difference.
Our interests and intended activities range from forest exploration walks to preserving agricultural biodiversity, from eco-camps for children to permaculture design courses, from fostering an enthusiasm for the Himalayas to creating awareness about food and farming issues amongst consumers.

 
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