Tyler Ludens wrote:You can teach permaculture without teaching the PDC.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I think many people are confused about it, thinking you can only teach permaculture if you have a PDC and that you can only learn permaculture by taking a PDC. These misconceptions cause endless bitching and whining about "how expensive permaculture is" and "permaculture is a Ponzi scheme" etc.
Neil Layton wrote:I have a list of other issues too, having to do with the extent to which external inputs from mulching straw to supplementary livestock feed are not sustainable, along with the tendency of many of the teachers to use loads of heavy machinery, with all that implies for sustainability and our relationships with the rest of the planet, which is why I'm not even sure that I want to describe what I want to do as "permaculture".
Su Ba wrote:Todd and Neil, are you aware of the free online course going on right now being presented by OSU? So far, it's been a good overview of the basics.
there are some people locally to me doing free workshops linked to this MOOC: http://open.oregonstate.edu/courses/permaculture/
Jan Cooper wrote:I think you are all onto some ideas that an instructor could "harvest" to make their courses more effective. Since I've been reading and watching videos for some months getting more confused, would any of you care to tell me: what are the principles of Permaculture? A permaculture farm would look like____________________ and be based on these principles________________________. I see keeping water on the land. I see planting by zones. What else?
“the application of ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable food systems” (Stephen R. Gleissman: Agroecology: the Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems).
Jan Cooper wrote:Is creating food forests in the Permaculture design a part of Permaculture? I've see food forest being mentioned alongside of Permaculture. I ask because I see ideas being batted about but the ideas are more caught than clearly defined.