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Optical Surveying for Earthworks and Water
Advanced Permaculture Course with Tom Ward
6 days at Wolf Gulch Farm in Southern Oregon
October 10-15, 2017

Basic surveying and layout are essential skill sets for every farmer, homesteader, designer and consultant. Tom Ward teaches the use of many types of analog (non-battery operated) surveying tools, along with advanced skills in keyline, pond and swale layout, mapping, and other core knowledge necessary for design and execution of permaculture projects.

Students will become familiar with swale, terrace, ditch and pond layout, profile cross-section drawing, keyline and trail system locating, solar assessment, ditch and wiggle water way layout, small cabin orientation and pad layout, staking, note taking, and compass and map reading. We will use telescope-like devices and other hand tools such as sight levels, pocket transits, builders levels, A-frames and various vertical measurement rods, as well as measuring tapes and wheels. The course will include flagging for trails, swales and ponds, as well as observations on the landscape with mapping of plants, birds and trees.

The course is held at Wolf Gulch Farm where Tom has designed and surveyed trails, ponds, swales, keyline terraces, and water & irrigation systems over the last 15 years.  Tom Ward is a certified instructor with the Permaculture Institute of North America, and has been teaching and consulting for over 30 years.  This is a certified advanced course.

The permaculture design course is a prerequisite for getting a certificate from this course. Others may have the certificate held until they have taken their PDC. You must complete all six days of the course to get your certificate. The course is open to all who have a working knowledge of Permaculture.

Lots of additional information about the course is on our website at including student reviews and logistics.

Please register early and take advantage of the $100 discount.  (Early registration price is $525 and includes camping).
Early registration ends September 10th. Please contact us with any questions.
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