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Early Summer Farm and Nature Immersion Permaculture Design Certification Course

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2011 Prospect Rock Permaculture Design Certification Course:
June 19 - July 1, 2011
Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, VT

Burlington Permaculture and Prospect Rock Permaculture are pleased to offer our fourth-annual early summer Permaculture Design Certification course.  This year our course will be even further immersed in ecology and practice: held at Willow Crossing Farm- a regenerative organic family farm and now decade-old permaculture project on the beautiful Lamoille River and Vermont’s Long Trail.
The two week residential intensive course goes above and beyond the internationally recognized standard curriculum with focus on Social Justice, Food Security, Farm Design, Transition, Environmental and Outdoor Education, Natural Building, Horticulture Therapy, Community/ Commercial Scale Production and Propagation, Appropriate Farm Machinery and Tools, Professional Presentation and Graphic Representation of Designs, and visits to the vibrant farms, homesteads, nurseries, and ethical businesses that contribute to the resilient agricultural economy of northern Vermont. 
     Almost 100% of the food served during the course will come from the host site and immediately local farms visited during the course.  With abundant opportunities to see, practice, and implement permaculture solutions at varying scales, thorough grounding in the process of design and first-hand study of ecology, and led by some of the most experienced designers, farmers, and educators in Vermont and the Northeast- this course affords opportunities for development and engagement in personal and community resilience like no other.

Hands-on Design and Co-Creation of Vibrant, Wholly Nourishing Human Landscapes:

Together, we'll engage in whole-systems ecological design and implementation of permaculture solutions for a multi-use community garden specifically focused on the needs of food-insecure Vermonters.  Learn alongside students, architects, activists, community planners, homesteaders, farmers, business owners, and others while engaging in real world design problems, and being immersed the wild and cultivated beauty of a permaculture site.  Each student will also be guided in generating and presenting a design for a site of their own choosing.

Our approach explores the way human beings- as individuals and communities- can participate in the creation of ethical, socially just, and ecologically regenerative perennial support systems.  We apply the sciences of Ecology, Anthropology, Ethnobiology, and Evolution to agriculture, the built environment, and social and economic organization (‘invisible structures’) by integrating plants, animals, buildings, people, communities, economies, and the landscapes that surround us through careful analysis and thoughtful design.  We also practice permaculture ethics, principles, techniques, and skills by collaborating on real-world projects with an eye towards repairing, restoring, and regenerating human ecosystems.   

We welcome graduates of other permaculture design courses to refresh their certification, gain new perspective and experience, build their networks, and advance their practice with the Advanced Permaculture Design and Teacher/ Facilitator Training opportunities available at this site and through this course.

Permaculture is a design science focused on the intersection of social and ecological health.  We explore the relationships between the built environment, food security, energy, water, and natural communities, in order to retrofit this infrastructure to respond to the confluent crises of the 21st century with localized resilience, abundance, and ecological regeneration.  Build your skills and capacity by taking part!

Our dynamic natural site in the midst of an agriculturally vibrant area affords ample opportunities to study and observe wild ecology, fruit, nut, vegetable, and medicinal herb production, natural/ alternative beekeeping poultry care, natural building, alternative energy, community-scale resilience, etc. In addition to all farm sourced food, immersion in wild ecology, radical sustainability, and the site offers us the opportunity to swim, hike, paddle, and camp in the beauty and inspiration of the early Vermont summer. 

All farm sourced, local organic meals, travel to field trips, canoe and kayak use, and camping accommodation is included in the course cost of $1200.  There are other lodging options available at additional cost.  There are limited opportunities for professional development grants, work trade, scholarships, and other financial aid.  Discounted registration for groups, couples, referrals, and travel to the course by boat, bike, foot, or other non motorized means, is available for early registrations.  This course has historically filled quickly, please contact us to reserve your space as soon as possible.

As always, permaculture designers, activists, and alumni are welcome visit to present, review students designs, network, or just join us for a (very) local organic meal!  Many sessions will be open and free to interested public.

Instructors and guests include:  Keith Morris, Mark Krawczyk, Alissa White, Lisa DePiano, Andrew Faust, Skotty Kellogg, Starhawk, the Beehive Collective, and more!

This course is available for 4 credits through the University of Vermont.  This course qualifies for the Vermont Green professional development grants- Vermont residents may be eligible for up to $880 in aid.

To for more information, instructor bios, to register, or download a flyer to hang in your town, at you school, (or on your wall), visit:
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