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Permaculture Earthworks and Swales on Contour Workshop - June 22-24 - Quilcene, WA - David Ahlgren

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Permaculture Earthworks and Swales on Contour Workshop - David Ahlgren                            

June 22-24 near Quilcene, WA in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains

$100 per person if you register ahead  - $125 at the time of registration

Class Description:
Be a part of the initial development of a commercial permaculture farm in the foothills of  the Olympic Mountains!  Join world-renowned Permaculture Consultant, researcher and Educator David Ahlgren as we learn how to design, plan and develop a raw clear-cut into a viable farm using permaculture theory and techniques.
Class will cover all aspects of both this specific project and along with covering the methods needed for any restoration to regenerative project. Most sessions will be taught in a workshop style with open discussion and on-site decision making practices.

Sessions/Break down of topics
o Site Evaluation
o Access
o Planning
o Economics(surplus)
o Equipment
o Finding contours
o Swale Design and implementation
o Level Sills
o Swivel Joints
o Methods
o Equipment Demonstrations
o Pond integration and applications
o Round table discussion

Schedule: Friday – set up camp   Saturday - workshop 9-5    Sunday - workshop 9-3

Camping and cooking in an outdoor kitchen. Please bring food you’d like to share and we’ll cook it together. Campfire at night.

Registration:  E-mail Pat Rasmussen edibleforestgardens@gmail.com  with your name, e-mail, phone and what interests you about the workshop. Pay online with PayPal at my non-profit donation page or send a check to Edible Forest Gardens, PO Box 13273, Olympia, WA 98508.

Contact Pat at 509-669-1549.

David Algren’s BIO:

David Ahlgren is a seasoned and innovative permaculture consultant, educator, researcher and innovative land steward. He helped to plant his first food forest on the island of Guam at age 7. David was sent to the United States as an orphan when he was 16. In college, due to many city zoning citations for his agricultural and green-energy experiments on a small city lot, he purchased 13 acres for a home and permaculture research.
In 2007 David returned to the island of Guam for a consulting project to find his childhood food forest a self-sustaining and regenerating cornucopia of nutrient dense food. The contrast between the food forest and the surrounding conventional farms inspired David to dedicate the next 10 years to research and large scale food forest food production on his 120 acres in Oklahoma.

Thanks to both the education and mentorship of Geoff Lawton, the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and may others, David has succeeded at researching and developing methods of large scale food forest production using swales, insights from extensive observation, and innovation.  The researched methods of planning, integration and observation have proven to not only restore land but cause exponential growth of topsoil, diversity, nutrient density.

David has a Bachelors in Business Administration with a study emphasis in Economics and International Trade. This equips David to teach and apply realistic designs that can be applied on the large scale.
David's consulting portfolio includes over 10,000 acres of production across the nation.

In 2011, David started research and development in off-grid solar power applied to permaculture. Over the past 6 years he has engendered, installed and managed over 100kw of solar power resulting in over 1000Mw of sustainable energy harvest.

He has worked professionally in every major climate zone across the nation, consulting on homesteads, farms, cities and intentional communities.
Thanks to many great mentors, clients, friends and our beautiful universe, today David lives, works and plays as a Food Forest Designer, Permaculture Educator, Solar Power Engineer, Wholistic Life Coach, Community Planner, and Friend.

For the month of July – consulting offered by David:

For the month of July David will be making himself available for on-site consulting, workshops, teaching, public speaking, and mentoring, for anyone throughout Oregon and Washington. If you would like to reserve time in advance, you can contact him directly at 405-466-5558.

David Ahlgren at the Northwest Permaculture Convergence September 28-30, 2018 at Camp Singing Wind:

David will be doing a similar workshop Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, designing, laying out and digging swales on contour on the Camp Singing Wind land.
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We have some students taking their first Permaculture Design Course right now at Wheaton Labs outside of Missoula, MT... The "Peasant" PDC.

We finish up just in time (June 21st).  It will a be a bit of a pinch, but I know one or two that may very well be interested in heading directly over for this course.  I will pass on the word.

The bigger group, taking the Homesteaders PDC will be starting the following Monday, so no can do for them....
But maybe some that are taking the Appropriate Technologies Course would be interested in doing your course first before swinging a couple states over, to Montana.

Much luck on this one.  I'll pass the word and make sure they find your contact and registration information on this thread.


- C. E. Rice
Rental and Event Manager, Wheaton Labs
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177 hours of video: the 2017 Permaculture Design Course and Appropriate Technology Course
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