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6-week Permaculture course at Heathcote Community

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Heathcote Community in Freeland, MD is offering a 6-week course in home-scale permaculture. The course begins Sept. 10 - 11.

Enjoy the bounty & beauty of an edible landscape… Reduce your dependency on fossil fuels… Replenish the water table…Tap your own natural resources: sun, wind, water, soil, flora & fauna…   

Permaculture, a term originated by Australian ecologists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, means permanent culture.  Using both ancient and modern knowledge, this methodology mimics universal patterns found in nature to create healthy human habitats.  Guided by ethical behavior, Permaculture is a system of designing ecologically inspired landscapes that integrate home food production, energy, shelter and water.  Participants will learn:
• A step-by-step design process that taps your creative genius
• Observation and site analysis to identify resource opportunities
• Bioregional ecosystems, diversity and natural patterns
• How to protect local watersheds and restore wildlife habitat
• Water harvesting and management in the landscape; detoxification with rain gardens 
• Nutrient recycling with grey water and composting toilets
• Identification of microclimates and zone planning for efficiency
• Renewable energy systems and small-scale appropriate technology
• Natural building and passive-solar home retrofitting
Fruit growing with forest gardens and plant guild design
• Intensive no-till food gardening, soil regeneration and composting
• How to cultivate forests, grains and cash crops
• Integration of domestic animals and aquaculture
• Social/economic strategies for urban/community scale food, energy and water security

Instructor: As a Permaculture designer, architect, and life-long organic gardener, Patty Ceglia is passionate about finding the ecological balance for productive potential of every site.  She teaches at Wilson College, where her students practice hands-on strategies at the 160 acre Center for Sustainable Living.

21300 Heathcote Road, Freeland, MD 21053

Six Weekends                                                             
Fall 2011 & Spring 2012                       
Sept. 10-11; Oct. 1-2; Nov. 5-6                                           
Mar. 3-4; Mar. 31 – Apr. 1; Apr. 28-29

Sliding scale fee:
Early bird $800 - $1,000
After August 10: $900 - $1,100

Register online at:  http://www.heathcote.org/cms/content/registration-form-home-scale-permaculture-design-course

For more information:
Visit:  http://www.heathcote.org/cms/content/home-scale-permaculture-design-course
Call: 410-357-9523 
Email: education@heathcote.org

“Through the collective intentional efforts of many individuals, a healing momentum can transform our planet into the radiant life source it is intended to be.” 

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