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It's that time again! Time to gear up for the Permaculture Design Course for Scientists, Engineers, and Educators near Missoula, Montana.

This year's PDC will take place  Sunday June 16 Through  Saturday June 29, 2019.


This Permaculture Design Course will have a strong focus on much more advanced participants who want a deeper dive into Permaculture. Be prepared for heavy, in-depth study and design, as this course it geared toward those who have studied permaculture, homesteading, science and/or engineering.



Immediately after the course, many students will also be attending the
ATC (Appropriate Technology Course) which runs from July 1st - 12th 2019.



The course will also include a full tour of the facilities.

Visit the official PDC page HERE
You'll find the official content of the course, as well as all the information you need to register for the course.

Purchase your tickets HERE!

 

Alan Booker - 2019 PDC Instructor

Alan graduated from Auburn University in Electrical Engineering with a focus on computer architecture and neural networks. He currently has over 25 years of experience as a systems engineer and systems architect working in digital telecommunications and large-scale computer systems.

As he gained experience in the industry throughout the 1990’s, Alan began to understand the long-term problems being created by modern design practices. In researching possible solutions, he became interested in Permaculture due to its holistic design approach and track record of creating workable solutions in a wide range of climates and ecosystems around the world.

In addition to teaching the PDC, Alan also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

Alan is the founder and lead instructor of the Eldenbridge Institute, which provides education and research in support of regenerative communities.

Alan's full bio can be found at the Eldenbridge Institute's website.


Paul Wheaton - 2019 PDC Guest Instructor

Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture, was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques, which a recent study showed to have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron, and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.


Staff note (Jocelyn Campbell):

More information on accommodations here. Please ask questions in this thread first. If you have a private question, e-mail is best. For workshop questions: workshop AT richsoil.com For rental or accommodation questions: bunks AT richsoil.com

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Oh damn!  We forgot to list that!

March 31st will be the last day for the earlybird price.
 
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Registration sent for the ATC and confirmation email received!
 
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Will there be an online course with similar content available?
 
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Chris Wang wrote:Will there be an online course with similar content available?



We have video of a previous PDC and ATC at https://pdcvid.com
 
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So the PDC page has been updated to show that the early bird price ends on march 31.   Anything else that needs a bit of a tidy?



https://richsoil.com/pdc.jsp




https://richsoil.com/atc.jsp




 
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Im hoping that the videos from these courses will be all put together like the 2017 one and sold to us folks that couldnt make it. I will be the first in line as soon as it becomes available!

 
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At this time there is no plan to video this course.
 
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Aww man! Thats too bad. The atc topics and the indepth nature of the pdc for engineers, teachers etc seem wonderful and a totally next level experience from the 2017 version.

Well, hopefully at least some pieces of all those great things are released out to those who cant make it!

I totally want to say we would come film if you wanted that. Just to make sure all of that golden information gets recorded. No clue how we would make that happen... but where there is a will...

Cheers
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Bryan,

Are you an experienced videographer?

 
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Hi Paul,

I am not an experienced videographer. But I am good with technology, quick to learn things, creative, and willing to work hard to improve.

I have helped with other peoples projects including my wife’s kickstarter, and have experience with theater directing, lighting and sound production - some of those skills transfer.

If we went forward with this idea, I would spend the next three months leveling up to be ready for the experience!

I hope you might strongly consider the possibility. :)

Cheers
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Gonna let this go at this time.
 
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No prob. :)
 
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I wish i could make it this year. It hurts me to miss another one. Hopefully next year!!
 
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This one falls precisely in the due date delivery window for #3. Want to add "How to deliver a baby the traditional way" to the course list?

Do you anticipate doing another PDC like this that is more technically geared for Scientists-Engineers-Educators? Like an every other year rotation?
 
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I would like to make this a regular event.  I very much like Alan's style - and the type of student he attracts.
 
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What is the definition of 'experienced'?
 
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If you have to ask...  

this course it geared toward those who have studied permaculture, homesteading, science and/or engineering



 
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Note that the main web page, https://richsoil.com/pdc.jsp, with the schedule, mentions the tour on the Saturday before the PDC starts. Now, we've added another tour option on the Sunday after.

Tours are:
June 15, Saturday
or
June 30, Sunday


Tours start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and meet behind the shop/auditorium (in Arrakis) to get started. If you are late, you could miss the group. Pack your own lunch for a lunch break (we won't have meals going for the PDC or ATC on these days), and the tour resumes after lunch. Be prepared for uneven and steep ground at times, and being outdoors in Montana weather. We used to do the tour in about three to four hours (cue the Gilligan's Island theme song!), though now it takes about 6 hours, and can even be 8 hours long if there are a lot of questions.

 
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Jocelyn, Kay Gelfling has some questions she posted here: https://permies.com/t/62306/permaculture-projects/Parents-kids-pdc#915166

Could you help her or refer someone to help answer her questions?
 
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Anne Miller wrote:Jocelyn, Kay Gelfling has some questions she posted here: https://permies.com/t/62306/permaculture-projects/Parents-kids-pdc#915166

Could you help her or refer someone to help answer her questions?


Thanks Anne - dunno how I missed that - I'm on it!!

 
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Anne Miller wrote:Jocelyn, Kay Gelfling has some questions she posted here: https://permies.com/t/62306/permaculture-projects/Parents-kids-pdc#915166

Could you help her or refer someone to help answer her questions?



Anne, thank you so much! =)

I, um... I asked a couple more questions. (Same subject, clarification questions.) Thank you all for the help!
 
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Kay Gelfling wrote:

Anne Miller wrote:Jocelyn, Kay Gelfling has some questions she posted here: https://permies.com/t/62306/permaculture-projects/Parents-kids-pdc#915166

Could you help her or refer someone to help answer her questions?



Anne, thank you so much! =)

I, um... I asked a couple more questions. (Same subject, clarification questions.) Thank you all for the help!


Answered! Follow that link from Anne above for some rather thorough replies to Kay, the last part of which includes descriptions of parking and camping (and RV) situations at base camp.

 
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