2018 Spring Permaculture Design Certification Courses
January 25 – May 5, 14-Week PDC, University of Kansas Environmental Studies Program, Evrn 338, Lawrence, KS
2018 Spring Community Permaculture Design Certification Course
The Kansas Permaculture Institute will hold a 12-week Permaculture Design Certification Course in Spring 2018. The course meets on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons each week and will cover the principals and practice of designing properties ranging in size from an urban lot to a farm. Successful completion of the design project and all scheduled class and field sessions is required to earn a Permaculture Design Certificate at the end of the course. This course will be taught by a group of permaculture teachers who have many years of experience applying the principals from this course in the central plains bio-region. The course will begin the week of 1/29 and end the week of 4/16.
Peak Oil and Climate Change are two interrelated adversities that face our communities as we move into the 21st century. We have collected a series of articles that relate to our food security and the consequences of energy depletion and environmental change. The take away message is that we as individuals and communities can begin steps to mitigate these problems is a positive and sustainable manner.
Eating Fossil Fuels by Dale Allen Pfeiffer, Oil, Food and the Coming Crisis in Agriculture
Shift to an Ecological Economy by Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, A presentation given to the Kansas Rural Center’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Essence of Permaculture by David Holmgren, Permaculture, designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature and provide an abundance of food, fiber and energy.
A Sustainable Agricultural Perspective on Food Safety, Nov. 11, 2010 from the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition
What is “Permanent Culture” and what are the pieces that go into building real local sustainability?
For those already familiar with the term “Permaculture”, the leading descriptions would likely include the term “Design”. Permaculturists design whole system sustainable environments…and as a whole system, that can expand out about as far as your imagination.
Good design, driven by creativity, can expand and renew even the most archaic and decrepit failed systems, environments and locales. When we discard the Tyranny of Either/Or, and work together to fashion a vision of action geared towards helping our communities, amazing transformation can happen.
This TED talk by Emily Pilloton, of Project H Design is one such example of the power of community, creativity and good design.
Eleven year old Birke Baehr grew up wanting to be a professional football player. Now, he wants to be an Organic Farmer. His reason is simple… but you’ll have to hear it from him. 5 minutes of brilliance.
Ran across this EXCELLENT video from another food activists website. It’s an interview of “Farmer Brad”, a local farmer in Texas that is operating a CSA for a few hundred families.
NOTE: There has been a lot of folks weighing in on local food safety issues because of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) which came out of the Senate as S 510. I’ve seen folks disparage the spokesman on this video because he is “a conservative”.
We are talking about Local Food here. We all eat it… we all need it… and many folks want to be able to grow it without being hampered by excessive regulation, or the need to apply for a “permitted exception” to grow food for our communities.
This is about growing food, not about peoples politics. Anyway… nuff said 🙂
If you are interested in hearing what a farmers take is on new regulations… one that touches on all the issues that matter to folks who believe eating food is good, give a listen to “Farmer Brad” of Home Sweet Farm.