The Kansas Permaculture Institute is a Kansas not-for profit and parent organization for Kansas Permaculture Collaborative. The mission of the Kansas Permaculture Institute is to provide oversight in the development of permaculture course curriculum, to issue Permaculture Design Certificates, plan community educational events, workshops, permablitz events, land tours, and conduct basic research, and provide support and maintenance of Kansas regional permaculture demonstration sites .
Four Part Program Purpose:
I. The primary purpose of the program is to set standards for Permaculture Design Certification Courses. Course structure criteria include the following:
1. PDC course content and hours of participation (Currently 72 hours established by Mollison)
2. Achieve a balance of classroom style instruction & discussion complemented by hands-on field experience and design exercise activities.
3. Lead instructor experience and teaching qualifications. Recommended qualifications include the first and two or more in the following:
a. Advanced permaculture training. A minimum of completion of a Permaculture Design Certification Course.
b. Training with a qualified instructor or mentor, or having completed a PDC instructor training course (e.g. PRI certification)
c. Have 1 – 3 years of academic teaching experience (e.g. junior college level)
d. Have a specific number (6 hours) of college credit in life or natural sciences.
e. Have 2 or more years of practical experience in permaculture (e.g. internships and management of permaculture projects).
II. A second purpose is to maintain a record of those who have completed a Permaculture Design Certification Course and have been issued a certificate from the KPI.
III. A third purpose is to coordinate on-going training in permaculture, including:
1. Permaculture internships
2. Research projects
3. Course and workshop development
4. Professional development
IV. A fourth purpose is to engage in theoretical and field research in temperate climate permaculture through the following:
1. Applied research, e.g. plant guilds and mutualistic plant associations
2. Encourage and support Kansas regional permaculture demonstration sites and projects
3. Pursue grant funding for any and all of the above, possibly in partnership with private practitioners
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Permaculture Experiment Stations and Training Sites:
A number of Permaculture experiment stations and training sites have been operating in eastern Kansas from between one to thirty three years. They have been established through the efforts of community members that are committed to making a transition to sustainable living. Some of them are following:
PermaCommons Community Garden, Lawrence KS This community garden was established in late 2012 as a polyculture edible forest garden, and part of the City of Lawrence Common Ground Program. Designed by 7 permaculturists in design charettes and constructed by 46 community members in four perma-blitzes, it is operated by an average of a dozen members from the community. It is a co-operative effort where participants share in care, maintenance and harvest collectively. A greater function and purpose of the garden is to train novice gardeners in sustainable food production, e.g. permaculture. Learn more …..
Vajra Farm Permaculture Center, Oskaloosa, KS. Vajra Farm is a 45 acre farmstead and botanical sanctuary, located 17 miles north of Lawrence, KS. In 1996, Steve and Nancy Moring began developing the farm for teaching permaculture and organic farming methods. They have created multi-functional gardens, including a healing garden, mandala keyhole and suntrap gardens, and two food forests. The farm site is one of the venues for training students in the K.P.I. Permaculture Design Certification Courses, workshops and farm tours. They have an on-going apprentice and intern training program. Learn more…….
Forest Floor Permaculture, Lawrence KS Established by Michael Almon in 1980 on a one-half acre urban site located in the Brook Creek watershed on the east side of Lawrence KS, Forest Floor Permaculture is a nut and fruit centered forest garden. The site incorporates elements such as infiltration swales, a bog, native prairie, rainwater catchments, active solar water heating, and passive solar space heating of the residence. Students in the K.P.I. Permaculture Design Certification Courses regularly take practicum training there, and permaculture workshops and tours are frequently scheduled there. Mr. Almon conducts a four-season apprenticeship program.
Cedar Sky Farm, Leavenworth KS Cedar Sky is rural family farm located about 7 miles north of the City of Leavenworth, KS. Owned by the Stephenson family trust, it has been managed since 2010 as a permaculture enterprise by son-in-law Peter Maynard. Peter is creating a water harvesting system composed of swales, a pond, and terraced garden beds. He is also creating a food forest system with fruit and nut trees supported by guilds of beneficial & edible annual and perennial species. Learn more …..
Prairie Lovesong Farm, Linwood KS Prairie Lovesong is a 160 acre farm located near the community of Linwood, in southern Leavenworth county, KS. It is owned and managed by Mrs. Maryam Hjersted and her son Tim. In 2009 Maryam made the decision to develop her land in a sustainable way by creating a master plan using permaculture principles. She and other farmers received a USDA SARE grant to help establish a permaculture training site and two acre food forest orchard. Learn more …..