Permaculture Institute in Brookings!

What to do this summer…

From: Glacial Lakes Permaculture!

“Well-known Australian permaculturist, Darren Doherty, will be offering a two-week Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course on the campus of South Dakota State University, June 4-17. The intensive, 72-hour course will lead participants through the history, theory, and practical application of Permaculture and culminate in a formal design project of their own making. Successful completion of the course will result in the award of a Permaculture Design Certificate.

Permaculture, which originated in Australia in the 1970s, is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, building, people, and communities. The philosophy behind Permaculture is one of working with, rather than against nature, to meet human needs.

Topics covered during the PDC will include:

History, theory, ethics, and principles of Permaculture
Nature-friendly house placement and design
Keyline Design, Holistic Management® and Carbon Farming
Energy conservation techniques for all climates
Recycling and waste management
Organic food production
Water harvesting, irrigation systems management
Waste water treatment systems
Ecological pest control
Soil rehabilitation and erosion control
Livestock systems
Catastrophe preparedness and prevention
Windbreaks and fire control
Community development
Enterprise development models
GIS/CAD design, project costing and management

Doherty, owner of Australia Felix Permaculture, is a registered teacher with the Permaculture Institute of Australia and has taught on more than 30 PDCs (more than 10 solo) across the world with renowned teachers such as Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, the two co-originators of the Permaculture concept.

Since 1993, Doherty has been a full-time Permaculture designer, involved with the design and development of more than 1,100 properties including apartment balconies to 110,000-acre ranches. He has extensive international experience in Permaculture design and management on four continents and is considered a pioneer in the field of retrofitting broadacre agricultural systems. In addition, Doherty is a qualified Whole Farm Planner (University of Melbourne), Approved Keyline Design Consultant, & Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) Trainer.

Darren’s design experience in Permaculture is wide-ranging. His work on broadacre farm design should be of particular interest to many people interested in converting some or all of their farmland into a Permaculture.

The cost of the 72-hour PDC training is $800 and will include the cost of instruction, as well as twice-daily tea/coffee breaks. As an added bonus, the course includes an evening Permaculture Film Series.

Seven (7) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for those completing the 2-week course.

This Permaculture Design Course is hosted by Glacial Lakes Permaculture Education, a South Dakota non-profit based in Estelline, in collaboration with Project Sustainability at SDSU, the SDSU Sierra Club (student chapter) and the Office of International Affairs.”


Sign up soon–space is limited–this is a really special opportunity for this area!


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