Friday, June 12, 2009
Introduction to Permaculture
Tomorrow I am going to attend the first part of this Permaculture course with http://www.veryediblegardens.com. If you're living in Melbourne and have an interest in Permaculture, growing your own veggies and want to get in touch with like minded people their website is well worth a visit. They run courses on no dig garden beds, keeping chooks, how to make worm farms and all sorts of other things.
An Introduction to Urban Permaculture
Duration: Two days
Permaculture is a broad design system for building sustainable human habitats, drawing inspiration from patterns in natural systems. Topics covered in this course include context and an introduction to permaculture ethics and design principles, illustrated with topics relevant to home food production and frugal resource use, such as garden design, water catchment and use, urban animals, companion planting, caring for soil. Includes case studies and design examples. Hands-on activities include marking out contours on slopes and making a good compost pile. The course material is broken up with illustrative games and group work. Participants receive a handout covering all the topics on the course and a certificate of completion. The course caters to backyard permaculture but also encourages people to look outside the home for opportunities and resources in the community, to visualise how we can create a healthier and happier urban environment. Also information about how to get involved in the Permablitz network.