A very active time…a good(tho smallish) hay crop in the barn, garlic ready to be pulled, veggies and weeds booming with some much welcomed summer rain, tree crops coming abundantly, our 3rd generation flint corn liking the intense heat, and not quite enough hands to keep up with it all as we are feeling our ages (61 & 65) more these days.
Want to learn more in depth about Permaculture Design in real time and space? Read on!
Starting this December 7th and continuing through 2014, Motheroak Permaculture will be offering, at least twice, a two weekend(3 days each: Sat./Sun./Mon) workshop series on permaculture design. The first weekend will provide a distillation/overview of the Permaculture Design Course(PDC) “fundamentals” curriculum–toolkit strategies & techniques and more- and the second weekend(tentatively scheduled for late February 2014) will be an in depth look at core permaculture design principles i.e the “thinking tools” and more. In addition to “classroom” time, we will have outdoor activities as well as some hands-on ones. The weekend schedules and course outlines(see “weekend workshops detail.”) will be posted at www.novascotiapermaculture.net.
This series is not intended to substitute for the 72 hour/ two week PDC course, nor will there be any certificates offered.
However, if you are keen on learning about and seeing some Pc design ‘in action,’ this series may be just what you’re looking for. While weekend one is open to all, it will be a prerequisite (or equivalent experience)for weekend two. The cost for either weekend separately is $250, but if you register for both(with prepaid deposit) that will drop to $225ea or $450 for both. Because our cold weather accomodations are limited, the first weekends will be limited to 10 participants in house, so please register early. All meals, from lunch Saturday to lunch Monday are included, as well as indoor bed spaces.
Motheroak Permaculture, in conjunction with(and formerly part of) Highland Farm, has been under organic management for over 25 years. Our youngish(5yrs) permaculture design demonstration site, while still evolving, provides many clear examples of design principles and strategies at work on and integrated with a working organic market garden farm. Alex DeNicola, the primary presenter/ organizer , has been farming ecologically since the early nineties. For over the last ten he has been increasingly incorporating permaculture onto the site, and has completed both the Permaculture Design Course and Permaculture Teacher training, as well as having hosted a fair share of tours and events.
Please register by contacting alex at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on what permaculture design is about, www.permacultureactivist.net is an excellent resouce.
It’s been many months since our last posting–mostly because we are so busy with our design implementation, the market gardens, interns, new community members, and more. we will soon be creating a foto gallery, as well as invitations and criteria for future internships.
As the world seemingly continues burning/ sinking/ turning and travelling on, the need for the sane and simple solutions of permaculture only increase. the broad patterns as well as many details of our site design are now in place, and at only approx. 16 months old are working fine. we look forward to sharing and will install the fotos soon. as for now, most of the pics are on “our newly installed design” page. if you’d like to get in touch please email alex –the at is of course@– alexdenicolaathotmail.com