Jul 6, 2012

2nd Annual Urban Permaculture Design Certification Course


2nd Annual Milwaukee Urban Permaculture Design Certification Course
 August 18th-25th at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center

The held at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center.  We are very pleased to have Dan Halsey, of the University of Minnesota as our lead instructor (see his impressive bio below).

The course begins on Friday evening at 6pm at Concordia Gardens for registration and an evening potluck.  Classes will be held daily from August 18th-25th at the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center from 9-5. The last day of class will be August 26th from 9-12, where the certifications will be given to those who complete the course.  We are offering the course this year for only $900!  Limited discount scholarships are available and there is $100 discount for VGI members.

Each evening there may be supplementary events including movie viewing, potlucks, and groups discussions depending on the preferences of the group.  On Saturday the 25th at 6:30pm we will have our final potluck and talent show for all area Permaculturists, including last year’s course participants and any VGI folks that would like to join us for the fun.

The PDC course will cover the core curriculum as per the Bill Mollison certification school with a special emphasis on Urban Permaculture lead by local Milwaukeeans doing permaculture here in the city.  In order to obtain certification, each member of the course will implement the information learned in order to create a Permaculture Design for the Washington Park UEC.
Topics for design will be integrated into the PDC curriculum.

Urban Design I: Base Plan and Residential Site Assessment
(UD1)  Overview - Paper Language, Bubble Maps, Concept, Draft, Final Draft, Final Design
Assignment - Homestead Base Mapping Measurements
Demonstration - Site Assessment and Base Mapping

Urban Design II: Permaculture Concepts for the Urban Homestead
(UD2)  Classroom Pencil Practice - Tools, Landscape Symbols, Complete Your Base Map, and using Bum Wad
Assignment - Finish base map and start bubble maps
Demonstration - Access and Water Works

Urban Design III: The Design Progression
(UD3) Classroom Pencil Practice: Refining the concepts, allowing natures energy flow to enhance soil fertility and  - Transfer bubble concepts to draft Design.  Demonstration: Systems Thinking and Design

Urban Design IV: Draft Design Workshop - Spaces, Plants and Abundance
(UD4)  Classroom Pencil Practice - Style Demo, Practice and Supervised Work Session. Determining plant size and placement, polycultures, ecological functions and seasonal access. Assignment - Complete draft design Demonstration: Polyculture Design, Ecological Facilitation, Resource Partitioning

Urban Design V: Final Design and Supervised Work Session
(UD5)  Final Steps - Plant Selection, Ground Covers, Material Calculations, Implementation, Notes and Logistics
Demonstration - Plant Database Queries and Internet Resources

 PDC Topics include:
1. Philosophy of Permaculture:  Ethics and in Community
2. Concepts & Themes in Design: principals, yields, diversity, food webs
3. Methods of Design: the entire course will be based on creating a design for the Washington Park Urban Ecology Center
4. Patterns:  in nature, in society, boundary conditions, spirals and flows
5. Climate Factors:  zones, patterns, atmospheric factors,
6. Trees & their energy transactions: biomass, wind effects, trees  & precipitation
7. Water: Cycles, Conservation, Storage, Purification
8. Soils: Classifications, Health, Nutrients, Rehab, Soil-Food Web
9. Earthworking & earth resources
10. Implications for various climates:  humid tropics, dryland, cool to cold climates
11. Aquaculture  
12. Strategies for an alternative urban and global nation: Invisible Structures such as: politics, community, economics, policies, and effective communication and working group

Register here.  Contact Gretchen Mead for more information.

Are you a trained permaculturist?  We are still hiring guest teachers for this year’s course and will be posting a position for an educator in the future. Send your resume, you may be the one we’re waiting for!

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