Nov 8, 2012

University of Minnesota, APS 5101,Polyculture Design

APS 5101, Polyculture Design
Polyculture design is the design science of assembling plants into ecologically balanced systems. Natural polycultures are self-supporting plant communities in forests, wetlands, and prairies. This course will investigate ecological functions and services that are important components for sustainable horticultural design. Students will apply the ecological landscape design language and technique while using the permaculture design process to create ecologically functional plant communities. Crucial discussions will assess the solutions in horticultural design for adapting to accelerated climate disruption, and follow natures momentum as a guide to sustainable production systems. Lab sessions will demonstrate, and students will develop, the skills and foresight needed to assess, research, concept, design, and present polycultures in a sequential and professional process.  Intensive design labs are limited to 20 students. On-line lecture with weekly design lab. Two Saturday field trips.

10 weeks May - August 2013  Summer Session  Watch for Hort and CCE announcements.

1 comment:

Hostetter said...

I would love to take the course on line maybe Pass/fail I couldn't come to the design labs since I am in Georgia. Any ideas.


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