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New Course on Permaculture and Sustainable Systems for UrbanCommunities

  • Subject: [cg] New Course on Permaculture and Sustainable Systems for UrbanCommunities
  • From: Sharon Gordon <gordonse@one.net>
  • Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 09:49:54 -0500

This was posted on the permaculture list.  Thought some community gardeners
or community garden designers  might   want to take advantage of this.
In addition to personal garden plots, permaculture is very helpful when 
laying out
new community garden sites or improving existing overall designs.   Also, it
helps people learn to design sustainable home gardens and/or food forests.


Please pass the word ...

New course announcement:
Living Systems Design I: Permaculture & Sustainable Systems for Urban

When: conveniently scheduled across four weekends; Saturdays & Sundays
from 9:00-5:00.

*March 16th & 17th and 23rd & 24th;
*April 20th & 21st;
*May 18th & 19th.

Where: The Mountaineers, 300 Third Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119

Tuition: $1000 (includes all fees, in-class instructional materials, and

For more information and to register on-line, visit our website at
<www.lsdg.net> or call us at 206-546-3119. **Advanced registration

About the course:
Our introductory certification course, the first of our two-part course
series, is designed to impart basic principles and methodologies of
sustainable ecological design. The course will cover the standard
Permaculture Design Course curriculum with emphasis on urban, low-impact
design and sustainable community development.
Combining their various skills in permaculture, urban sustainability,
natural building, and community development, Mike Broili, Jonathan
Scherch, and guest lecturers will share a holistic approach to design
across the eight-day, four-weekend, course. Through lecture, discussion,
observation, field trips, and hands-on learning, participants will develop
the practical skills and knowledge to design and implement sustainable
systems in harmony with the natural world.

More specifically, our course will cover many themes such as:
*Principles & Ethics of permaculture and ecological design;
*Pattern theory and recognition;
*Features of topography including contours, soil, microclimates, slopes &
flows, etc.;
*Observation skills, site assessment and asset inventory;
*Harvesting, treating, storing, and conserving water;
*Useful plants and animals; integrated pest management techniques;
*Alternative energy sources, systems, and services;
*Mapping and "green building", low-impact site development, including
innovative stormwater surfaces-for-salmon, windbreaks, space-efficient food
production, composting, food forestry and plant guilds, etc.

About Permaculture:
The term "permaculture" was coined in 1978 by Australian Bill Mollison as a
contraction of "permanent agriculture" or "permanent culture". The term
today represents the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated
ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural
ecosystems. This system of design applies ecological principles and
appropriate technologies to gardening, food production, shelter, water,
energy, community development, alternative economic systems, and other
aspects of contemporary living.

A land use system that works with nature
permaculture creates a stable society by utilizing resources in a
sustainable way. By designing systems that are ecologically sound,
economically viable, and socially responsible, permaculture offers a
critical methodology for both rural and urban environments
For more information and to register on-line, visit our website at
<www.lsdg.net> or call us at 206-546-3119. **Advanced registration

Thank you.

Living Systems Design Guild, LLC
211 NW 201st
Shoreline, WA, 98177
Office: (206)-546-3119

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