Spring PDC

Spring Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Weekends March 16-May 4, 2014

Finally, the best education you never had.  302117_297371913627943_1015302889_n[1]Designed by practitioners for practitioners, each weekend involves hands-on learning, visits to various example sites, and multiple expert regional presenters. Learn to design, implement, and manage the backyard, homestead, small farm, and lifestyle of your dreams, as we explore the intricacy and interconnection of the natural world.

In addition to an in-depth exploration of various topics, each weekend course ties the material to permaculture practice and theory as we explore the standard 72-hour PDC material.  Enroll in the individual courses you like or take the whole series to earn your Permaculture Design Certificate from Solid Ground Farm. Register Now.

THEORY AND PRINCIPLES OF PERMACULTURE
March 15 and 16, 2014

Learn the ethical and theoretical basis of permaculture (permanent-agriculture-culture). Explore the principles and practices that lead to an integrated, low-maintenance, regenerative homestead and lifestyle, as we explore the patterns that connect us all.  Includes valuable design information and strategies based on biomimicry for landscape development, homestead and small farm design, business planning and more.  Led by Weston Lombard of Solid Ground Farm with additional presentations by local practitioners.

FOREST GARDEN DESIGN
March 22 and 23, 2014
Observing and familiarizing ourselves with native ecosystems and plant communities, we learn to use nature as a model for designing our own “forests”, creating integrated systems that produce year-round supplies of food, animal forage, fuel, fiber, and medicinals.   Led by Weston Lombard and Kurt Belser with guest presenters Pete Woyar and Dr. Frank Porter.  View last year’s schedule here.

BUILDING FERTILITY
April 5 and 6, 2014
The foundation of prosperity is rich, fertile soil.  Join us as we explore strategies to nourish and perpetually improve a living soil.  Topics covered include the soil food web, desertification, vermiculture, thermophilic compost, cover crops, mulch, bio-char, and compost teas.  Led by  Marilyn McHugh and Chris Kennedy of the Hummingbird Project and Kathy Jacobson of the Broadwell Hill Learning Center.  View last year’s schedule here.

INTEGRATIVE LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT
April 12 and 13, 2014
Learn the important roles that animals play in a sustainable agriculture system.  Visit traditional and not so traditional farms to learn everything livestock from housing options and animal “tractors”, to foraging and nutrient cycling, rotational grazing, and integration with a permaculture system.  With expert help, design the livestock system that suites your needs.  Led by Sasha Sigetic from Integration Acres.  Includes site visits and special guests JB and Charlene King of King Family Farm, Neil Perin of Arcadian AcresBlackhaven Farm, and more.   See last year’s weekend outline here.

NATURAL BUILDING BASICS
April 26 and 27, 2014
Join us for a tour of the owner built natural homes of Athens, Ohio as we experience firsthand the range of local materials and endless ingenuity of the area.  Through numerous site visits and the building of a wood fired cob oven, we will learn the basics of small home design.

Led by Weston Lombard of SGF and Chris Fox of Fox Natural Construction, includes visits to natural builders homes and discussion with Wes Thompson, Piper Avolokita, and more.
View last year’s weekend schedule here.

SOCIAL PERMACULTURE AND CLOSED LOOP SYSTEMS
May 3 and 4, 2014

This weekend we tie it all together with a big picture look at permaculture in action.   Beginning with a panel discussion of “strategies for an alternative nation” we learn to apply permacuture in our own lives and communities.  With our toolboxes now complete we will apply our considerable knowledge to designing functional permaculture systems integrating all aspects of permacultre design.  Assisted by local practitioners and designers final projects will  be completed and presented to the public. (This weekend is only available to those taking the full course).  View last year’s weekend schedule here.  View final design project guide here.

Where to Stay
All out of town guests will have the option of camping on the farm, or pitching an air mattress in the barn “gym”.    If you are local, please consider commuting.

If you want a more comfortable vacation experience Sand Ridge B and B is only 2 miles down the street and offers wonderful hospitality plus a discount to anyone in the course.

How Much Does It Cost?
$100 per weekend.  The full 6 weekend course is $500 for students and those who register before Jan. 15, 2014 or $600 otherwise.

To Register download and complete this registration form and mail to:

Solid Ground Farm
13262 Liars Corner Rd
Millfield, OH 45761

Contact Weston Lombard at
740-856-6299, email westonlombard@gmail.com, or “like” Solid Ground Farm on Facebook to receive updates on course information and other sustainable living topics.

 

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