Foodshed Design Charrette

Foodshed definition: The geographical area where we get our food from.

For most of us our foodshed has come to encompass the entire planet.

However things have become backwards here in Florida to the point of us no longer being self sustained in spite of our extended growing periods. Our world renowned oranges and tomatoes are exported while the oranges and tomatoes in our stores are from California. It is not a sustainable way to produce food.

The Tampa Bay area is able to grow a large portion of the food we eat within a local radius of 100 miles. By increasing our capacity to produce and distribute food locally, we can reduce the energy costs of food production, distribution and consumption as well as creating more local resilience, better health, and stronger local economics.

What would it take to do this? We will launch a series of meetings to address some of the missing parts of local food production in the Tampa Bay area this Sunday afternoon.

If you are interested in local food from any angle, whether a distributor, farmer, consumer, edible gardener, investor, chef, community member, policy maker, healthcare provider, or a Floridian, this meeting will be of interest to you.

The format will be a design charrette – which is a group of people working together to design something they have a common interest in. It is a formal process, with much room for creativity and dialogue. We hope to see you there!

Bring a notebook, comfortable clothing, and your passion and ideas in regard to local food production!

When: May 6, 2018
Time: 1:30-5 PM
Where: Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, 33755
What: Designing Our Foodshed, Together
Cost: Free – donation of any amount is appreciated

October 23 – Nov 4, 2018 – Intensive Permaculture Design Course – Our Permaculture Farm, Brooksville.

Our fall Intensive Permaculture Design Course will be held Oct 23-Nov 4, 2017. It is our 21st design course.

This is an intensive two week course held at our permaculture farm north of Tampa about 20 minutes from Weeki Wachee, FL. Students will have the opportunity to participate with and observe permaculture systems installation and operate in an immersive environment, including appropriate tech, innovative greenhouse solutions, perennial food systems, animals, solar and more. This is a small, diverse farm with many different elements and examples of permaculture that can be translated to a wide variety of settings, urban or rural. The course will address strategies and techniques for both urban and rural areas in different climates and circumstances. We will be midst setting up new food production systems and water catchment systems during the course (with our staff and volunteer crew) and students will have the opportunity for daily hands on involvement with a number of farm tasks and ongoing installations.

The farm is located in a unique sandhill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. We have many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, Steve Szmidt others TBA.

Location:

Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

There will be a one day field trip Oct 22, and there will be apprenticeship opportunities after the training, for those who would like to delve more deeply into applying what they’ve learned.

For people who may have difficulty spending all 13 days on the design course, we have options to let you catch up on some days.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. Permaculture is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

The training is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. We will offer written materials and study aids and exercises before the course and urge students to use them, as you will get much more out of the course. If you complete these materials, you will receive three days’ credit and can attend 9 days only.

Some of the subjects covered include:

Permaculture design ethics and principles

Master planning and site analysis
Reading the landscape
Pattern recognition in nature and society
Organic, intensive gardening and farming
Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
Soil building
Composting and vermicomposting
Designing sustainable water use
Water harvesting and greywater techniques
Building food forests
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
Aquaculture
Alternative pest management
Natural building, regenerative building technology
Reducing energy costs in your home
Best forms of alternative energy
Appropriate technology including solar
Self-reliant living, urban and rural strategies
Boosting your career with permaculture
Sustainable economies
Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
Community revitalization and rebuilding
Successful strategies for intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural
This course exceeds the requirements laid out by permaculture founder Bill Mollison for the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The training provides a deep and wide overview of permaculture design, focusing on skill sets you can apply immediately. It is a thorough introduction to a subject that has many levels and areas of expertise and professional practice. Further study is available through our apprenticeship programs and advanced study.
Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

Artists
Community activists
Do it yourselfers
Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
Environmentalists
Gardeners
Green architects/builders
Green consultants
Homesteaders
Landscapers
Natural health practitioners
Non-profit/community organizers
People who care about the earth and each other
People who love healthy food
Permaculturists
Policy makers
Professionals (of many types)
Recent college graduates
Students
Urban and rural farmers
Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
Yoga practitioners
Early bird course fee is $1,050 through June 30, 2018. The full rate is $1,395. This fee covers all costs, including materials, three healthy meals per day and camping. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot. Please have your full payment in by Sep 22.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal’s Buy Now button on the right side of this web page. We offer a limited number of partial scholarships and work study.

For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or courseinfo@growpermaculture.com.

Testimonials:
“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun!”

“Realization: Permaculture is a thought process that can be applied to all systems.”

“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together.”

“I found this course to be very intense and comprehensive. At first it was a bit overwhelming but the key points were repeated over and over as the course progressed. About halfway thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture farms and installations. Discussion made me start to think about application and discern the successful from the less or non-successful.”

“The comprehensive dovetailing of skills, data and disciplines which then got used to create a design came together so beautifully – I know I can do this now.

It’s like a giant puzzle that you work and work till all the pieces fit . It changed my thinking and made me so much more aware. I believe that I am more responsible, aware and empowered from knowing what I now know. And there’s hope for the future.

I also feel I have met my GROUP! The friendships and contacts I’ve made on this course will be for a lifetime. ”

“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course!”

“I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on.”

“Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand.

If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her.

This is what permaculture is.

Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already.”

“I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow. Thanks!!!”

Grow Permaculture is a professional permaculture design organization that does consulting, design work, and education for a variety of projects. We have a permaculture farm near Brooksville and an abundant urban site in the Tampa Bay area. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees. We are invested in co-creating our local community to be everything it can be. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connection into the fabric of everything, regenerating both human culture and the natural world in the process.

Edible Landscaping – March 17, 2018

Edible Landscape Design

We will focus on basics you need to know in order to grow food in Florida.

Learn:

Top plants to use for Southwest Florida edible landscaping – beautiful, easy to grow, high in nutrition, and delicious

Basics of soil building and composting

Basics of propagating and growing from seed

Hands on work in the garden and food forest

Florida-friendly “no-watering or low-watering” methods of planting

Strategies for a relatively carefree garden

Take home an edible plant for your landscape!

Cost: $25

Time: 1-4 PM

Date: March 17, 2018

Location: Our Permaculture Farm, 11251 Salina St, Brooksville, FL 34614

Growing Food Abundantly – March 3-4, 2018

This is a stand alone weekend workshop that is also part of the Permaculture Design Course. Attend this workshop if you want to learn more about food forests, growing food from seed to harvest, and other aspects of regenerative gardening and farming.

This workshop will happen at our 10 acre permaculture farm in Brooksville. You will see gardens and a young food forest in action as well as our soil building methods. We will cover why food forests work and how to make plant choices, create plant guilds, etc. We will go over specific permaculture plants that are great for Florida edible landscapes and get hands on experience from planting seeds to trees.

Cost: $195

When: March 3-4, 9AM- 5PM

Where: Our Permaculture Farm – 11251 Salina St, Brooksville, 34614

Beginning Botany for Permaculturists – March 31, 2018

1 Day Workshop

Learn about the plant kingdom from a professional botanist. We will learn and practice identifying plants by their leaf patterns, flowers and fruits. We will focus on plants and plant families that are important to permaculturists for food, medicine, nutrient accumulators, supporting pollinators and other uses. We will also identify some invasive plants that can overtake and smother your garden, and useful natives and yard weeds. Classroom time will be interspersed with time spent walking around in the garden.

Understanding the patterns of plants can greatly aid permaculturists be more successful in their gardens and their design work. It can accelerate your progress in learning about new plants and help you understand the ecosystem of your food forest more deeply.

Instructor:

Diane Willis is a professional botanist with 30 years of experience performing wetland assessments all over Florida. She has taught many workshops on plant identification to professional biologists. For the past several years, she has taught workshops on beginning botany to herbalists, and has learned much from them about how to use native plants and weeds for food and medicine. She became a permaculture designer in 2013, and recently became a Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner in 2017.

Date: March 31
Time: 9-5
Location: Our Permaculture Farm
Price: 95

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of http://growpermaculture.com. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or courseinfo@growpermaculture.com.

Light lunch included

Permaculture Day Tour Tampa – April 10, 2018

Visiting regenerative sites with a veteran permaculture designer as the tour guide can be a rich and deep experience. See the elements of permaculture in action while having them explained and getting your questions answered about them , etc. We will tour three different regenerative sites in Pinellas County to get a good overview of what is being done in our area to create sustainable landscapes and human systems. Example of sites we will see: 1. An urban homestead – This site has beautiful fruit trees, edible landscaping, annual gardens, plus bees, chickens, solar and more. 2. A platinum LEED green building – We will examine strategies you can use to retrofit your home, and learn about how to increase yields in your home

3. A community permaculture site – See the various ways that permaculture can integrate with a community to enrich it, as well as produce a great garden! You will see a variety of unusual and familiar edible plant selections, where they do well in the landscape, how to increase the yield of your home, reduce costs and energy use, learn about a variety of options for landscaping your home, see some appropriate tech devices such as sun ovens, and more. You will go home with cuttings of some plants. April 10, 2018, 10 AM to approximately 3 PM.

Day rate: $35. Koreen Brennan and others will be tour guides.

Free Introduction to Permaculture 9am-noon, Jan 6 & Jan 27, 2018

The workshop is given on two days for those who cannot make the first one.

Want to get a better idea of what permaculture really is and what it can do?

Permaculture design is an effective tool to help you really make a difference, whether by gaining access to healthier food, reducing pollution, healing the earth, creating more economic stability, or building stronger and healthier communities. Explore what permaculture can do for you and your life. Be the change you want to see!

This three hour free workshop will cover what permaculture can do for you and for society from a number of different angles. We will introduce principles that you can use with your own gardening or home or community, to grow healthy food, and create more resilience and abundance.

You will learn specific permaculture design techniques you can apply immediately to increase abundance for yourself and loved ones while helping the environment. Permaculture design gives you the tools to:

– Grow healthy, organic food with little maintenance needed, by working with nature
– Use permaculture principles even in an apartment or condo
– Reduce costs of living
– Tap into or help build supportive community networks
– Achieve more economic stability
– Design your life toward more health and abundance
– Join us at this information, lively and interactive lecture.

Koreen is a permaculture and edible landscape designer and is in demand as a keynote and transformational speaker on the subject of abundant living.

Moccassin Lake Nature Park is a beautiful 50 acre nature preserve in Clearwater with boardwalks, lakes, and a state of the art community center where we will meet.

9am to noon.
Moccasin Lake Nature Preserve
2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, FL

To register for the FREE workshop or for more info, email courseinfo@growpermaculture.com, or call 727-495-6145 or 727-266-0477.

Urban Permaculture Design Course Tampa Bay – Jan 6-June 3 & Jan 27-28

The first weekend class is being repeated on Jan 27-28 for those who could not make it.

gardenThe course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, and skill building. It is extended over five months to give students maximum time to absorb the information and put it into practice. This schedule also allows people with busy schedules to take the course. It is also possible to make up classes if one cannot make every weekend. The course will meet the first weekend of every month except for January, which will meet the second weekend.

There are volumes of material on permaculture on the internet. Our course offers focused and relevant written material, hands on practice, and interactive learning that will aid students to master key concepts. Materials are designed to guide students in continuing their education after the course, and we also offer apprenticeship opportunites. Instructors are veteran, professional designers and educators who have a wide range of on-the-ground design experience; this experience can help you shorten your learning curve, time, and expense significantly.

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, others to be announced.

We continue to refine and expand our curriculum based on feedback from dozens of students regarding what helps them learn best. We incorporate multiple learning styles including hands on, visual aids, immersion, lecture, interaction, and more. Our choice of materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information, written materials, networking and career opportunities, and design tools are the result of this feedback. We live in this community and care about its future and we continue to work with graduates in the community to create something better, together.

Homes, work places, gardens, farms, ranches, communities, businesses, local economies, or cities that are designed with permaculture principles and techniques are more resilient; they use resources in a regenerative way, ensuring that we, our children and our grandchildren will have access to all the resources we need. By incorporating people care into the equation, this process becomes deeply enjoyable too.

This course attracts students from all over Florida and beyond. Carpooling is often available, and housing can usually be arranged (in a graduate’s home in the area usually). Students meet others who think like they do, and often make life long friendships during the course; some find new career or lifestyle opportunities. Be the change you would like to see, and be effective at it, by designing that change!

Some of the subjects covered include:

Permaculture design ethics and principles
Creating abundance with natural patterns
Nutrient dense “beyond organic” gardening and farming
Grow more food with less work by working with nature
Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
Building rich, live soils
Designing sustainable water use
Greywater and rainwater catchment
Building food forests
Agroforestry and ecoagriculture, regenerative farming
Aquaculture
Composting and vermicomposting
Alternative pest management
Natural building, regenerative building technology
Reducing energy costs in your home
Best forms of sustainable energy
Appropriate technology
Boosting your career with permaculture
Sustainable economics
Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
Community revitalization and rebuilding
Successful intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

Take advantage of the early bird rate of $990 until December 20, after that the full rate is $1,100. This cost covers course materials, field trips, mentoring and all classes. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.

Payment plans, work study and scholarships may be available, please ask.

Location: Moccasin Lake Nature Preserve, Clearwater, FL, and other nearby locations. Sat & Sun 9am – 5pm on the first weekend each month.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal cart on growpermaculture.com. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or courseinfo@growpermaculture.com.

Here’s what our graduates say:

“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun! GH

“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together. JJ

“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course! DM

“I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow. Thanks!!! MM

“I am so grateful for your instruction Koreen, truly a wonderful and transformational experience. I will treasure and put in practice the permaculture ethics & principles every day, integrating them in my immediate environment and eventually reach out to my community. Thanks again for the excellent course, honored to have your friendship and be a part of the Grow Permaculture tribe. MO

“After participating in Grow Permaculture’s PDC, I feel confident that I can accurately evaluate a variety of sites and come up with integrated, sustainable designs. LB

“The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and it’s clear they really want to share. I feel confident, after attending their PDC course, that I could make basic designs that would work well for any potential client. Knowing that they will review any plans encourages me to jump right in and design! MN

“The unity of the group was awesome. The shared knowledge very inspiring. Learning this way with the hands on demonstration, I could understand more of the school. And thank you so much for all your teachings and welcoming of my son in the class. Very grateful, DM

“I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on. Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand. If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her. This is what permaculture is. Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already. This is just the tip of the iceberg on how much is available for you to learn as you will find out. The depth of how very differently agriculture and water managment and land useage really need to be can’t be stressed enough. SK

“Thank you very much for this amazing course. The setting was ideal. The fact of being able to practice on real ground was invaluable. The presentation was very lively and instructive and really opened my eyes on how good design takes care of both the earth, the people and creates a surplus without waste. I love permaculture principles and how thoroughly and thoughful they are and how caring. JB

“I am Graduate of Grow Permaculture’s Permaculture Design Course. I am very impressed with the quality and professionalism that I experienced during the course. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. It was a great balance of theory and practical training. I feel very prepared and confident going forward with the new knowledge I have. I have made some very big improvements in the way my company conducts business. Our business is all about tree preservation & creating a healthier planet. I acquired the knowledge and ability to create a “truly” regenerative company. I am very grateful for the expert knowledge, compassion and competence of my teacher & Mentor, Koreen. Thank you for creating a better planet one student at a time. NN

“The value of this course is worth far more than its cost. The knowledge gained is really priceless. There is so much information provided that is life changing and really valuable. I was told that I can save more than the cost of the course if I use only a portion of the information provided. This was true, but what wasn’t said is that I got something from it that is really hard to put a price on which is life long friends, and a new, creative view about life. CS

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

Artists
Do it yourselfers
Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
Gardeners
Green architects/builders
Green businesses
Green consultants
Homesteaders
Landscapers
Natural health practitioners
Non-profit/community organizers
People seeking a career change
People who care about the earth and each other
People who love healthy food
Permaculturists
Policy makers
Professionals (of many types)
Recent college graduates
Religious leaders
Students
Urban and rural farmers
Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
Yoga practitioners
Course dates (2018):

Jan 6-7
Feb 3-4
Mar 3-4
April 7-8
May 5-6
June 2-3
There will be additional opportunities for field trips and apprenticeship actions, to be announced.

Intensive Permaculture Design Course, Florida – April 11-22, 2018

Our spring Intensive Permaculture Design Course will be held April 11-22, 2018.

20151031_180456This is an intensive two week course held at our permaculture farm north of Tampa about 20 minutes from Weeki Wachee, FL. Students will have the opportunity to participate with and observe permaculture systems installation and operate in an immersive environment, including appropriate tech, innovative greenhouse solutions, perennial food systems, animals, solar and more. This is a small, diverse farm with many different elements and examples of permaculture that can be translated to a wide variety of settings, urban or rural. The course will address strategies and techniques for both urban and rural areas in different climates and circumstances. We will be midst setting up new food production systems and water catchment systems during the course (with our staff and volunteer crew) and students will have the opportunity for daily hands on involvement with a number of farm tasks and ongoing installations.

The farm is located in a unique sandhill pine-oak ecosystem in Florida. We have many beautiful oak and pine trees on the site, native wildlife including protected species, and wild edibles such as pawpaws, wild cherry, and dewberries. We have many beautiful parks nearby including springs that manatees visit regularly, rivers, bike trails, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, others TBA.

Location:

Our Permaculture Farm
11251 Salina St
Brooksville, FL 34614

 

 There will be a one day field trip Oct 28, and there will be apprenticeship opportunities after the training, for those who would like to delve more deeply into applying what they’ve learned.

 For people who may have difficulty spending 12 days on the design course, we will provide on-line materials that can replace up to 3 days of the course time.

 By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. Permaculture is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

 The training is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. We will offer written materials and study aids and exercises before the course and urge students to use them, as you will get much more out of the course. If you complete these materials, you will receive three days’ credit and can attend 9 days only.

 Some of the subjects covered include:

 Permaculture design ethics and principles

  • Master planning and site analysis
  • Reading the landscape
  • Pattern recognition in nature and society
  • Organic, intensive gardening and farming
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
  • Soil building
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • Designing sustainable water use
  • Water harvesting and greywater techniques
  • Building food forests
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Alternative pest management
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology
  • Reducing energy costs in your home
  • Best forms of alternative energy
  • Appropriate technology
  • Self-reliant living, urban and rural strategies
  • Boosting your career with permaculture
  • Sustainable economies
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding
  • Successful strategies for intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

This course exceeds the requirements laid out by permaculture founder Bill Mollison for the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The training provides a deep and wide overview of permaculture design, focusing on skill sets you can apply immediately. It is a thorough introduction to a subject that has many levels and areas of expertise and professional practice. Further study is available through our apprenticeship programs and advanced study.

Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists
  • Community activists
  • Do it yourselfers
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
  • Environmentalists
  • Gardeners
  • Green architects/builders
  • Green consultants
  • Homesteaders
  • Landscapers
  • Natural health practitioners
  • Non-profit/community organizers
  • People who care about the earth and each other
  • People who love healthy food
  • Permaculturists
  • Policy makers
  • Professionals (of many types)
  • Recent college graduates
  • Students
  • Urban and rural farmers
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
  • Yoga practitioners

Early bird course fee is $1,050 through Dec 31, 2017. The full rate is $1,395. This fee covers all costs, including materials, three healthy meals per day and camping. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal cart on growpermaculture.com. For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Steve at: 727-495-6145 or courseinfo@growpermaculture.com.

Testimonials:

“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun!”

 

“Realization: Permaculture is a thought process that can be applied to all systems.”

 

“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together.”

 

“I found this course to be very intense and comprehensive. At first it was a bit overwhelming but the key points were repeated over and over as the course progressed. About halfway thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture farms and installations. Discussion made me start to think about application and discern the successful from the less or non-successful.”

 

“The comprehensive dovetailing of skills, data and disciplines which then got used to create a design came together so beautifully – I know I can do this now.

It’s like a giant puzzle that you work and work till all the pieces fit . It changed my thinking and made me so much more aware. I believe that I am more responsible, aware and empowered from knowing what I now know.  And there’s hope for the future.

I also feel I have met my GROUP!  The friendships and contacts I’ve made on this course will be for a lifetime. “

 

“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course!”

 

“I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on.”

 

“Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand.

If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her.

This is what permaculture is.

Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already.”

 

“I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!!”

 

Grow Permaculture is a professional permaculture design organization that does consulting, design work, and education for a variety of projects. We have a permaculture farm near Brooksville and an abundant urban site in the Tampa Bay area. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees.  We are invested in co-creating our local community to be everything it can  be. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connection into the fabric of everything, regenerating both human culture and the natural world in the process.

Intensive Permaculture Design Course Florida, Oct 21- Nov 1, 2016

20151031_104323Our fall 2016 course will be Grow Permaculture’s 17th internationally recognized Permaculture Design Course, to be held Oct 21-Nov 1, 2016.

This is an intensive two week professional-level course held at our permaculture farm north of Tampa about 10 minutes from Brooksville, FL. Students will have the opportunity to participate with and observe farm-scale permaculture systems installation and learn in an immersive environment – interacting with appropriate tech, greenhouse aquaponics, perennial food systems, animals, solar and more. This is a diverse farm with many different elements and examples of permaculture that can be translated to a wide variety of settings, urban or rural. The course will address strategies and techniques for both urban and rural areas in different climates and circumstances.

Instructors: Koreen Brennan, others TBA.

There will be an optional field trip day Oct 20, and there will be apprenticeship opportunities after the course, for those who would like to delve more deeply into applying what they’ve learned.

For people who may have difficulty spending 12 days on the design course, we will provide on-line materials that can replace up to 3 days of the course time.

By cooperating with nature and her energies, we are able to design human systems, from backyards to neighborhoods, farms or even cities to be more abundant, more long lasting, more ethical, healthier for all life in the system, and more enjoyable. Permaculture is a cutting edge approach to living that helps both people and the environment.

The course is designed to offer multiple opportunities including career mentoring and pathways, community building opportunities, resource networking, skill building, as well as what is for many, a life changing experience. We will offer written materials and study aids and exercises before the course and urge students to use them, as you will get much more out of the course. If you complete these materials, you will receive three days’ credit and can attend 9 days only.

Some of the subjects covered include:

  • Permaculture design ethics and principles
  • Master planning and site analysis
  • Reading the landscape
  • Pattern recognition in nature and society
  • Organic, intensive gardening and farming
  • Edible landscaping, food in small spaces
  • Soil building
  • Composting and vermicomposting
  • Designing sustainable water use
  • Water harvesting and greywater techniques
  • Building food forests
  • Agroforestry and ecoagriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Alternative pest management
  • Natural building, regenerative building technology
  • Reducing energy costs in your home
  • Best forms of alternative energy
  • Appropriate technology
  • Self-reliant living, urban and rural strategies
  • Boosting your career with permaculture
  • Sustainable economies
  • Increasing quality of life through “placemaking” design
  • Community revitalization and rebuilding
  • Successful strategies for intentional communities, ecovillages and cohousing, urban and rural

This course exceeds the requirements laid out by permaculture founder Bill Mollison for the internationally recognized 72 hour Permaculture Design Course. The training provides a deep and wide overview of permaculture design, with skill sets you can apply immediately. It is a thorough introduction to a subject that has many levels and areas of expertise and professional practice. Further study is available through our apprenticeship programs and advanced study.

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Who Takes This Permaculture Design Course?

  • Artists
  • Do it yourselfers
  • Educators – homeschool, teachers, professors
  • Gardeners
  • Green architects/builders
  • Green consultants
  • Homesteaders
  • Landscapers
  • Natural health practitioners
  • Non-profit/community organizers
  • People who care about the earth and each other
  • People who love healthy food
  • Permaculturists
  • Policy makers
  • Professionals (of many types)
  • Recent college graduates
  • Students
  • Urban and rural farmers
  • Vegan, raw food, slow food, and/or local food
  • Yoga practitioners

Early bird course fee is $1100 through July 30, 2016. Full price is $1350. This fee covers all costs, including materials, three healthy meals per day and camping. Our courses are an investment in yourself and your future – you will make and save far more than the course cost, to the degree you use the information in the course. A non refundable deposit of $300 will hold your spot.

To register for the course, pay via our PayPal button on the right side of this web page. We offer a limited number of partial scholarships and work study.

For questions or to register outside of PayPal, contact Taina at: 727-495-6145 or info@growpermaculture.com.

Testimonials:

“This course changed my life forever. It changed the way I look at everything, and gave me tools to address problems I thought had no solutions. It reinvigorated my connection to, respect for and love of the natural world and increased my understanding of it tremendously. It made me feel powerful and able to change things rather than helpless or apathetic. It gave me hope again, a renewed purpose for life and so many tools that I never dreamed existed! It brought back magic to my life, lightness, and fun!”

“Realization: Permaculture is a thought process that can be applied to all systems.”

“This course is the most exciting one I’ve ever attended because it’s all about finding solutions and connecting people together.”

“I found this course to be very intense and comprehensive. At first it was a bit overwhelming but the key points were repeated over and over as the course progressed. About halfway thru the pieces started to fit together. Then we got lots of real universe examples of existing permaculture farms and installations. Discussion made me start to think about application and discern the successful from the less or non-successful.”

“The comprehensive dovetailing of skills, data and disciplines which then got used to create a design came together so beautifully – I know I can do this now.

It’s like a giant puzzle that you work and work till all the pieces fit . It changed my thinking and made me so much more aware. I believe that I am more responsible, aware and empowered from knowing what I now know.  And there’s hope for the future.

I also feel I have met my GROUP!  The friendships and contacts I’ve made on this course will be for a lifetime. “

“I’ve had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don’t hesitate to do this course!”

“I would highly recommend this course, taught by Koreen and her associates to anyone who has great concern for the future of this planet and the destructive path it is on.”

“Permaculture is the solution we have all been waiting for. As permaculturists, “We are the ones we have been waiting for” to save ourselves from ourselves. Koreen is incredibly knowledgeable and has experienced many areas of the world first hand.

If you have been feeling at a loss and discouraged this is your last chance to educate yourself as if the earth herself were revealing her deepest secrets on how you can help her.

This is what permaculture is.

Grow Permaculture far exceeded my expectations, even after years of experience working with organic gardening methods already.”

“I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher’s methods, and the warmth of the teachers’ helpers. It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow.  Thanks!!!”

 

Grow Permaculture is a professional permaculture design organization that does consulting, design work, and education for a variety of projects. We have a permaculture farm near Brooksville. We create guilds with community, business and other human elements as well as with trees.  We are invested in co-creating our local community to be everything it can  be. We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-create an intentional community and weave beneficial connection into the fabric of everything, regenerating both human culture and the natural world in the process.

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