Practice permaculture each week at our ‘village campfire’ of ongoing interactive group calls. Hosted by experienced permaculture mentors including Santa Cruz Permaculture founder David Shaw, Lydia Neilsen of Rehydrate the Earth, and John Valenzuela of Cornucopia Food Forests.
The goal of this program is to create thriving and resilient individuals and communities. We do this through supporting people to connect with nature, community, and themselves more deeply, and use permaculture as the vehicle for doing so.
Each call includes a keynote talk on a relevant and seasonal topic. This is followed by a small group conversation for reflection, and a whole group conversation and Q+A. We close the calls with invitations for how you can apply what you’ve learned in your home and community. The next call begins with a check in about how it went applying what you learned.
Our curriculum is ever evolving, changing with the seasons, and influenced by the topics people want to cover. It is dialogical and co-creative. We include and also transcend the topics covered in our permaculture design course, listed here just to get the flavor of typical topics. For example, during a 10-week cohort we may spend two weeks on composting (home or commercial), two weeks on no-till agroecology and food forests, a week on habitat and pollinators, a week on designing disaster resilience (personal and neighborhood), a week on economics and right livelihood, and a week on policies to support ecological living. Overall, our goal is to help you and your community thrive using a community based approach to permaculture as the means.
Please note that registration is for the entire 10-week program. There is not an option to sign up for individual weeks.
Learn more & register: santacruzpermaculture.com/communitypermaculture/
WINTER COHORT TOPICS
- Winter Pruning & Gathering Scion Wood: Winter pruning is an essential skill for the fruit tree grower, leading to more effective tree growth and fruit production. Plus, the pruned branches that fall to the ground are useful scion wood that can be shared and traded.
- Grafting: Learn how to graft fruit tree scions onto rootstock so you can choose the varieties you want and start or expand your own food forest at home.
- Observing Water: Where does water flow during rain events on your landscape? Learn about the importance of observation in permaculture design and explore methods for passive water retention in the landscape.
- Greenhouses: Winter is the time to start seeds in your greenhouse for spring planting. You can also grow heat-loving plants in your greenhouse, such as tropical fruits and flowers.
- Composting: We’ll explore various home composting systems (including worm composting!) so that you can turn food scraps and organic materials into black gold for your permaculture garden. If you already have a compost system in place, we can troubleshoot any issues you may be facing and identify ways to improve it.
- And More! We hope you can join us!
Learn more about and register for the 10-week call series: santacruzpermaculture.com/communitypermaculture/
Super Early Bird Discount. $20 per call, $200 for the series. Sign up by November 15.
Early Bird Discount. $22.50 per call, $225 for the series. Sign up by December 15.
General. $25 per call, $250 for the series. Sign up by January 5.
Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm