The purpose of this course is to connect participants to their landscapes; first through observation and interaction, and then through design. We will explore what it means to
The purpose of this course is to connect participants to their landscapes; first through observation and interaction, and then through design. We will explore what it means to create resiliency on an individual, community and even global scale around the production of food. The concept of permaculture (or permanent agriculture) was coined by Bill Mollison in the 1980’s. Permaculture involves the cultivation of food and fiber in a way that mimics nature and its patterns. (Think forest gardening as opposed to industrial agriculture.) This design process asks the participants to develop a completely new relationship with nature, one in which the designer learns how to understand and discover what the land wants rather than imposing destructive practices. Participants will have a wide variety of hands-on learning experiences available to them across OSGF’s stunning property. All are welcome and invited to join this world-changing course.
Topics will include: an overview of our current food system, design principles and practices, climate, topography (how to read the landscape), soil, plants, farming techniques, water, sun (microclimates), wind, infrastructure, energy cycling within the system, animals, permaculture ethics, earthworks, natural building, aqua and hydroponics, herbal remedies, community building and more.