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Permaculture Design Course – Spring 2018

April 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - June 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Permaculture Design Certificate Earth Repair Corps Texas
6-Weekend Intensive Permaculture Design Course

Join Earth Repair Corps this spring on the Blanco River to expand your knowledge of sustainable and regenerative design systems. Swim with us in one of the most beautiful rivers of the Edwards Plateau as we learn how to create abundance through good design, and give back to the earth more than we take from it through regenerative agricultural and architectural practices.

During this permaculture design course participants will be introduced to the ethics, principles, and methods of sustainable design.  Participants will learn how to design, create, and maintain agriculturally productive ecosystems and sustainable human settlements. View an Introduction to Permaculture video here.

The venue, Texastopia Farm in Blanco, Texas, offers beauty and serenity and lots of hands-on opportunity to create agriculturally productive ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. This family farm and permaculture campus offer a learning experience like no other around the world.

Kirby Fry Earth Repair Corps permaculture in TexasThe primary instructor, Kirby Fry, started out his journey with a degree in Forestry Sciences from Texas A&M University and soon after was building tree nurseries, terraces, and planting fuelwood forests with the US Peace Corps in the Highlands of Guatemala. He worked in the field with Bill Mollison and Allan Savory for over 2 years at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas at “the top of the Hill Country.”

Today Kirby works building houses, gardens, and sustainable design systems. See more of Kirby’s work on the Southern Exposure website. Additional guest teachers to be announced.

April 14-15 – Introduction to Permaculture design, Site Tour, Regrarians Platform, Patterns, Bio Regions of Texas.

April 28-29 (Full Moon) – Patterns, Climate, Geography, Trees and their energy transactions, water and special guest teacher Jaime Braun talks about Regenerative Grazing.

May 5-6 – Special guest teacher Gary Freeborg gives us an overview of soils and compost. Special guest teacher Adam Russell talks about biofertilizer, compost tea, and mineral amendments. Earthworks taught by host Pete Van Dyck.

May 19-20 – Special guest teachers Tina Lubomira Weldon and Orion Weldon speak about small scale animal systems. Kirby Fry teaches the about the built environment. Special Guest Woody Welch speaks about alternative energy.

June 2-3 – Permaculture design for zones 1, 2, 3 and 4. Special guest Katherine Ottmer speaks about Holistic Management.

June 16-17 – Non-profit Grants, Strategies for an alternative global nation. Special guest teacher Chloe Buzzotta talks about regenerative communities, talent show, class design presentations, graduations.

This intensive permaculture design course will cover, but is not limited to:

  • Introduction to permaculture design – ethics, principles, methods and function of design.
  • Patterns in nature.  Patterns in design.  Climate and how to mimic natural ecosystems.
  • Water management strategies.
  • Soil sciences.  Soil conservation strategies – roads, dams, conservation terraces, key line plowing.
  • Culinary, medicinal, pollinator, and annual gardens.
  • Edible beneficial perennial gardens.
  • Intensive cell grazing systems.
  • Plant propagation.  Wood lot management.
  • Participants will create a design of their own to take home


April 14 & 15, April 28 & 29, May 5 & 6, May 19 & 20, June 2 & 3, June 16 & 17


Registration and Payment
  • Tuition: $800

Reserve your seat by completing the Registration Form and submitting a $400 deposit via PayPal or by mailing a check made payable to: Earth Repair Corps, 1483 CR 311, McDade, TX 78650.  Final payment is due by the first class meeting. For alternative payment arrangements, email us.

Overnight Facilities:

  • Camping available.
  • 2 RV hookups available on a first come, first served basis (reserve on Registration Form)
  • Indoor/outdoor shower and bathroom facilities available.
  • Kitchenette available

Questions?  Email earthrepaircorps@gmail.com.

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April 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am
June 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Kirby Fry
Pete VanDyck


Texastopia Farm
33 Delaware Creek Rd.
Blanco, Texas
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