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Permaculture Design Course – Fall 2019

September 7 @ 9:00 am - November 17 @ 5:00 pm


6-Weekend Intensive Permaculture Design Course

Join us on the Blanco River while expanding your knowledge of sustainable design systems.

During this Permaculture Design Course, participants will be introduced to the ethics, principles, and methods of Permaculture while learning how to design, create, and maintain agriculturally productive ecosystems and sustainable human settlements. View an Introduction to Permaculture video here.

This 72 hour intensive course is taught by experts with in the fields of permaculture, regenerative agriculture, sustainable energy, water conservation, natural building, and more.

Come learn in the setting of one of the most beautiful rivers on the Edwards Plateau while cultivating a new community during this life changing opportunity.

Texastopia Farm – Blanco, Texas

Located ~15 miles west of downtown Blanco and just downstream from the headwaters of the Blanco River, this family farm and permaculture campus offers a genuine and unique learning experience with abundant hands-on opportunity.

  • Site 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
  • September 7 & 8
  • September 21 & 22
  • October 5 & 6
  • October 19 & 20
  • November 2 & 3
  • November 16 & 17
Cost/Tuition: $795
  • Reserve your seat by completing the Registration Form and submitting a $200 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. For alternative payment arrangements, email us.

Questions?  Email earthrepaircorps@gmail.com.

Class Dates & Material Covered

WEEKEND 1 – September 7-8 Introduction to Permaculture Design – Site Tour – Regrarians Platform – Patterns – Bio Regions of Texas

WEEKEND 2 – September 21-22 Patterns – Climate – Geography – Trees & their Energy Transactions – Water

WEEKEND 3 – October 5-6 Overview of Soils and Compost – Biofertilizer & Compost tea – Mineral amendments – Earthworks

WEEKEND 4 – October 19-20 Small-Scale Animal Systems – Built Environment – Alternative energy

WEEKEND 5 – November 2-3 Permaculture Design for Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4 – Holistic Management – Regenerative Grazing

WEEKEND 6 – November 16-17 Nonprofit Grants – Strategic Management – Sustainable Communities

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Introduction to permaculture design – ethics, principles, methods and function of design.
  • Patterns in nature.  Patterns in design.  Climate and how to mimic natural ecosystems.
  • PA Yeoman’s Scale of Permanence.
  • Water management strategies.
  • Earthworks & Mapping.
  • Eliminating Waste & Increasing Yields.
  • 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.

    Additional guest instructors to be announced
    Kirby Fry Earth Repair Corps permaculture in TexasKIRBY FRY – Southern Exposure 

    The 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. Kirby believes that we should be building houses and landscapes that pay us to live in them, that we can give back more to the earth than we take from it in a lifetime, and that we can create agriculturally productive ecosystems for humans better than nature can.

    Pete Van DyckPETE VAN DYCK – Drought Proof TX

    Pete Van Dyck grew up under the shade of oak trees and woke to the sound of roosters crowing on a homestead south east of Oklahoma City. Pete was a competitive swimmer for 12 years, where his deep connection with water began. After graduating high school, he volunteered to serve in the United States Navy and underwent some of the most rigorous military training in the world at Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School.  After his service with the Navy, Pete decided to pursue a lifestyle dedicated to land restoration and prioritization of the health of the land, health of the water, and the health of humans.

    Using the GI Bill, Pete attended a heavy equipment operator and construction course where he learned how to safely operate equipment and run job sites. Pete has attended many land planning & farm design design courses with world-renowned designers including Darren Doherty, Geoff Lawton, and Mark Shepard. He has also volunteered his services with Earth Repair Corps to farmers and homesteaders all over central Texas, helping them to conserve soil, water, and money. Pete runs a small business that specializes in soil and water conservation that has worked and consulted on over 60 sites around Texas in just 3 years. Now he lives in Blanco, Texas building a farm that will demonstrate how to regeneratively manage land while making a sustainable profit.

    JIM O’DONNELL – Balcones Canyonlands Preserve

    For over 30 years, Jim has combined his love of teaching, biology, and environmental stewardship to help protect the Black-capped Vireo and endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler in Central Texas. He was instrumental in setting aside the 214-acre tract of land that is now known as the Vireo Preserve, which once supported the largest concentration of Black-capped Vireos in Travis County. As a result of his efforts and knowledge of the endangered songbirds and their ecosystems, Jim was appointed to the Biological Advisory Team that provided the basis and support for the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, a system of preserves established under a federal Endangered Species Act permit to protect multiple endangered and rare species in Travis County.

    Jim has spent the last 10 years designing and implementing habitat restoration on the Vireo Preserve, which is now owned and managed by the City of Austin as part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Jim uses his knowledge of the species, plants, permaculture, and teaching to implement regenerative habitat restoration projects with a community of volunteers to benefit a variety of native Texas ecosystems. He regularly gives presentations to numerous state and local groups on this topic.

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    Blanco, Texas
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