Earth Repair Corps
1483 County Road 311
McDade, TX 78650
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 in the fields of permaculture, regenerative agriculture, sustainable energy, water conservation, natural building, and more.
The two week intensive class structure is designed with teachers in mind but is open to anyone, and is ideal for anyone who wants to complete their certification in a shorter time frame.
Goodwater Montessori is located only 30 miles north of Austin, Texas, and within a thriving and unique city unto itself. Goodwater has developed a cutting edge permaculture-based orchard system with over 70 fruit trees, raised beds, and integrated event spaces. This system provides in-depth accessibility for students and community alike to learn the process of growing food in Central Texas, from conception to finished product.
Goodwater sits on 11 acres, with one of a kind Montessori classroom spaces, full acre access to the orchard and gardens, and a dedicated staff and administration, whose one vision is to develop conscientious citizens who approach their world with confidence, creativity, and collaboration.
June 5th through June 18th, 2021 – June 12th & 13th are off-days
Day 1 & 2 – June 5-6 Introduction to Permaculture Design – Patterns in Nature – Climate – Methods of Design
Day 3 & 4 – June 7-8 Geography – Trees & their Energy Transactions – Water – Holistic Context Development
Day 5 & 6 – June 9-10 Soils – Earthworks – Surveying – Mapping
Day 7 & 8 – June 11 and 14 Small-Scale Animal Systems – Built Environment – Alternative energy – Permaculture Design Zone 1 & 2
Day 9 & 10 – June 15-16 Permaculture Design for Zones 3 and 4 – Grazing Systems – Perennial Gardens – Agroforestry
Day 11 &12 – June 17-18 – Building a Market for Permaculture Design – Permablitz Organization – Sustainable Communities – Student Design Presentations & Graduation Ceremony
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 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.