Spring 2018 Permaculture Design Course – Halfway Update

Permaculture Design Course at Texastopia Farm near Blanco, Texas – 2018 05 12
Written By: Kirby Fry
Read about the second half of the class here


Greetings Everyone,

Earth Repair Corp’s first Permaculture Design Course recently began along the headwaters of the Blanco River at Texastopia Farm, on April 14, 2018.  During this course Pete VanDyck and I have been teaching about design systems for sustainable living, as well as how to create agriculturally productive ecosystems.

The 72 hour class has more or less followed Bill Mollison’s “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual”, chapter by chapter.

Here’s the progression of the course’s curricula so far – that is six days (or 48 hours) into the class.

What is permaculture design?  The history of permaculture design, the state of the world, permaculture ethics, permaculture principles, the methods of design, the function of design, patterns in nature, patterns in design, the natural regions of Texas, ecological restoration, climate, trees and their energy transactions, soil and water conservation, earthworks, soil science, design projects, mapping, and regenerative grazing.

So far, we have had 3 terrific guest speakers.

Jaime Braun spoke to us on April 28th about regenerative grazing.

Gary Freeborg spoke to us on May 5th about soil science, and elemental balances and ratios in soils.

Adam Russel spoke to us on May 5th about conservation terraces, the key line chisel plow, and compost teas.

Our next guest teachers on May 19th, Tina and Orion Weldon, will be discussing small animal systems, and farm to market business management strategies.

Though all of this information might seem overwhelming, the desired outcome is not that students remember every bit of information taught, but that we experience a paradigm shift edging us closer to designing sustainable human settlements, and assembling beneficial relationships.

Stay tuned for a schedule and location for our Fall 2018 PDC.

Earth Repair Corps seeks to create abundance through good design.

Kirby Fry


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