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 within the fields of permaculture, regenerative agriculture, sustainable energy, water conservation, natural building, and more.
Come learn in the setting of this beautiful river on the Edwards Plateau while cultivating a new community during this life-changing opportunity.
Interested in seeing what others have done with their design certification?
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.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEEKEND 1 – September 7-8 Introduction to Permaculture Design – Site Tour – Regrarians Platform – Bio Regions of Texas
WEEKEND 2 – September 21-22 Patterns in Nature – 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
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.
Jim O’Donnell will be a guest instructor during Weekend 2. 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.
Mandy Krause will be a guest instructor during Weekend 5. Mandy is co-founder of Parker Creek Ranch, a regenerative agriculture business that uses a systems approach to management to support ecosystem function through the production of grass-fed beef and pasture-raised poultry. Specializing in research and education, Mandy is a driven land steward and passionate about relationships between agriculture production, wildlife and natural resource conservation, and people. She has over 10 years of experience as an environmental educator and works to connect people to nature through farm tours, education programs for youth, landowner field days, and train-the-trainer workshops which has included a SARE Professional Development Project “Farming for the Future” Adopting Sustainable Agriculture Practices.
She also works as a consultant for the Welder Wildlife Foundation and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service delivering conservation-based education programs across the state. Through a SARE Producer Grant, Mandy’s current research focus is on effective, landscape-scale water and soil conservation solutions. Her future research efforts will examine relationships between grazing and wildlife. Mandy’s leadership roles include serving on the Board of Directors for the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Chair of the James Teer Conservation Leadership Institute, and Steering Committee Member of Women of Wildlife. In addition to balancing her business, ranch, and career, Mandy is mom to two young and wild boys, Jack and Max.