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The Growery, Birr: Permaculture Design Course

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
The Growery, No.1 Oxmantown Mall I Birr I R42 V070

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Weekend 1 - 21st - 22nd March
Weekend 2 - 4th & 5th April
Weekend 3 - 25th & 26th April
Weekend 4 - 9th & 10th May
Weekend 5 - 6th and 7th June

Certified by the Permaculture Association of Britain

PERMACULTURE
The Permaculture Design Course (PDC) was developed to teach the principles and foundations of ecological design.

Permaculture is an ethically based, holistic design system based on ecological principles. It provides a framework for creating productive ecosystems and sustainable human settlements that mimic the patterns found in nature, which deliver diversity, stability, and resilience. Although permaculture is most commonly thought about in connection with gardening & farming, its principles, ethics and design methods can be adapted and used in each individual's own work, home and community.

TUTORS AND FACILITATORS INCLUDE
Davie Philip, Suzie Cahn, Ben Whelan, Hannah Mole, Kevin Dudley, Ollie Moore

VENUE
The Growery in Birr in County Offaly is Ireland's first Urban Food Commons promoting organic technologies, local production, food health and well-being, and climate resilience.

COST & BOOKING
COST I €500 for all 5 sessions
Jobseekers contact your local DSP case officer or local Intreo office to apply for training support.

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Weekend 1
PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES - COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
21st - 22nd March
Anchor Tutor - Davie Philip
External Tutor - Ollie Moore

Day 1 - Introduction to Permaculture

Ethics and History
Principles
Observation Exercise
Climate Adaptation
Community Resilience - The Social Solidarity Economy
Social Permaculture - Using Permaculture Principles in Groups


Day 2 - Permaculture Design

Pattern Understanding
Design Practical
Surveying
Key Planning Tools
Mapping
Review and Further Resources

Weekend 2
SOIL, SEEDS, COMPOST, AGROECOLOGY
4th & 5th April - 10.00 to 17.00
Anchor Tutors - Suzie Cahn and Hannah Mole
External Tutor - Kevin Dudley

Day 1 - Soil

Review of Principles
Soil food web: macro- and micro-organisms and their relationships
Soil sampling & analysis
Mycorrhizal and bacterial associations
Composting
Mulching – why and how
Seeds

Day 2 - Regenerative Horticulture & Agriculture

Beyond Sustainability - Why Regenerative
Tilling: pros & cons
Fertility factors
Regenerative Approaches (Kevin Dudley)
Review and Further Resources

Weekend 3
APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY, WATER & BUILT ENVIRONMENT
25th & 26th April - 10.00 to 17.00
Anchor Tutor - Ben Whelan
External Tutor - Feidhlim Harty

Day 1 - Technology, Energy and the Built Environment

Permaculture and Appropriate Technology
Appropriate Digitisation
Energy Literacy
Renewable Energy Sources and Management
Ecological Buildings and Structures
Review and Further Resources


Day 2 - Water and Wetland Systems

The Hydrological Cycle
Water in the Home
Rainwater Harvesting
Wastewater Treatment
Stormwater Runoff
Habitat Enhancement
Review and Further Resources

Weekend 4
WOODLANDS, FOREST GARDENS, PERMACULTURE PLANTS
9th & 10th May - 10.00 to 17.00
Anchor Tutor - Ben Whelan

Day 1 - Woodlands and Forest Gardens

Tree species, native & exotic, and uses
Forest gardening
Windbreaks & shelterbelts
Riparian Buffers
Orchards
Sustainable woodland management
Forest Garden and Mulching Practical


Day 2 - Permaculture Plants

Permaculture and Organic Gardening
Guilds and other ways of looking at plant co-operation
Plant Communities / Indicator plants
Planting Practical - Bed creation, Seasonal Planning
Review and Further Resources

Weekend 5
SOCIAL SYSTEMS, ECOLOGICAL DESIGN, FINAL DESIGN
6th and 7th June
Anchor Tutor - Davie Philip

Day 1 - Social Permaculture

Personal Resilience, Active Hope and Navigating Conflict
The Importance of Vibrant, Well-connected Communities
Dynamic Governance and Decision Making - Sociocracy
Livelihood, Finance & Ecological Economics
Community Wealth Building
Design Review

Day 2 - Final Design

Group Design Work
Group Permaculture Presentations
Feedback
Going Further with Permaculture

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