Permaculture Education

Permaculture Education Program

July 9th, 2020 Update:

Due to recent events, we are postponing all in-person Permaculture events at this time and are actively moving to online formats. We hope to resume in-person events soon and will post updates as things change. The Permaculture Design Course is likely to resume in the spring of 2021, as circumstances permit.

NEW ONLINE EVENT: We have opened the 401 Water Harvesting Course – as an online six-class course in July and August. Scroll down for more info.

We are keeping everyone’s health in mind and plan to resume classes in a combined online/outdoor format when feasible. Please check the Urban Farm’s website HERE for online events during this period. Please contact Renee@urbanfarm.org for any questions regarding the current postponed 2020 PDC. Please contact Janis@growphx.com for information regarding any other permaculture class or course.

Scroll down to see Class & Course Descriptions

What is a Permaculture Class?

We have two options for introducing the basic concepts of Permaculture.

Our free Introduction to Permaculture classes are 60-minute online webinars or in-person classes. They are set up to help give you a basic overview of what permaculture is and why it can be of use to you in your life. These are our level 100 classes, and take place 2-3 times a year and can be found in our event calendar.

Our Permaculture Basics classes are full-day, in-person learning opportunities designed to give you a look into sustainability and regenerative design with a specific focus on one particular aspect of permaculture.  These will take place 2-4 times a year.

Scroll down to see current class options and details.

What is a Permaculture Design Course?

"What is a Permaculture Design Course (PDC)?  It is a 72 hour deep dive introduction into permaculture.  This course is designed to give you a whole new perspective on sustainability and regenerative design.  I like to call permaculture 'the art and science of working with nature'. I look forward to you joining us for this life changing event. " -- Greg Peterson.


Introduction to Permaculture


Our current portfolio of classes designed to introduce you into the concepts and ideas of permaculture.

100: Intro to Permaculture.

Permaculture is an interesting word. Made up of two words - Permanent and Culture - and is a process designed for us to look to nature and design systems that work in the flow of natural systems and not against them. We've opened up our Permaculture Education Program with several learning opportunities including this webinar.

This informative webinar will help you understand why Permaculture is so popular. This concept for a nature based lifestyle is not that complicated, and can change the way you look at everything around you.

(Serves as a prerequisite for: all classes 201 and above, and the PDC)

  • Take this class any time.
  • This class is part of the Student Portal available to all permaculture students.
  • Click HERE to register.


Permaculture Basics


Our current portfolio of classes include several individual full-day classes to ease you into the practice and application of permaculture. These classes are limited in size to allow a more personal experience.  



201: Permaculture and Water Harvesting.

Don Titmus and Greg Peterson teach this full-day class delving into the world of permaculture, the benefits and various methods of water harvesting and ways it can improve your yard and community.  This on-site class gives you a chance to explore and see how various methods can be set-up for the maximum benefit in a dry-land environment.

  • Teachers: Don Titmus and Greg Peterson
  • This class takes place at The Bee Oasis in Mesa.
  • Prerequisite: 100

202: Permaculture and Food Forests.

In this class Greg Peterson and Don Titmus teach about the world of permaculture, the benefits of growing your own food, and various ways to expand the food production in your own yard. This on-site class expands way past a basic tour and allows you to see how to apply stacking functions concepts of permaculture in a regenerative, food-producing system while working with the limitations of living in the low desert with it's unique climate and considerations.

  • Teachers: Greg Peterson and Don Titmus
  • This class takes place at The Urban Farm in Phoenix.
  • Prerequisite: 100

203: Permaculture and Composting.

In this class you join Greg Peterson as he teaches the multi-stacking benefits and functions of composting in a permaculture-based manner.  Offering hands-on exploration of multiple methods and examination of what is required to make these methods effective.

  • Teacher: Greg Peterson
  • This class takes place at The Urban Farm in Phoenix.
  • Prerequisite: 100

204: Permaculture and Energy Savings.

In this class you join Don Titmus as he teaches about multiple methods of energy generating applications, reduction of energy consumption, and the related potential savings.

  • Teacher: Don Titmus
  • This class takes place at The Bee Oasis in Mesa.
  • Prerequisite: 100

205: Permaculture and Small Livestock.

In this class you join Kristin Parsons and Kari Spencer as they teach about including small livestock on your property.  Consider chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, pigs,  and much more.

  • Teachers: Kristin Parsons and Kari Spencer
  • This class takes place at Cultivated in Scottsdale.
  • Prerequisite: 100

206: Permaculture and Chicken Coops.

In this class you join Greg Peterson as he shows the multi-faceted permaculture based chicken-coop.

  • Teacher: Greg Peterson
  • This class takes place at The Urban Farm in Phoenix.
  • Prerequisite: 100

 



Expanded Permaculture


After taking our PDC or at least two Basic Permaculture Courses, the next step is to expand your  knowledge with some specific topics within a permaculture setting. These classes will assist anyone planning a permaculture-based business, or can be applied for a personal application in your own space.  Details and registration for classes HERE.


301: Permaculture and Guild Building.

In this class taught by Kristin Parsons, you will examine the particular aspects of a permaculture based guild around a fruit tree.  Examining the seven requirements of a guild will include hands-on identification of the application in practice. By the end of this class you will have researched and designed a full guild cohort from scratch.

 

  • Teacher: Kristin Parsons
  • This class takes place at Cultivated in Scottsdale.
  • Prerequisite: 100, and at least two 200 level classes.

401: Water Harvesting in Depth.

Permaculture and Water Harvesting go hand in hand. Our job as observers is to watch the water flow both on our properties and in our neighborhood, and discover the best ways to capture and sink it into our landscape. Our challenge for you is to do a survey of your space (we will teach you how) and see how many sources of water you really have...you might be surprised at all the different opportunities.

Join Permaculture Designers Don Titmus & Greg Peterson for an eye-opening course delving into the benefits and various methods of water harvesting as a way to improve your yard and community. Together they will bring decades of experience in reading landscapes and implementing rainwater, greywater and many other water harvesting systems.

Given our interesting times we have pivoted to doing this as an online course. Rather than delivering all this information in an overwhelming full day online, we are breaking it up over SIX different nights in July and August. Not to worry though if you can’t make each one as they are recorded for your listening pleasure and stored in your member account.

Go HERE for module descriptions

  • Teachers: Don Titmus & Greg Peterson
  • Schedule: This class takes place online in SIX LIVE Zoom classes.
  • Prerequisite: Perm 100 (included in Student Portal). 
  • Helpful preparation:  Perm 201
  • Class size: Limited space available to maximize student benefit

 

 



Permaculture Design Course


PDC-2020

This Permaculture certification course covers many aspects of design with a Southwest dry lands flavor, including a balance of hands on experience, classroom time, and design practicum. Dynamic exercises encourage pattern recognition, noticing the links between plants and animals, climate, and landforms that make up natural ecosystems. The course focuses on dry land communities with a strong urban and semi-rural emphasis, addressing individual site and neighborhood “problems”, such as storm water flooding.

Students learn to read the landscape, to map and analyze energies flowing through a site, and to develop integrated designs for sustainable systems. The weekend format of the course makes it easier for people who hold a week-day job to attend and promotes better integration of the course material into daily life. Our course closely follows the standard 72-hour format developed by Bill Mollison and others.

Course topics include agroforestry, appropriate technology, building design, design principles and patterning, site analysis, drylands gardening principles, ecosystem restoration, philosophy and ethics of Permaculture, regenerative community economics, soils and erosion control, village and community design, water harvesting, invisible structures, and many other topics.

The classroom site is in the Phoenix metro area with a weekend trip to Permaculture sites in the Tucson area. This course is taught and facilitated by Don Titmus, Kari Spencer & Greg Peterson, and includes a weekend in Tucson taught by Dan Dorsey & Barbara Rose. Each facilitator has many years of gardening and Permaculture experience.

  • Prerequisite: 100.
  • Recommended: 201 & 202
  • Scheduled to Start: Postponed at this time.  Details, Deadlines and Registration HERE

Interested in more information and not finding your answers in our FAQ page?  Email Renee@UrbanFarm.org