Orange Environment Offers Permaculture Course 2014 in Sullivan and Orange Counties

Orange Environmental dedicated to promoting sustainability and protecting ecological integrity in the communities of Orange County, NY, is offering a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) training program again starting in March 15 through  July 26, 2014

Permaculture Design is an innovative practice for growing food, producing energy, and providing shelter that builds community and promotes sustainability. Permaculture creates  productive gardens, builds healthy soils, harvests water, restores damaged environments, reduces fossil fuel consumption, and saves energy.

Classes will meet at Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in Chester , Warwick and Liberty NY, providing hands-on workshops and on-site study.

Instructors include:  Permaculture Design educators

  • Ethan Roland, a permaculture designer, teacher and researcher based in the Hudson valley who studies and practice regenerative design around the world, from forests of Kazakhstan to the ecosystems of Thailand
  • Maria Grimaldi, a permaculture designer with diversified background in teaching gardening, farming, plant science at the NY Botanical Gardens,  Cornell Cooperative Extension, NOFA-NY and Sullivan County Community College. Maria was a community organizer involved in spearheading the Urban Gardening Movement
  • Andrew Leslie Phillips,a journalist and permaculture practioner and the founder of Hancock Permaculture Center. Andrew studied permaculture with founder Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton in Australia.
  • Connor Stedman, an ecological designer, agroforester, and naturalist based in southern Vermont and western Massachusette. He currently serve as Executive Director of Vermont Wilderness School and is co-organizer of the internationally recognized Carbon Farming Course.
  • Barbara Taylor Laino, a creator of Midsummer Farm, a Certified Organic CSA farm where she practices permaculture and biodynamic principles. Barbara has diversified teaching experience in holistic health, herbal apothecary, making home made dog and cat food and sustainable and artisanal farming and gardening.

Classes will meet twice a month on Saturdays for a total of 10 class days from 9am to 5pm. Participants who attend all sessions and fulfill the requirements of the course will receive Permaculture Design Certification. 

  •  3/15 Permaculture design principles and concepts 3/29
  • Nature pattern understanding and use
  • 4/12 Climate factors and landscape effects
  • 4/26 Soil and Water conservation
  • 5/24 Field trip 5/25 Composting, recycling, waste management. Rain catchment and rain gardens.
  • 6/14 Garden design for sustainable development Mushrooms cultivation, annual and Perennials , trees and agroforestry
  • 6/28 Sustainable communities , natural building Transition towns and act on permaculture
  • 7/12 Earthworking and Earth Resource 7/26 Carbon farming, financial permaculture and Regenerative enterprise development. 

Tuition for the course is $790. If you bring another registrant to the course you will both receive a 10% discount. Register today! Deposit $190 to reserve your seats by Feb 1, 2014.Tuition must be received by March 15th 2014 Installment plan and internship available , please call for details.

For more information about the course and other payment options please contact Peter Lai, PDC Program Director, at 845-313-4246, or by email at . To register for the course go to the Orange Environment website:

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