This certified course is a more in-depth approach to the Design Methods of Permaculture, where we explore the universal ecology and principles of natural design, so that from the understanding of Mother Earth participants can generate designs and create spaces that are ecologically sustainable and energetically viable.
Through the study of Organic Agriculture Farming we seek to strengthen the techniques, methods and practices of our participants to develop a successful organic production system, resulting in healthy and sovereign foods available on a family and community level.
COURSE LENGTH: 2 MONTHS – 8 SESSIONS
SESSIONS AND THEMES:
- SESSION 1 & 2:
ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES AND NATURAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN.
- SESSION 3 & 4:
SOIL LIFE AND FERTILITY.
- SESSION 5 & 6:
SEEDS AND CULTIVATION METHODS.
- SESSION 7 & 8:
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AND GARDEN MANAGEMENT.
CERTIFIED PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:
At the end of this course participants will be able to:
- Understand the general issues of global food production.
- Understand the philosophies of Permaculture and Organic Agriculture as a fundamental base while searching for solutions to the human, environmental and energy challenges we are currently dealing with globally.
- Carry out designs in productive agricultural spaces that are based on the ethics and principles of Permaculture.
- Implement organic agriculture practices such as: Identifying soil types on a site, making organic fertilizers (solids and foliar sprays), selection and propagation of native and heirloom seeds, increasing biodiversity on production sites, work along with nature to achieve adequate biological control and produce abundant food supplies in small and medium sized spaces.
- People interested in discovering new perspectives about the environmental, cultural, and energy situations of our current time.
- People who desire to learn theoretical principles and hands on practices in order to design, implement and manage organic food production systems on a family or community level.
- Community leaders who wish to develop implementation processes for family, school and/or community gardens in their community or with another group they work with.
- People interested in knowing and understanding the importance of Food Sovereignty in Mesoamerica and around the world.