Urban Regenerative Design and permaculture practicum- Los Angeles 4-Saturdays hands- on Permaculture design workshop
September 4, 11, 18, 25
Includes: Farm Tour, lectures, hands-on projects, presentations, group discussion, and networking. We will cover permaculture design theory & practice, food forest gardening, perennial food systems, plant propagation, efficient water & energy systems, fertility management - beneficial plants/healthy soils, Natural building and ecological systems as a model for human communities. ******************************************************************************************************
In a world out of balance, we are all looking for solutions that can lead to:
* Effective ways of growing healthy, organic food in urban environments * Regenerative farming that can both feed a family, earn an income and build soil fertility * Retrofitting techniques for existing houses or property that results in lower energy costs and better health for its inhabitants * Intelligent, thoughtful design principles to build sustainable lives, and sustainable communities in a world of Peak Everything
You will learn how to apply pro-active, sustainable design techniques to your immediate environment - whether you live in a small apartment, a quarter-acre block, or a rural property.
Covering organic food production, system design (and re-design) for comfort and lower energy consumption, and ideas on how to approach a sustainable and positive community existence within your neighborhood.
Permaculture principles, like any really good design principles, can be applied across any biosphere, any property, any landscape, any city. Permaculture is a network of well-grounded theories and techniques that, over time, result in sustainable and productive systems.
Systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community. No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.
This course of practical strategies to better care and provide for yourself, your family and the planet. It is jam-packed of essential knowledge, useful techniques, a site visit to Edendale Farm, an urban farm and community food Center and enough information to get you all fired up to be the change you want to see in this world.
Day1 3PM-6PM: Introduction permaculture, Definition, principles, philosophy and ethics. why Permaculutre? corriculum etc.. Day 2 10AM-4PM: Tour of edendale farm CSA & learning Center - Lunch- break into teams and assign projects in the following areas: grey water recycling-solar shower building-rainwater harvesting-planting-transplanting, building, soil testing- irrigation- animal husbandry- builing with earth, composting.
Day 3 10AM-4PM: Hands on project presentation to continue Day 4 10AM-4PM: Presentations, feedback, looking ahead & networking Recommneded reading:
-Permaculture A Design Manual by Bill Mollison -Permaculture Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren -Earth User's Guide to Permaculture by RoseMary Morrow
About the instructor:
David Kahn was born in Egypt, educated in France and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is an architect, an urban & permaculture designer, an artist and teacher. David applies his formal training in architecture, urban planning and community development to permaculture design. He has extensive multicultural experience both overseas and in the USA. His experience building with natural materials covers many climates. He has studied and worked in Africa, Asia and Europe. He specializes in ecological design, food safety and sustainable habitats. He is a co-founder of the Los Angeles Permaculture Institute, Director of the International Federation of Community Food Centers and Principal of Sustainable Habitats Design,LLC (www.sustainablehabitats.org). He is the founder of Edendale Farm CSA & Learning Center. An urban permaculture site in Silver Lake. (www.edendalefarm.com).
He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, member the California Straw Building Association, the International Straw Bale Building Conference, the Masonry Heater Association of North America. As Vice president he currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles Mycological Society. He is a consultant and lecturer in regenerative design, the ecological building of human habitats and food production systems to create stable productive communities in harmony with nature.
Cost including lunch and refreshments: Day 1 $40 Day2 $ 70 Day3 $ 70 Day4 $ 70 $ 210 all four days
What to bring: work
clothes: boots, gloves sunglasses, hat sun screen etc.
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Introduction to Permaculture Classes are offered monthly
We are living on a planet in crisis; often individuals feel powerless to effect change but Permaculture offers positive solutions to the problems facing the world; using ecology as the basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing, technology and community development, you can learn to create a self-sustaining environment, on a farm or in your urban backyard or apartment.
The Permaculture Design Course is for anyone interested in gaining skills and perspective for sustainable living and productivity. A Permaculture Design Course is a way to share accumulated information with others.
This Introduction to Permaculture Class is an outline of the science and art of Permaculture. It will define the term and its history, its founders the curriculum of the design course certificate, its ethics and foundations. It will describe the benefits and show some of the most important work undertaken by permaculture designers.
Permaculture is a design system which emulates natural patterns, combining ancient wisdoms with scientific knowledge to form a set of ethics and principles for creating sustainable culture.
Topics include: maximizing food production with small scale intensive growing, integrating animals, catching and conserving water, conserving and building soil, natural building, appropriate technology, alternative energy, waste system design, local trade systems and designing self-maintaining landscapes.
It is the perfect system to aid us into the transition to the energy descent society of the future, that is typified by scarce and expensive fossil fuel energy.