The Spring 2020 Permaculture Design Course will be taught as a series of three, 3-day weekend sessions at Heartland Farm near Great Bend, Kansas. 

Dates are April 3-5, May 1-3, and June 12-14, 2020.

The Spring 2020 PDC offered at Heartland Farm will feature multiple hands-on activities where students will:

  1. Propagate perennials from cuttings, root divisions and by grafting

  2. Preserve the harvest by canning, lacto-fermenting and dehydration

  3. Plan, plant and tend annual vegetables

  4. Cook with solar ovens

  5. Make compost

  6. Use a landscape compass, sight transit and laser transit to find contours on a landscape

  7. Use multiple design softwares to create professional looking designs

Students completing this course will be able to:

  1. Describe the challenges facing our current economic and agricultural systems and how the principals of permaculture provide sustainable solutions.

  2. Understand how permaculture ethics and principals guide sustainable agriculture systems design.

  3. Apply the systems of permaculture design to solve problems in real-world situations from conceptual frameworks through installation and maintenance.

  4. Explain the dynamics of biologically rich and diverse soils, soil development and conservation and why healthy soil is vitally important to a sustainable food system.

  5. Plant perennial polyculture systems from no-till raised bed gardens to cultivation of food forests. Understand how to maintain a perennial food production system.

  6. Create landscapes that harvest water, influence microclimates and build soil structure.

  7. Embrace energy-efficient approaches to building construction, energy conservation, renewable energy sources and resource utilization.

  8. Utilize livestock to improve soil structure and biodiversity in dry climates.

  9. Recognize invisible structures and social systems that create the fabric of our lives and communities.



  • Each weekend will begin with registration at 8AM on Friday and classes beginning at 9AM. 

  • Friday and Saturday will have class activities into the evening

  • Lunch and dinner are included in the course fee. 

  • Sunday classes will end by 5PM. 


  • Lodging is included in the course fee.  If you are driving daily, you can deduct $150 from the course fee.


  • Students should bring a notebook and writing utensils

  • It will be helpful to have colored pencils, but some will be provided also for the design sessions

  • If the student has a laptop or tablet that they would like to use, that is also welcome

  • We will talk about a few different software packages for creating professional looking designs and having access to google earth to work on their personal project will be helpful, but not required  

Instructors: Amber Lehrman, Ben Stallings, and Carol Barta. 

Location: Heartland Farm, County Road 390, Pawnee Rock, KS.

Course fee: $1,150; $250 deposit to enroll, balance to be paid before the course completion.


Registration deadline: March 1

Financial aid is available to qualified
applicants. Applications must be received by March 1. Preference will be given to applicants who have already registered for the course.

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