Fall 2020 PDC

Fall 2020 PDC


Cost : $750 ($250 deposit required to secure registration)

Dates:  August 14-23, 2020. 

Venue: K-State University


Meals are included in the course fee as are all materials for the course.  Lodging will be paid by the individual based on the arrangements made.  Camping on-site is free and shower facilities are available.  An additional list of available lodging in Manhattan will be forwarded upon registration.  Classes will run into the evening hours, so participants are encouraged to stay locally.


KPI Fall Permaculture Design Course 2020 will be taught as a 10 day intensive course at K-State University, Kansas. Students completing this course will be able to:

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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



    The Fall 2020 PDC offered at K-State University, KS will feature multiple hands-on activities where students will:

    • Propagate perennials from cuttings, root divisions and by grafting

    • Preserve the harvest by canning, lacto-fermenting and dehydration

    • Plan, plant and tend annual vegetables

    • Cook with solar ovens

    • Make compost

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

    • Use multiple design softwares to create professional looking designs


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