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Spring 2020 PDC Deposit


Dates:  April 3-5; May 1-3 and June 12-14 2020. 

Heartland Farm near Great Bend, KS




*Total cost for the course is $1,150, which includes an optional $150 for on-site housing.


* Balance to be paid in full prior to last class.


The Spring Permaculture Design Course 2020 will be taught as a series of three, 3-day weekend sessions at Heartland Farm near Salina, 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 Spring 2020 PDC offered at Heartland Farm in Pawnee Rock, 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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