Modular Permaculture Design Certificate

This permaculture design certificate will be run over 12 weekends throughout 2011 & 2012
The modules will be held at a variety of sites throughout the Waikato, enabling the participants to view different levels of permaculture in practice.
The modules in Hamilton will be held at Waimarie Community House in Hamilton East but the permaculture Trust will be the main point of contact.
Participants who want to complete the certificate must do the first module at the beginning of the course but can complete the certificate over 2 years and attend modules in other regions. It is also possible to partake in chosen modules without receiving the certificate.

Module fee: sliding scale
$100  / module for beneficiaries, part time workers & those completing the certificate.
$120 / module for full employment, and participation in chosen modules without completing the certificate.

1.         Philosophy and Design           May 7th.                  Hamilton
Introduction to the ethics & principles of permaculture and learn the permaculture design process.
Explore realistic priorities for reducing your ecological footprint and designing abundance into your life.
 Explore strategies for re-designing your property and lifestyle.
Expert design advice is provided to assist you to develop a concept plan for your site, or project that you chose to work at.

   2.       Climate and Water          June 11th.                                
 Global and local weather patterns; climate change.
Atmospheric conditions, types of climates and weather.
 Micro climates – shelter, shade, suntraps, harnessing the wind.
Urban weather patterns (acid rain, urban heat sink, wind patterns & tall buildings).
Air quality, pollution & re-vitalisation.
Introduction to the hydrological cycle.
Water conservation, devices and technology.
Water harvesting and storage (rain water, dams, and swales).
Water quality and quantity, purifying and treatment techniques.
Riparian vegetation and aquaculture.

3. Human Sphere          July 9th.                      Ngaruawahia
Cultural values, assumptions and perceptions.
Indigenous resource concepts, kaitiakitanga and Maori metaphysics.
An understanding of deep ecology.
Radical citizenship and social ecology, designing for personal and social transformation.
Cooperative decision making, legal structures and ownership. Conflict resolution.
View examples of living lightly and personal resilience.

4.  Community Resilience      August 20th.            Hamilton
Possible natural disasters for our bioregion, pest infestation, social-crime, war and revolution.
Recognising risks and hazards, coping with dramatic and immediate change.
Job loss and financial collapse, alternative financial systems.
Food storage and natural food and medicine sources.
Transition towns.

5.      Landscape and Site Assessment       September 10th.          Raglan            Observation and interactions with nature and the landscape.  Natures reoccurring patterns.
 Techniques for observation; measuring and recording landforms; sectors and aspect.
Gathering information of natural conditions, cultural features and requirements       Including water sheds; water catchments & dams.
Landscape management.

  6.    Large Animals and Forestry           October 8th.
Animal grazing and soil fertility, grazing management and animal care (water, stock movement, shelter, shade & health).     
Structures (fencing, yards, buildings etc.)
Forest diversity and habitats, forest effects & services; forest regeneration; forest layout and uses.
Species for firewood, timber, amenity, habitat etc. firewood coppicing; plantation management (pruning, thinning etc).

7.    Small animals and orchards       November 12th           Raglan
Selecting trees/vines/berries/crops etc. for climate and site; layout for needs, guilds, diversity and in relation to facilities.
Planting and propagation; management for productivity and plant health, and integration with small animals (bees, poultry, pigs).
Ecology of plants and animals; management and care of small animals. Water requirements, swales & irrigation.

8.   Soils and Gardening              December 3rd.             Hamilton
Nature of soils and soil structure; soil testing (visual assessment and plant indications).
Soil/plant/animal relationships.
Soil health and fertilisers. Composting; revitalisation aids (seaweed, rock dusts, EM, biodynamic, etc.)
Gardening layout & design (sun, shelter, access, companion planting, rotation, green manures); garden preparation (digging or no-dig, mulching); garden types and relationships.
 Plant health & diseases/pests/predators, weed management.
 Aquaculture. Water harvesting & irrigation.
Seed saving

9.    Built Environments        February 11th.            Raglan
Principles of building biology and ecology; orientation and layout for site and surroundings.
Building design –  (warmth & ambience, insulation, passive & active systems, storage & heat pumps, sound, light & electro-magnetism).
building materials and construction (local earth, straw, timber, embodied energy, toxicity, finishing’s).
Reuse & recycling – compost toilets, grey water systems, water harvesting & storage.

10.  Energy and Technology        March 17th.              Ruapuke
Nature and types of energy.Energy analysis, efficiency and life-cycle of energy.
Examples of appropriate technologies (high tech & low tech solutions).
Transport & energy alternatives. 
Energy storage; site specific and community based systems.
The 4Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle & repair.

11.  Urban Development            April 14th.              Hamilton
Healthy and sustainable living in cities.
Community culture; education and values.
Suburban retrofit and reducing your ecological footprint; apartment living; engaging in local communities and councils; subdivision and development.
Layout and integration of urban systems; (public spaces, transport & circulation, housing, energy supplies& distribution, urban waste cycles, urban food production, storm water, waste water & potable water management.

12.   Design Project and Presentations          May19th.              Hamilton
The design project can be completed individually or in groups.
It should be completed in a minimum of 20 hours per person per project.
Tutors will be available for feedback throughout the process.
Projects can be on subject matter the student is interested in, so long it demonstrates the application of sustainable design principles introduced in the first module. This may take the form of a landscape design for an individual dwelling, a retrofit of a house, work with a community group, setting up a local alternative economic model, etc.
It is intended that projects be undertaken in parallel to the course so that designs are built on by progressive learning throughout the course.
Students will be required to do a 15 minute presentation of their project to the tutors and colleagues.
Presentations should demonstrate how the design was conceived (design process0, the project (final design) and a brief outline on implementation and/ or management.



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9 Responses to Modular Permaculture Design Certificate

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  2. Charmaine Reynolds says:

    I work at weekends but am very interested in the course, do you do it midweek? Thanks

  3. Macaila says:

    This course has already started, correct? When does it next start up again? I am very interested in attending.

  4. Raimundo Labbe says:

    Hi I want to do this course from March 2012 to Ocotober 2012. Is it possible t maybe do it twice a month instead of once a month?

    • yabadeh says:

      We will have the next course planned in the next couple of months. If there are enough people interested in doing 2 modules a month we could look at organising that. At this stage participants are happy to do one module per month.

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