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Re: Permaculture Education
Elfin Permaculture News
Our Annual Permaculture Design Courses by Email Began November 29. Late
The Third annual Elfin Permaculture Design Course Online began November 29,
1998. Due to a flurry of last-minute interest, we have extended the time to
the lower "advanced payment" fee to Dec. 12. Later registrations will be
accepted at the
regular fee. Students can register for the course at any time, however once a
section is 1/3
complete, the instructor will require certificate students to take the section
over the next time
we offer the course. (There is no extra charge for this.) The course runs 5
to 6 months,
depending on the needs of the class.
The course combines readings in conventional books and papers with online
and a number of student reports. These include practice teaching of what they
and a comprehensive permaculture design report that serves as a final
the in-person three-week course, this five to six month online program confers
Permaculture Design Certificate on students who successfully complete all
Some students take the course to obtain professional guidance in developing
permaculture designs without the need to pay consulting rates. Non certificate
may, of course, waive any requirements.
Enrollment is limited to 20 students. However, anyone can monitor the course
nominal fee. Monitors do not take place in course discussion, although of
course they are
free to conduct private communications with any of the students.
For more information, email us at ElfPermacl@aol.com We will send you the
protocol and the course reading list. Students may enroll in the entire
program at one time
or in any of three course sections in any order.
The course follows the outline below:
SECTION 1: Introduction and Basic Principles
a) World ecological problems and interrelationships.
b) Principles of natural design.
c) Permaculture design concepts.
d) Classical landscapes.
e) Patterning, edges, edge effects.
f) The Permaculture Design Report
g) Principles of transformation (in process--you will get as much as we
have worked out at the moment--this is not part of ordinary permaculture
SECTION 2: Appropriate Technologies in Permaculture Design
a) Energy--solar, wind, hydro, biomass, etc.
b) Nutrient cycles--soil, microclimates, gardening methods, perennials,
crops, food parks, composting toilets, livestock, "pest" management, food
saving, cultivated systems, forests, etc.
c) Water--impoundments, aquaculture, conservation, etc.
SECTION 3: Social permaculture. Design Report.
a) Design for catastrophe.
b) Urban permaculture.
d) Alternative economics.
e) Village development.
f) Final design reports and critiques.
g) Final evaluation.
DESIGN SECTION. (Requires Section 1.) Students complete a permaculture
Students follow a set reading schedule supplemented by notes from the
They discuss reading assignments in an email classroom. The instructor also
course materials with resources drawn from varied components of the internet.
practice explaining or teaching permaculture basics, give special reports, and
complete permaculture design. The course runs 20-26 weeks, depending on the
needed to complete discussion of various topics. Students completing all
requirements receive a Permaculture Design Course certificate.
Students may arrange to enroll individual sections of the course in any
depending on their financial and schedule requirements. People may also
monitor the course at nominal cost.
Instructor Dan Hemenway has taught permaculture worldwide in Europe, Asia,
Pacific and North America. Dan is also founder, editor and publisher of The
Permaculture Solutions Journal, highly regarded among permaculturists, and
(Permaculture Review Overview and Digest). He is program director of APT
Permaculture Training), founder of the Forest Ecosystem Rescue Network (FERN),
active in related movements such as remineralization. He contributes to the
permaculture with ongoing work on principles of transformation. Dan holds
in various aspects of permaculture from the International Permaculture
received the annual Conservation Award from Friends of Nature in 1983 and the
Community Service Award from the International Permaculture Institute in 1984.
he was named as a delegate to "Roots of the Future," a conference of NGOs in
France, to prepare input to the UN "Earth Summit" held in June, 1992. More
was cited in Swathmore's Who’s Who in America for 1996-97, and from 1995 to
was named permanent Honorary Chairman, Permaculture Foundation - Net_Work -
Kenya, Homa Bay, Kenya.
For details, email Elfin Permaculture at email@example.com
Correspondence courses by mail continue to be available. Contact us if you
like to host a live course or workshop at your site.
PREP--Permaculture/Remineralization Education Program Studies Chinampas
In concert with Remineralize the Earth Foundation, Elfin Permaculture has
PREP--Permaculture/Remineralization Education Project. PREP was created
support a Kenyan permaculture project in which Elfin Permaculture has been
Now PREP seeks support for a study trip to Mexico to document Chinampas.
Dan has experimented with the chinampas concept in the past, and presently is
developing a permaculture design with chinampas at Barking Frogs Farm. To make
techniques we use compatible with areas where expanded food production is most
we are doing all work by hand. Volunteers are welcome and we have room for 2
The Barking Frogs Farm chinampas build on the Mexican technique by applying
permaculture design to integrate them to a total permaculture design.
Financial contributions are badly needed to document the last remaining
chinampas in Xochomilco, Mexico.
INTERNSHIPS AT BARKING FROGS PERMACULTURE CENTER
We have two internships available for people who wish to gain experience and
contribute to the development and outreach of permaculture design. Each of
internships is designed in response to goals of the interns as well as to
current needs of the
center. Work includes both indoor tasks (office, publications, design
and physical tasks (construction, chinampas building, agroforestry
gardening, animal care, harvest, etc.) and may include outreach activities.
the potential to develop into profit-sharing businesses and/or commonworks
the intern develops a sustainable means of self-support.
Paraguay Project Report
We have completed our initial consultation report for Maralá, our
project in Paraguay, and now look to see more development there. The people
are open to interns, volunteers, and potential new members of the community.
goals include personal self-support, development and implementation of a
design, outreach to others in Paraguay with sustainable practices, an
education center, a
biological reserve, and preservation and restoration of Paraguayan forest
Contact Stelvio and Brigitt at firstname.lastname@example.org and CC us at
PERMACULTURE CONSULTATION SERVICES
Elfin Permaculture offers consultation services including full permaculture
consultation reports, and a special client survey with feedback. (See the
form.) While we feel that for most people, training to design their own place
useful, there has proven to be a valid place for some consultation. In
addition to designs
for people who have not received permaculture training, we find that we help
some experience to design difficult or delicate parts of their site. We will
accept no more
than two design or consulting jobs concurrently in order to have time to work
on our own
place. For details, contact Dan Hemenway, Barking Frogs Permaculture Center,
52, Sparr FL 32192-0052 USA or email Dan at Permacltur@aol.com
Yankee Permaculture Publication News
Second Edition of Cornucopia Expected Soon
A new, updated edition of Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants by
Stephen Facciola is expected to be in print very soon. The original 676 large-
edition lists about 3,000 plant species useful as food and provides detailed
for more than 110 cultivated crops. It furnishes botanical listings by family
plants, fungi, algae, and bacteria, a special section of cultivar listings, a
list of sources where materials described can be obtained, an index of species
naturalized to North America, an Index of species not listed in Kunkeel, a
general index of
families and genera, and appendices of abbreviations, for type of product
bibliographical citations, and descriptions for plant sources. Fascinating
reading in its own
right, Cornucopia is an invaluable tool for permaculturists for such purposes
sources of "obscure" species, identifying food uses of plants on site, and
additional uses for food plants. We regard this as an essential book for every
library. The new edition will be especially helpful in updating where each
listed species and
variety may be purchased. Contact us to be on the list to receive notice when
edition is in stock.
TRIP VII Is Off the Press!
Vol. VII of TRIP, The Resources of International Permaculture, was back from
printer around Dec. 1, 1998. TRIP VII is a directory of about 2,000 groups
working for some aspect of sustainable habitation. Each entry is listed by
country, city and so forth in the main directory. Then entries are indexed
alphabetical name of every group and publication and by a set of 16
categories. TRIP VII
costs $25 + P&H and includes a subscription to our update service. Typically,
three updates of changes, deletions and additions between entirely new
volumes. TRIP is
updated continually, on a nearly daily basis.
Yankee Permaculture also offers TRIP-on-Disk. There are no volume numbers
because each 3.5-inch computer disk we ship is copied from our master database
day that we process your order. TRIP-on-Disk starts at $50 + P&H depending on
format that you need. Send $1.00 +a #10 SASE or 2 International Return Mail
for an instruction sheet on ordering disks from Yankee Permaculture.
Disk lists about 2,000 groups and publications. Updates are available at 1/2
the cost of a
TRIP VI Clearance at 80% OFF!
We printed too many copies of Volume VI of TRIP. In order to get more copies
into people's hands, we are reducing the price to $5 + P&H now for the print
no frills. We will also supply updates as long as they are in stock.
TRIP is our international directory of groups working on issues directly
permaculture, such as the environment, greens, water, forests, alternative
appropriate technology, genetic resources, bioregionalism, sustainable cities,
sustainable food systems, Earth spirituality, alternative education and of
permaculture itself. Each listing includes the full address and comments,
arranged by region. Cross indices by group and publication name, as well as by
of activity (e.g. permaculture publications, forests, etc.) assure that you
can find pertinent
groups from a variety of starting points.
Kourik's Edible Landscaping Book Goes Out of Print, But Damaged Copies Are
Robert Kourik's outstanding volume, *Designing and Maintaining Your Edible
Landscape, Naturally* has gone out of print. However Yankee Permaculture was
buy Bob's remaining inventory of slightly damaged copies. These are available
while they last. Bob tells us that he expects a new edition to be available
in 2 or 3 years,
though a publisher was not yet secured the last we heard. We can also provide
copies at $40 each while they last. Both prices require additional P&H as
usual. This is
one of the books in our extensive permaculture library that we consult the
most. I would
not be without it.
SPECIAL ORDER NEWS
Yankee Permaculture publishes a special order catalog, paper #27, that lists
manner of resources for which there is little market,, but which are
invaluable to some
individuals seeking translations, databases, permaculture designs,
consultation reports, out-of-print public domain publications, and so forth.
Permaculture designs and consultation reports are often listed at 10% of the
(always plus P&H) and we have a number of student reports as well, generally
cover some of the labor of stocking and order processing. The next addition
will be more
than 200 pages of report for Maralá, a Paraguayan project with which we
Appendices including data bases, are offered separately as usual. Send $5.00
if you wish
to see a the table of contents, directory of appendices, and list of figures,
via email, $10 for
us to print them out and send them by physical mail.
•YPC TITLES ARE LISTED BY TOPIC ON THE WEB
• Ask for Clearance List of Discounted Publications.
We have a small number of used, damaged and discontinued publications
at great discounts from our clearance list. Ask for the latest version.
Ordering Yankee Permaculture Publications from This Sheet.
Some of the publications listed on this sheet may have not yet been added to
Yankee Permaculture Order Form as of this writing. To compute the cost, add
the total of
publications that you seek, then compute Postage & Handling. P&H costs 10% of
purchase price in the US and 20% elsewhere. However there is a minimum of
on small orders. Pay P&H only for the first $150 of each order. You may
purchases from this sheet with those from the order form to get the best deal
If at all possible, please use the order form, even if you only order from
Simply attach the list of new publications to the order form. The regular YPC
lists all conditions and procedures.
Items ordered from this sheet
Postage & Handling* ($3 minimum, pay only on first $150 of order)
Total Order (US funds only, checks must be drawn on a US Bank.)
Contribution to meet requests from "Third World" groups, elementary school
_____ This order is not combined with an order on the regular Yankee
Form. I have attached my name and address.
Yankee Permaculture, P.O. Box 52, Sparr FL 32192-0052 USA. email:
* 10 percent of the order to USA addresses, 20 percent to addresses elsewhere.