Permaculture Design Courses

Below is a list of Permaculture Design courses offered at Pacific Rim College.

Introduction to Permaculture and Ecological Systems (PERM101)

This course explores the process, ethics and principles of Permaculture Design. It introduces students to the framework of permaculture and provides key examples of permaculture in action. Included within this framework of permaculture is a focus on water, soil and energy in the agroecosystem.

This course includes basic botany training and covers topics including introduction to plant physiology, anatomy, and morphology. Plant identification is practiced in both the field and the classroom.

A wide range of soil management techniques, including soil chemistry, structure, evaluation, remediation, and management are covered. An in-depth exploration of water systems includes attention to factors such as climate change and land use patterns, and water harvesting techniques for the small- and large-scale property. Techniques include Keyline design, ponds and swales, and irrigation.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 9    Hours: 133

Permaculture Design Methods, Process and Mapping (PERM201)

This course introduces students to various design methods used in permaculture and to the design process. Topics include mapping techniques that can be applied to garden design, the theory behind permaculture design techniques, and the application of these techniques to actual design projects.

During this course students are paired with community partners to create permaculture designs. Final projects consist of written reports (reviewing and evaluating water systems, soil systems, built infrastructure, energy systems, and food and medicine systems on a site) and mapped designs (consisting of detailed zones and sector drawings, as well as detailed maps of future recommendations for biodiverse and resilient systems).

Prerequisites: PERM101    Credits: 8    Hours: 119

Permaculture Practicum (PERM301)

For 8 weeks in the summer, students gain invaluable experience working with our partner farms and organizations. Students register for placement with one of our existing partners or can apply for approval for other practical-based opportunities. Current opportunities include work on an organic blueberry farm, a willow farm, herb farms, with urban aquaculture, and market vegetable farms.

Prerequisites: – –    Credits: 11    Hours: 170