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Permaculture Electives

Permaculture Practicum

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 …

Growing Food and Medicine Systems: Part Two

Building on the knowledge covered in Growing Food and Medicine Systems: Part One, this portion of the course focuses on perennial and annual plants that can be used in a permaculture garden setting, incorporating local wild food and medicine plants found in the Pacific Northwest. There is specific focus on ethnobotanical information and ethical harvesting …

Growing Food and Medicine Systems: Part One

This course explores common perennial and annual plants that can be used in a permaculture garden setting. The focus is on edible and medicinal species and their cultural requirements. Topics include an  introduction to plant physiology, anatomy, and morphology. Plant identification is practiced in the field and in the classroom. This course includes site specific …

Community Development, Planning and Facilitation

The course helps students become effective change agents in their communities. Students are introduced to tools and techniques to assist with community organizing and facilitation. Students learn to observe and assess the social and spatial landscape that they are working in as well as engage in self-reflective practices, as a process leading up to community consultation …

Business Development and Project Management

This course explores tools and processes that help graduates to launch successful careers. Topics include proposal and grant writing, business planning, and funding options. Students have the opportunity to “pitch” their future business plans and goals in a formal presentation style that helps to prepare students for pitch scenarios. Outside business experts are invited to …

Natural Building Techniques for the Garden

This course explores various natural building techniques, with a focus on cob earthen structures. Students are introduced to a realm of natural building options through lectures, hands-on opportunities and site visits. Students are given an overview of different types of natural building techniques and the background and rational for using natural materials. Students also have …

Permaculture Design Methods, Process and Mapping

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 …

Introduction to Permaculture and Ecological Systems

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 …