Accelerated Permaculture Design certificate course has been organized by Claudia Joseph, a permaculture consultant, practitioner and community leader who holds a Diploma of Permaculture in Education and Design from Permaculture USA and is certified by Permaculture Institute of North America. Claudia is a member of PAN – Permaculture Association of the Northeast.

The certificate course is an intensive study designed to acquaint you with the core principles of permaculture design. It is not equivalent to Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course—minimum 72 hours of study—that allows one to use the word permaculture in relation to business. If you are interested in pursuing PDC, please talk with Claudia Joseph.

Students are required to participate in 6 hours of Field Training. 
Field sessions are weather dependent and will require confirmation the day before. The rain date for Saturday, September 22nd is Sunday, September 23rd. Cellphone use is not permitted during Field Training, as this learning is experientially based. Students may be asked to lift heavy items, use sharp tools, get dirty and otherwise exert themselves. If field training presents special challenges for you, please let us know in advance. Closed toe shoes are required for safety. 

Field Training Goals:
  • Learn about biological gardening through hands-on experience and direct observation.
  • Learn about resilience.
  • Learn to use an A-frame to find contour.
  • Learn how to increase the dynamic life level of a landscape.
  • Learn about the social design of whole systems management.
  • Learn simple herbal remedies and forage plants.
  • Understand what makes a landscape useful.
Attendance and course requirements
  • Students are expected to attend all sessions and to participate in all activities—including field sessions—in order to receive a Certificate. There will be some physical exertion required as well as speaking in front of the class. 
  • Please inform Claudia Joseph at in advance if you are going to be late, absent or leave early.
  • Missed hours must be compensated with make-up activities, arranged on an individual basis, and may include sessions that require further payment to earn the Certificate. 
  • Please make every effort to attend, to be on time and to participate fully: being present is essential to this course of study. 
  • You will be asked to turn off your cell phones during class and not to use them in the gardens. Bring something to drink and wear comfortable clothes. Shoes with closed toes are needed for fieldwork.
Recommended Reading
  • Peter Bane, The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town & Country 
  • Mark Shepard, Restoration Agriculture a recent classic reference for perennial agricultural systems.
  • Patrick Whitefield’s Permaculture in a Nutshell is recommended for those seeking an easy read.
  • Jono Neiger The Permaculture Promise.

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