Fourth Permaculture Design Certificate Offered this Summer
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HANDS-ON PERMACULTURE – Students learn how to apply the principles through the building of an herb spiral at Tomten Farm (top); students present a design at Tomten Farm (bottom). (Courtesy photos)
HANDS-ON PERMACULTURE – Students learn how to apply the principles through the building of an herb spiral at Tomten Farm (top); students present a design at Tomten Farm (bottom). (Courtesy photos)
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Scholarship opportunities for adults and high school students

The University Centers of the San Miguel holds its fourth annual Permaculture Design Certificate July 20-August 3.  The four-credit-hours course can be applied to the Certificate of Sustainable Practices from Colorado Mesa University, or taken for non-credit.

Permaculture balances social, environmental and economic needs in order to have a sustainable future through a set of ethics and principles that provide a basis for wise design and decision-making. “Permaculture Design is what I consider to be the most important education and should be common knowledge for everyone,” said Robyn Wilson, facilitator and co-instructor.

The internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate is unique because students are exposed to five instructors with different specialties and who reside at three different farms in different ecosystems.  The class spends the first week learning the ethics and design principles outside of Hotchkiss at two locations – Peace and Plenty Farm and The Oasis. The second week focuses on the Telluride region at Tomten Farm.  Additional tours go to Ridgway and Paonia.  “The goal of our Permaculture Design course is for students to be become very familiar with the principles, and be exposed to different ideas of how to apply them in both rural and urban settings,” said Wilson. “There are several designs that the students create in preparation for their final design presentation.  How they apply this knowledge in the future has endless possibilities.”  

Permaculture combines indigenous knowledge with appropriate technologies, using principles providing practical guidelines that can be applied to every aspect of life.  These include observation, obtaining a yield, accepting feedback and applying self-regulation, use and value renewable resources, produce no waste, design from patterns to details, integrate rather than segregate, use small and slow solutions, value diversity, creatively respond to change, and more.  While these are not new concepts, modern society has moved away from these principles.  Join the course this year and rejuvenate your relationships with other people and your surroundings.

Scholarships are available for high school students and adults. Please see the website for a short information video and other information about the course.  Visit the online catalog and website for additional information www.ucsanmiguel.org , or call 970/708-0559.

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