“Our ethical task is to live cooperatively with each other. Our design aims for living together are to conserve natural resources, implement fair trade and financial systems, share responsibility for work, and provide meaningful, dignified and safe work.” - Rosemary Morrow,
Author of Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC)
July 15-27, 2016
Rathvinden Farm, Bozeman, Montana
Full Cost: $1,550
Early Bird Registration May 15th, 2016: $1,150
This summer, we at Broken Ground and Inside Edge Design are excited to offer a 13-day Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Rooted in the teachings of Bill Mollison,David Holmgren, and Rosemary Morrow, students will receive the 72-hour core curriculum, and will also come away with skills to be practitioners in the areas of Edible Forest Gardening, Social Systems Design, Regenerative Agriculture, Community Development, Rural or Urban Homestead/Farm-scale Enterprise Planning, and Digital Mapping and Design Methods and Tools. This will be a full immersion course, with lots of practical experience complementing lecture time.
What is edible forest gardening?“Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts.” - Dave Jacke, Author of Edible Forest Gardens
What is social systems design?“Without good design of social structures and healthy inner landscapes, the ecosystems we design cannot and will not function appropriately….We believe it is imperative that these
issues be discussed and designed ahead of time.” - Dave Jacke
What is regenerative agriculture?
“More than a mere alternative strategy, regenerative agriculture represents a fundamental shift in our culture’s relationship to nature. Regenerative agriculture
comprises an array of techniques that rebuild soil and, in the process, sequester carbon...It also offers ecological benefits far beyond carbon storage: it stops soil erosion, remineralizes soil, protects the purity of groundwater and reduces damaging pesticide and fertilizer runoff.”
- Charles Eisenstein, Author of Sacred Economics
Site visits include:
Cloud Nine Farm – a diversified permaculture farm with a small scale holistically managed grazing operation, Keyline cultivation, four season greenhouse production, a market garden, and on-farm food processing
Broken Ground Property – a suburban ¾ acre lot designed as a cold climate permaculture demonstration site
The Ark Property – a tiny homestead illustrating urban permaculture design
Springhill Community Garden – a collective community farm of 40+ people illustrating a successful social and ecological design
REGISTERING AND PAYING FOR THE COURSE - $1,150 (early bird until May 15), $1550 (full cost); $1100 each for couple (early bird), $1500 each for couple (full cost). Childcare is available. The course fee includes instruction, camping accommodations, 3 meals/day, course handouts, and transportation to surrounding permaculture sites. Child-care is subsidized, but there may be a nominal fee depending on the demand.
To Register and Pay for the course, please click here for our registration document. After filling it out and clicking SUBMIT, you will be given a link to make your payment. If you'd like to pay by check/money order, please make it out to Inside Edge Design and mail to 1024 11th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601. We must receive payment within 5 days of registration to hold your spot.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT IN FULL - A $350 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration, with payment in full due by June 15, 2016.
Work trade - Work trade arrangements will be made in a limited capacity. Email Jesse and Kareen at MontanaPDC@gmail.com if you are interested.
Community-Supported Permaculture Designers Program - Work-trade applicants and anyone interested in financial assistance with the course should consider creating their own Community-Supported Permaculture Designer (CSPD). Download the details here.
CANCELLATION POLICY - Full refunds minus the $350 non-refundable deposit will be given up to 6 weeks prior to the start of class only. Refund requests made less than 6 weeks prior to class will only be honored, less the $350 non-refundable deposit, if the space is able to be filled by another paying student. There are absolutely no refunds once the course has begun.
In the event of low registration by June 15th this course will be cancelled and all tuition funds will be returned to the payer.
PAY BALANCE - Payments for the remainder of the tuition are due on June 15, 2016. Payment must be paid in full for course participation. Check or money order is preferred - please make out checks to Inside Edge Design and mail to 1024 11th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601. To pay your balance for the course via PayPal before June 15, please follow: http://www.brokengroundpermaculture.com/montana-pdc.html Please fill out the form, select your balance amount, submit, and you will be directed to PayPal. If you have a question about your balance amount, please direct them to Jesse and Kareen at MontanaPDC@gmail.com.
Penny Livingston-Stark, (Regenerative Design Institute) teaches internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 25 years and holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration. She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses, and diverse yield perennial farms. Penny co-manages Commonweal Garden, a 17-acre organic and certified salmon-safe farm in Bolinas, California.
Jessica Peterson (Inside Edge Design) holds a Masters Degree in Population and Development Economics, a BA in Psychology, and possesses certifications in Gracious Space Facilitation, Non-Violent Communication, and Permaculture and Restoration Landscape Design. In her heart of hearts and by practice she is an ecological community organizer, teacher and entrepreneur. Jesse applies the permaculture framework and holistic planning to her everyday life, at home, at work, and at play. She is developing an urban perennial farmstead on her property and markets value-added products from her own kitchen. Her current permaculture obsession is social systems designs, commons management along with experiments with farm to pharmacy. Jesse has taught permaculture in her community and beyond and just wrapped up teaching a 9-Day Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens.
Kareen Erbe (Broken Ground) Kareen is an experienced permaculture practitioner and has been teaching permaculture and gardening workshops through her business, Broken Ground, for 5 years. She and her family are developing a ¾ acre suburban cold climate demonstration site with a food forest, kitchen gardens, greenhouse, pond, chickens, ducks and a greywater system. She has a BSc. in Environmental Science and completed an advanced permaculture program taught by Geoff Lawton, at PRI. This included training in earthworks, composting, soil biology, and urban permaculture design. Kareen also trained in teaching permaculture with Rosemary Morrow, author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture. She has Master Gardener and Master Composter Certification, training in Ecology Action’s Grow Biointensive methods and participated in a Food Forest Design Charrette with author, teacher and designer, Dave Jacke. She has also worked as a permaculture consultant for the sustainability organization, GoodtoChina, in Shanghai. Kareen is a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine.
Caroline Wallace (Inside Edge Design) Caroline Wallace has a degree in Landscape Architecture and is certified in permaculture design. She and Jesse are the co-founders of Inside Edge Design and co-designed the 6th Ward Garden Park, the first public perennial edible park in MT, with Dave Jacke and the community of Helena. Caroline is our site analysis, mapping, graphic design, communications, and community design facilitation guru! She is most passionate about designing beautiful, edible, and resource-wise outdoor living and production spaces and uses permaculture as an ecological and social design framework. Caroline has a deep-rooted belief in the value of community, collaboration, and a pressing need for communities to be more self-reliant. She is excited to get you on your way to creating beautiful designs which will achieve your ecological livelihood dreams!
Chris Borton (Sage Mountain Center), a 4th generation builder, is the director and co-founder of Sage Mountain Center, an off-grid, sustainably designed educational facility located in Whitehall, MT. For over 20 years, Sage Mountain Center has provided consultation services, seminars and tours in everything from passive solar straw bale home building, cordwood construction, and permaculture to solar and wind power for students, homeowners, and businesses across the state.
Brent Brock (HoloScene Wildlife Services) is a landscape ecologist and has over 30 years of professional experience in ecology and wildlife conservation, working for the Konza Biological Station, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Craighead Institute and now his own business, HoloScene Wildlife Services. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology from Kansas State University. His education provides a deep understanding of the ecological connection between wildlife habitat and working landscapes. Brent has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters on ecology and conservation.
Allison Rooney (Cloud Nine Farm) Allison Rooney and her family own and operate Cloud Nine Farm in Wilsall, Montana. Established in 2008, the farm is continuously evolving to comprise a workable approach to regenerative agricultural production methods, including a small scale holistically managed mixed grazing operation, Keyline cultivation, four-season greenhouse production, a market garden, on-farm food processing, and ongoing work with permaculture-inspired design techniques. Allison’s goal is to create a diversified farm system with a healthy economic outlook while serving local communities safe and delicious food. The farm is certified organic, and produces vegetables, herbs, microgreens, nursery plants, eggs, and small livestock on pasture.
Jennifer Hill-Hart (Alternative Energy Resources Organization) is a passionate advocate for social justice and healthy, sustainable communities. She is the Executive Director of AERO in Helena, MT. Prior to working with AERO, Jennifer worked as a staff attorney for Montana Legal Services Association, providing legal assistance to low-income people. Her graduate studies focused on environmental justice and sustainable communities in Indian Country. Jen’s academic and research interests include policy issues that create systemic change for people living in poverty, including: environmental justice–particularly food justice and energy justice, sustainable and empowered communities, healthcare, education, and access to justice.
Max Milton (Timeless Seeds) grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with summers at Lake Tahoe and on a ranch in Montana. He has lived in Helena, Montana for the last 40 years. He studied at Dartmouth College and Chicago Theological Seminary. Max has been an ethical investor for over 40 years. He currently chairs the Board of Timeless Seeds, a Montana based packager of organic lentils, other pulse crops and ancient grains and is a partner in a family land and livestock business, He started and owned a small restaurant, been part of a small publishing operation, and helped start a non endowed foundation to raise funds for granting throughout the NW and Northern Rockies in areas including human rights, environment, and sustainable agriculture.
Tim Southwell and Grant Shadden (ABC acres) run ABC acres, an 80-acre permaculture and regenerative agriculture farm in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. Sustainable food production, healthy living systems, and ecological design are the focus of the farm. Their cattle, chickens and pigs are out on open pasture, eating, resting and living the way nature intended. ABC acres’ crops are a mixture of annuals and perennials intertwined with pollinator species, companion plantings, and multi-structured food forests. Both Tim and Grant are certified in permaculture design. Grant received his Permaculture Design Certifying Instructor Training and teaches numerous PDCs. Each ecological entrepreneurs, they are eager to share their experiences with farm and business planning, as well as holistic and regenerative land and animal management systems.
THE LEARNING SITE
The course takes place at Rathvinden Farm and Sanctuary, a 50-acre site just north of Bozeman, Montana, dedicated to sustainable agriculture, education, art, and animal welfare. The farm is in the beginning stages of its permaculture design and development. It currently has an in ground greenhouse, gardens, rainwater catchment systems, and chickens.
The course fee includes camping accommodations with outdoor toilets and showers. Course will be at the height of summer, one of the best times to visit Montana.
If you would prefer indoor options for an additional cost, please contact us.