Permaculture is a design process that attempts to mimic the structure and function of natural ecosystems in human landscapes. This course introduces students to permaculture concepts and designs that they can use in their own homes and communities, as well as to the permaculture community of practice in the western Piedmont and foothills, a grassroots network that is the most important source of long-term learning. Certification in Permaculture Design requires a minimum of 72 hours of work, so this course alone will not meet that requirement.
During the first week, students will examine designs and hear from guest speakers. During the second week, students will complete designs for their own home properties. During the third on-campus week, students will present their designs and work collaboratively on a theoretical design for the campus.