[permaculture] Permaculture Design Courses and their value in learning Permaculture.

L. Santoyo santoyo at earthflow.com
Wed Dec 23 23:52:55 EST 2009

LL -you are welcome anytime, to one of our courses (as my guest -of

Our urban courses are done in a "weekend" format (urban planning and
economic development focus) -we do those, several times a year in Los
Angeles and in 010 in NYC (the spring course will be our 9th year in Los

We also do a couple of two-week intensives a year all around the west (on
different farms and ranches).

happy holidays,



On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 4:13 PM, Lawrence F. London, Jr. <
venaurafarm at bellsouth.net> wrote:

> I have never taken a PD course, only a weekend workshop
> offering several courses plus field trips for brainstorming solutions to
> problems at sites we visited. This was a completely new thing to do,
> not a gardeners or farmers meeting but a permaculture event to enlighten
> us to what it was all about. That lit the fire in me to learn more
> aand embrace permaculture as the ingenious umbrella discpline that is
> it, encompassing horticulture, site preparation, all aspects of farming,
> constuction, renewable energy and community skills and a way of thinking
> about you own life and lifestyle.
> After reading all the comments about PD curriculula and the standards at
> the core of permaculture and being previously in doubt whether I had any
> need for a PD course, I am now convinced that yes, I do need that and
> yes, it is essential for anyone seriously interested in pursuing
> permaculture in their lives.
> I'd like to give a big thumbs up to all those who venture into the field
> of offering this coursework to new students and others already familiar
> with permaculture who know that the learning process never ends.
> I think that is easy to see why it is important that PD instructors
> have the necessary training themselves, are certified and have had work
> and field experience. Farmers aren't required to have training but they
> do have to meet strict standards and are government regulated. The
> permaculture movement should willingly be self policing and self
> regulating. Those involved should want to do this and feel enriched by
> the process, thats positive feedback in action.
> LL
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