[permaculture] 2009-2010 Online permaculture design course announcement

Robert Waldrop bwaldrop at cox.net
Fri Jul 10 12:29:55 EDT 2009

2009 Permaculture News & Scholarship Deadlines
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For details on the news items below, visit our web 
site: www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org

Contents below:
.  14th  Annual Permaculture Design Course Online
.  Permaculture Solution Journal to Resume 
.  Discounted Publications Still Available
.  Permaculture images:  Searches, CDs, Scanned 
slide presentations.
.  Internships
.  Florida Permaculture Workshop Opportunities
.  Scholarship Deadline--Aug. 1

This is our annual news release.  For more detail 
information a nd updates, please visit our web 
site at www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org .

Elfin Permaculture Announces
14th Annual Permaculture Design Course Online
Elfin Permaculture's 14th Annual Permaculture 
Design Course Online, which begins Oct. 4, 2009, 
benefits from more than a dozen years of the 
online courses and more than a quarter century of 
teaching permaculture by the lead instructor, Dan 

The deadline for scholarship applications is Aug. 
1 each year. (See below.) Otherwise, students may 
register at any time. Students who are fully paid 
before the cycle begins receive a $100 discount. 
We are in great need of contributions to supply 
reading materials to scholarship students.

People with limited funds or time may also monitor 
the course free with purchase of the course CD 
self-study version, or the full self-study reading 
package. Monitor registration must accompany 
registration for free tuition. See the Course 
Protocol, on our web site, for details.

The certificate course runs six months and 
includes the following learning approaches:

. extensive reading in books, papers, both in 
print and on the course CD-ROM;

. 21 modules of at least one week, mainly 
presented on the CD, representing the formal 
presentations of course instructors;

.  at least four reports from each student, 
including a full permaculture design report;

.  class discussion via email of readings and 
reports, as well as questions and issues raised by 
students or instructors;

.  the opportunity to participate in student study 
groups where interested students can pursue any 
agreed-upon topic for as long as they wish 
(independently of the course schedule);

. support for students by three instructors:

Dan Hemenway, course designer leader;
Cynthia Hemenway CNM, designer and discussion 
leader for a special week on Design for Health, 
Robert Waldrop, founder of the Oklahoma Food 
Cooperative and leader of several online 
discussion groups, course moderator and currently 
discussion leader. You may read further background 
of our instructors on our web site.  In practice, 
Robert will lead most discussion groups and review 
early design work and Dan will review more 
complete design drafts and provide deep backup 
throughout, as needed.  Cynthia focuses mainly on 
the Design for Health module and serves as further 
deep back up.

The online course consists of three consecutive 
sections, plus work on a permaculture design which 
students undertake throughout the cycle in which 
they are registered. Samples of student design 
work are included in the course CD. We offer 
several registration options to accommodate people 
in varied circumstances including a 
non-certificate track, certificate training in one 
six-month cycle, and a two year 'deliberate track' 
that enables a student to participate in two 
consecutive course cycles and take extra time to 
prepare the design report for certification.

Registration is limited because of the time 
required to review and critique individual 
designs. To enable more students to participate, 
students may enroll in a fast track or deliberate 
track, each with different design report 

Content of the course sections follow:

    Section 1:  Introduction and Basic Principles
     A 0        a) World ecological problems and 
          b)  Principles of natural design.
          c)  Permaculture design concepts.
          d)  Classical landscapes.
          e)  Patterning, edges, edge effects.
          f)  The Permaculture Design Report
                g)  Principles o f transformation 
(Unique to Elfin Permaculture courses.).

    Section 2: Appropriate Technologies in 
Permaculture Design
          a)  Energy--solar, wind, hydro, biomass, 
          b)  Nutrient cycles (3 modules)--soil, 
microclimates, gardening methods, perennials, tree 
crops, food parks, composting toilets, livestock, 
"pest" management, food storage, seed saving, 
cultivated systems, forests,  etc.
          c)  Water--impoundments, aquaculture, 
conservation, etc.
          d)   Shelter/buildi ngs and access.
              e)    Design for Health.

    Section 3:  Social permaculture.  Design 
          a)  Design for catastrophe.
          b)  Urban permaculture.
          c)  Bioregionalism.
          d)  Alternative economics.
          e)  Village development.
          f)  Final design reports and critiques.
          g)  Final evaluation.

Online course participants have come from every 
inhabited continent and a number of island 
countries, from latitudes spanning the equatorial 
tropics to sub-arctic, and a comparable range of 
elevations, climates, etc.. The course is suited 
to beginning permaculture design students, people 
seeking deep support in producing a permaculture 
design for their own homes, and, by special 
arrangement, people with some permaculture 
training and experience who wish to undertake 
work. Successful students receive certification as 
entry-level permaculturists. Advanced students pay 
no extra, but are expected to serve as additional 
resources to the beginning students.
To review information about the course 
methodology, content, certification requirements, 
tuition & fees, registration process, scholarship 
policies, reading list & cost, and assignment 
schedule, download the course preregistration 
package from our web site, 

To download only the package, go to 

Enrollment has begun for Cycle 14.

Permaculture Solutions Journal to Resume 
After a long dormancy, we are reviving our 
publication, The International Permaculture 
Solutions Journal. The revival issue is more than 
85% complete. It features a substantial section in 
"Patterning in Permaculture," with drawings, text, 
and contributions from several permaculturists. 
Other articles will address some often 
misunderstood permaculture basics, and will 
include an earthy article by Joe Jenkins, author 
of The Humanure Handbook. The upgraded journal 
will be available mainly on CD, with a limited 
number of print copies in black and white. 
Offprints will be available beginning 6 months 
after publication.
Check our website for details.

Publications Discounted Substantially

We continue to offer heavy discounts on some of 
our publications that have been stained in 
storage.  These contain all information of 
unstained copies.  We also have a number of single 
copies of books that we will list on our web site 
from time to time. Check our web site for details. 
We are clearing our inventory of the permaculture 
design course pamphlets, and offer these at a very 
low price.  See our web site for current details.

Permaculture images:  Searches, CDs, Scanned slide 

We have been working on a two-prong effort to make 
available for sale images in our extensive 
permaculture photo library.  We have to date 
indexed about 4,000 images on a database 
(FileMaker Pro.)  We are presently importing 
images to the database so that others can scan for 
images that they need.  Simultaneously, we are 
scanning our extensive library of 35 millimeter 
slides, starting with formal slide presentations. 
We envision the following licensed uses for photos 
in these digital formats:

· A series of library CDs with low-resolution 
images, a keywords field, descriptive informat 
ion, and, where available, presentation script, 
additional notes, and suggestions regarding the 
educational objectives that the images serve. This 
will be available as a pdf file.
· A series of 'slide' shows on CD, duplicating our 
older 35mm slide presentations. These are listed 
on our website. Presentations for self-education 
will be on pdf, with a relatively low price. Shows 
for public presentation will be on a graphics 
format such as jpeg, and will feature higher 

· Custom production of CDs containing digital 
images. We will price these based on the intended 
use and the registration required.

Florida Permaculture Workshop Opportunities

For personal reasons, we have drastically 
curtained travel for teaching and consulting in 
the US and Canada.  (We will consider requests for 
programs in other countries on a case-by-case 
basis.)  In order to continuing sharing our 
permaculture experience and insights, we are 
looking to offer permaculture programs in Florida, 
where we now live.  The preferred region is an 
elipse 50 miles from Ocala to the south and 50 
miles from Gainesville to the north. If you live 
elsewhere in Florida, we will evaluate logistics 
on a case by case basis.

To explore the possibility for program in your 
area, please download the appropriate documents 
from our web site explaining our standard terms 
and what is involved.  We are looking at designing 
programs over a series of weekends, as well, to 
minimize the duration of time away from our own 
site. For programs offered nearby, we can commute. 
This would be the area between Gainesville and 
Ocala. We are interested in offering a life 
certificate course weekends, to shadow our online 
course synchronously, using the same reading 
package.  We do not organize or host programs-we 
teach them.  Permaculture is a self-reliance mov 
ement.  If you want a program, you need to take 
the initiative.  As you can see from the above, we 
do not lack for things to do.

 After reading what is involved, please contact us 
if you are interested.

We are also willing to undertake a few consulting 
jobs each year in Florida.  Again, details are 
already on our web site.

We never offer training programs at Barking Frogs 
Permaculture Center.  This is an ironclad policy.

Scholarship Deadline--Aug. 1
The annual deadline for scholarship submissions is 
1 AND AUG. 1 WILL BE CONSIDERED. Instructions for 
scholarship application may be downloaded from our 
web site. They are also included in our course 
preregistration package.

Donations are needed to support additional 
scholarships and to provide reading materials to 
scholarship students. (We cannot include these in 
our scholarships.) Inquire at 
BarkingFrogsPC at aol.com or send contributions to 
Barking Frogs Permaculture Center, PO Box 69, 
Sparr FL 32192-0069 USA. Please include the term 
"permaculture" in the subject field when sending 
email to us.

Elfin Permaculture is a project of Barking Frogs 
Permaculture Center operated by Dan and Cynthia 
Hemenway. Other projects include20Yankee 
Permaculture (publications) and the Solutions 
Network (permaculture volunteers).

Our 14th Annual Permaculture Design Course Online 
begins Oct. 4, 2009. The protocol for our Annual 
Permaculture Design Course Online is at 

A complete list of Yankee Permaculture 
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