SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Permaculture Design provides an introduction to the design
methods, ecology, uses, ethics and principles of permaculture
design which when applied will lead you down the path to long
term sustainable working systems for your home or working
environment to achieve a minimum of waste and maximum
The aim of the course is to give the participants a good grounding
in the foundation which underpins the permaculture approach to a
sustainable design for your environment.
Session 1: Introduction to Permaculture Ethics and Principles
Friday, February 22—6.30pm to 9.30pm
Session 2: The Wider Garden: An Introduction to Ecology with a Field Visit to a Nearby Forest
Sunday, February 24—10.00am to 4.30pm
Get started with your base and sector analysis.
Session 3: Designers Checklist: Gathering Information about Soils, Microclimates, Resources and Further
Exploration of Design Methods
Sunday, March 2—10.00am to 4.30pm
Review base and sector analysis.
Session 4: Introduction to Broad Zones and Designing Zone One (The Food Garden) and Make a No-Dig
Garden, Herb Spiral and Compost Heap
Sunday, March 9—10.00am to 4.30pm
Discuss checklist exercise.
Session 5: Zone Two Design Methods and Plant Selection and Develop Design for Food Forest
Sunday, March 16—10.00am to 4.30pm
Session 6: Field Visits to Permaculture Properties and Renaissance Underground Worm Farm
Sunday, March, 30—10.00am to4.30pm
Session 7: Designing for Water Conservation
Sunday, April 13—10.00am to 4.30pm
The elements and placement of Zones Three, Four and Five.
(Four Week Self-Directed Period for Participants to Finish their Designs)
Session 8: Present Designs, Discussion and Potluck Celebration
Sunday, May 11—10.00am to 4.30pm
Session 9: Preparation for Planting of Food Forest Area
Sunday, May 18—10.00am to 4.30pm
Session 10: Planting of Trees, Berry Crops and Perennial Companion Plants (The Food Forest)
Sunday, June 8— 10.00am to 4.30pm
$360 Approximately (GST Inclusive)
L Block—Anzac Avenue (Dunedin Campus)
* Subject to Final Approval.
This course will run subject to a minimum number of enrolments. While every endeavour is made to ensure that the information contained here is
correct, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any details.
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