Permaculture event @ UMD (March 27)

Permaculture classes are coming to Duluth this Saturday! Get inspired! Only $15 for three sessions of classes.

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Permaculture Duluth (March 27)
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Permaculture for Everyone: Duluth Workshop
Mar 27, 2010 10:00am – 5:00pm

As Spring begins to reach us here in the North, we invite you to a full-day workshop that will renew your hope and enthusiasm!  Connect with others who are actively seeking local solutions to global issues such as food security, financial crises, and peak oil.  Generate and discuss ideas about positive actions that you can take in your own life and within your community.

Drawing on a deep understanding of patterns, processes, and synergies within the natural world, permaculture is a design philosophy that offers a holistic vision as well as practical approaches that heal, regenerate, and sustain human culture and the planet. Permaculture’s design system is rooted in three main ethics; care of the earth, care of people, and fair share of surplus.

Choose three classes to attend from an array of beginner to intermediate-level 90-minute permaculture topics that present a range of concrete, practical approaches to meeting your basic human needs locally and sustainably: growing food cheaply, easily, and with joy; building well-designed homes; turning many kinds of “waste” into useful products; regenerating healthy communities; and reinvigorating local economies.

A diverse group of certified permaculturists from across North America, hot off their completion of an advanced Teaching Permaculture Creatively course, have designed these sessions to explore permaculture topics with an emphasis on creativity, passion, and out-of-the-box learning and teaching methods. Come prepared to share ideas, observations, and experiences, to provide feedback for the teachers, and to learn and generate creative local responses to our current global situation.

WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Room 16, Education (EduE) Building, University of Minnesota Duluth. The EduE building is located at 412 Library Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. Here is a campus map, and here is a detail map showing the location of the EduE Building.


10:00AM – Welcome and Introduction by Dave Jacke, author of the award-winning book Edible Forest Gardens
10:20 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – noon – Concurrent Permaculture Sessions I
noon-1:00PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:30 – Concurrent Permaculture Sessions II
2:30 – 3:00 – Break
3:00 – 4:30 – Concurrent Permaculture Sessions III
4:30-5:00 – Next Steps and Closing

Registrants will choose three classes, one from each of the three concurrent 90-minute sessions. Descriptions of the classes will be provided when you arrive that morning; the teachers are developing these sessions as they participate in the previous week’s intensive permaculture teacher training course.  (Similar to a buffet – or smorgasbord as we say in the North – part of the adventure lies in making our selections that day!)

Though you won’t know about specific classes until that morning, here’s what you can count on: the content will be serious permaculture, and the delivery will be designed to engage your body, mind, and soul and create connections that integrate your understanding – you will experience permaculture in action.

WORKSHOP FEE: $15 covers a full day, which includes one class from each of three 90-minute concurrent sessions.  Note that lunch will not be provided. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Within the campus there is a food court, vending, and a convenience store. Within a short walk of campus are several cafes and a grocery store.

HOW TO REGISTER: Click the “Add to Order” button below. Advance registration is encouraged.  Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. NOTE that this once-in-a-lifetime workshop will not be repeated in other locations, so you may want to consider making the drive to Duluth.

QUESTIONS? Email Evelyn at comcoord[at]
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This PRI Cold Climate event is sponsored by the following organizations:

* UMD Sociology & Anthropology Department
* UMD Office of Sustainability
* UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture Project

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