Permaculture is all about learning to work WITH Mother Nature, not against her. This, of course, is the basis of all “green” gardening.
The Heathcote Community website defines permaculture as:
the conscious design of sustainable human habitats. The design
process of permaculture offers practical ways to increase the abundance
of natural systems and improve the efficiency of human activities.
Rooted in the careful observation of the natural patterns characteristic
of a particular site, permaculture applies techniques and principles
from ecology, cooperative economics, appropriate technology, and
sustainable agriculture with the wisdom of indigenous people to heal the
earth and our selves. Permaculture is a powerful tool for redesigning
our lives as well as our landscapes!
Permaculture is a system of designing ecologically inspired
landscapes that integrate food production, water management, renewable
energy and shelter which can help people live more sustainably and
protect the Chesapeake Bay!
Heathcote Community offers workshops on many topics related to
sustainability, cooperative living, and social justice. Several courses
on permaculture are available on their summer schedule:
Sunday, July 31, 9 am – 12 pm
Soil and Water Management: A Permaculture Perspective
This workshop will include a summary of the basics of
soils–composition, texture, structure, and a few soil science basics–but
will focus primarily on the practical aspects of soil management with a
view to establishing and maintaining healthy, living soils as the basis
for all life in our environment and as the medium for healthy plant
growth and healthy human beings. This will connect directly with a
discussion of proper water management for efficient, sustainable water
use and enjoyment. The format will include brief lecture, a tour and
discussion of relevant aspects of the gardens and other parts of the
property, and a considerable hands-on component. This is about dirt, so
come prepared to get dirty!
Saturday, Aug 6, 9 am – 12 pm
Sustainable Plant Health Maintenance: A Permaculture Perspective
This workshop will focus on strategies for enhancing and maintaining
healthy crops of all kinds, including a review of relevant aspects of
soil and water management, crop rotation, companion planting (including
"guilds"), species and variety selection, foliar feeding, botanical and
mineral sprays, sanitation, pruning, and more. Healthy plants for a
Saturday, Aug 13, 9 am – 12 pm
The Fall and Winter Garden: A Permaculture Perspective
We will discuss and demonstrate selection of crops and various modes
of crop protection for fall and winter gardening. We will discuss and
where possible demonstrate the types of task and projects that can best
be carried out during the cold seasons. We will show how preparation for
next year's main growing season begins in late summer the previous
year, followed directly by a discussion of multi-year crop planning. You
should be able to get those delicious, healthy greens all through the
year, and watch how your health improves!
Hosted by Heathcote Community and School of Living
21300 Heathcote Rd, Freeland, MD 21053
Tuition: Sliding scale $20-$50 for each individual class. Or take all 3 classes for $50-$120!!
Registration is required. Register online by the Wednesday before each class by clicking this link: http://www.heathcote.org/cms/content/registration-form-permaculture-skills-workshops
Heathcote will be having more extensive, 72 hour permaculture training, beginning on September 10th.