So you’ve completed your Permaculture Design Certificate. You’re probably full of emotions; sad to say goodbye to a group you grew close with but excited to apply your new permaculture knowledge in real life situations. But… What exactly are these real-life situations? And do you even feel finished with learning? Where can you apply this knowledge? Where can you get more!? Oh, the feeling of a lost little puppy is pretty normal, I think, for a lot of people coming out with their Permaculture Design Certificate. It happened to me (actually it continues happening to me), and I have spent a lot of time on research on how I can further my education in Permaculture, and where I can start applying and practising my skills. So here you have the ultimate list that can help you figure out what exactly to do after you complete your Permaculture Design Certificate.
““If the entire world sought to make itself worthy of happiness rather than make itself happy, then the entire world would be happy.”
― Criss Jami,
Connection, acceptance, patience, laughter, frustration, joy, overwhelming feelings of joy. These are just some of the feelings that may rush through your body during your first on-the-field permaculture earthworks experience. Week 6 of my Permaculture Design Certificate, we spent the weekend with a client looking to create an alpaca permaculture farm. We got the chance to learn about and practice with various tools to mark contour lines, practice a real client interview, and build a swale. Finally! A chance to build a real swale! Read more
Well, friends, we are already at week 5 out of 7 of my Permaculture Design Certificate. It is bittersweet. The end is soon near, but it is not the end at all, it is just the beginning! I can’t wait to exit the program with an entirely new vocabulary of knowledge and skills and apply them to the world. Read more
Week 5 into my Permaculture Design Certificate course already and we are discussing different climate zones. Starting with the one we are in; humid cool-cold climates. We covered a lot of topics in the section. We talked about what classifies a humid cool-cold climate, structures, houses, frost-free sites, all the different gardens, how to extend the season, nurseries, animal systems, successional systems, farm forestry, fire prevention, heating systems, and the list goes on and on and on… Read more
Like the air we breathe, it is unexpendable. It is the life beneath our feet. It is a habitat for our decomposing friends and a home to the flowers we love. It balances temperatures and stores water. It is soil. And believe it or not, it is a huge contributing factor to climate change. Let’s start with a short video Read more
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance Read more
Week Three into my PDC.
When I first heard the term “microclimates” I imagined a setting of tiny people living in an abandoned tin can. The scene was tropical and the tiny people were barbecuing amongst tiny palm trees wearing tiny sunglasses and tiny visors. Outside of the summery tin can was a vast field of snow surrounded by regular-sized evergreens and normal-looking reindeer (whatever your definition of normal may be.) And, although this is a very surreal image, it’s not far from what a microclimate really is. Read more
I’ll tell you one thing; after learning about patterns in nature, you will catch yourself looking around a lot more. Your eyes will wander, following tree bark from the base of the branches. You will catch yourself squinting at leaves and flower petals. The scales on your inconsolable Siamese Fighting Fish will suddenly become very interesting. And your dusty magnifying glass that you bought after watching the Sherlock Holmes series will finally become useful! Success! Read more
Have you ever found yourself thinking about all the problems in the world?
You spiral down and take a deep breath. In your mind you see a list scrolling towards you, getting bigger and bigger, like the credits in the Star Wars movies. Instead of waiting for the end of that list, you open your eyes, and give your head a little shake, as if that’s going to scatter the problems to all sides of your brain. That way you won’t have to deal with them.