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Garden Jane Presents: 2 Permaculture Courses
April 27th - May 12th, 2012
Permaculture Design: Co-Creating Regenerative Futures for the City, and Beyond (100 hrs)
This exciting new course will be offered through 100 hours of teaching and learning over two weeks this spring. We will start with permaculture principles and ethics, moving into design methodologies, which includes observation skills. We will further create a foundation with the earth and life sciences, and journey through natural and cultivated ecologies.
For our home systems, we will look at natural building, renewable energy systems, biological waste treatment systems, and food storage. Beyond individual homes, we will explore various forms of sustainable communities, which include green economics and cultural systems. Students will be supported in their personal and professional paths, with quality mentorship. We will be developing skills as permaculture designers throughout the course, which will culminate in a final wholistic design project. Field trips and locations will showcase what Toronto is doing on the eco-front. There will be some evening sessions, which may be open to people not on the full course.
Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop
Sat Apr 14th, 10-5 pm (Tentative second date, Sat May 26th)
$70-$100 sliding scale, Includes resources. Pre-registration required at www.gardenjane.com. High Park Children's Garden.
This hands-on workshop introduces permaculture theory and ways to apply it in your home or community garden. Topics: organic gardening basics; permaculture design and practices; working with water; plant guilds (plants that grow well together, help soil tilth and support the larger ecosystem); dynamic accumulators (plants that accumulate nutrients & feed the soil); plants and plant selection; starting new gardens and soil building; cover crops & mulches; composting; humans and other animals; working less for more; diversity gardening.