Workshop Curriculums

Soil: The Foundation for Healthy, Nutritious Food

  • Improving topsoil
  • Making soil
  • Growing life in the soil
  • Turning a dirt parking lot into a garden
  • To mulch or not to mulch

Composting: From Shirts and Socks to Soil

  • Home scale
  • Field scale
  • Sheet mulch
  • Simple compost teas
  • Buy a bin or make a bin?

Organic Food Basics: From Seed to Harvest

  • Seed sowing
  • Transplanting Care & maintenance
  • Harvest Growing in a greenhouse or in the garden 

Water: From Rainfall to Irrigation

  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Erosion control
  • Water conservation, best practices
  • Increasing effective rainfall
  • Storage: Cisterns vs. soil 

Pollinator Habitat Development

  • Choosing plants
  • Care & culture
  • Natives vs. non-natives
  • Hedgerows: what they are & how to create them
  • Integrated landscapes - food for all

Tiny House Building: Charming, Practical and Fun

  • Appropriate building materials
  • Creative repurposing of waste
  • Grow materials for the future
  • Siting buildings for passive energy
  • Living safely on the land

Reading the Landscape: How External Forces Shape the Places We Live

  • Basic permaculture philosophy
  • Developing observation skills - landscape detective
  • Developing a relationship with place
  • Seeing the world through fresh eyes
  • Mapping your site

Landscape Restoration, Large Scale

  • Site assessment, understanding the flows
  • Where to intervene, maximizing leverage
  • The nature of soils
  • Rules and regulations
  • Building stabilization structures, how to chose

Grasslands: Their Importance, Beauty and Value; Those We Eat

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Grasses role in soil stabilization
  • Erosion management
  • Beauty of grasses 

Landscape Design: Beauty and Function

  • Growing your relationship with place
  • Planning for the future
  • How to get started
  • Simple steps, critical considerations
  • How our bodies tell us what works

Orchard Basics, Food Forests

  • Benefits of growing fruit and nuts
  • Choosing trees
  • Which rootstocks
  • Preparing the ground
  • Pruning techniques Care 

Basic Blacksmithing: (limited availability)

  • Introduction and History
  • Learning to heat & hammer steel
  • Hardening & tempering tool steel
  • Heating at a coal forge
  • Shaping on the anvil

Upcoming Workshops

Hands on Adobe Brick Making - April 24, 2016 at 8:30am 

  • Bring picnic lunch, snack, water bottles, hats, sunscreen, happy disposition, mud attracting clothes, rubber boots or bare feet
  • Donations Appreciated