Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

 

PDC Course Outline

Generally ten days or two weeks essential course.

Introduction

• overview  • definitions  • ethics  • human influence on ecosystems

Principles of design

• elements    • zones    • sectors    • 12 principles   • design steps    • guilds

Patterns in design

• edge effects   • stacking   • spirals   • slope   • keyhole   • suntraps   • matter cycles

Landscape and climate

• humidity  • temperature ranges  • topography  • soil type  • landform types  • micro-climates

Soils

• soil structure •humus •essential minerals •trace elements • soil analysis •pH

Water

• water harvesting  • irrigation  • tanks and dams  • swales  • keyline  • rainfall

Buildings and structures

• energy conservation  • passive solar design  • retrofitting  • building materials  • garden structures

Alternative energy sources and appropriate technology

• solar collectors  • wind and water turbines  • biogas  • hydraulic pumps  • air driven pumps

Waste recycling

• greywater  • composting toilets  • compost   • earthworm farming  • recycling materials

Plants and trees

• forest types   • tree crops   • forage   • coppicing   • agroforestry   • windbreaks   • vegetables    • seed collection  • herbs  • plant propagation

Animals

• types   • maintenance and management   • uses   • integration   • suitable small animals

Aquaculture

• ponds, lakes and dams    •plant and animal species   •mariculture    • water quality

Techniques

• maps   • contours   • surveying  • scale drawings     • design implementation: rural and urban

Community

• ecovillages  • transition initiative   • social capital   • resources   • WWOOFers

Finances

• LETS    • business structures   • free cycle schemes   • local currencies   • ethical investment

Networking

• support groups and organisations   • diploma work   • future options    • further studies

No PDC courses at the moment.

Please contact other providers for courses. I am only offering Advanced Permaculture Teaching course (February 2016) and APT – CIII, CIV and Diploma Permaculture.

 

Email me for info – rossmars@waterinstallations.com