Ecological Agriculture Course ~ February 2022 Family Friendly - PUERTO RICO
Ecological Agriculture Course ~ February 2022 Family Friendly - PUERTO RICO
Aprenda a diseñar un estilo de vida sostenible + coma saludablemente + sumérjase en una experiencia práctica en una jungla tropical, un jardín comestible, jardines de hierbas medicinales curativas y un bosque joven de alimentos tropicales. Varios agricultores puertorriqueños locales se unirán a nuestro equipo de instructores de permacultura con experiencia de todo el mundo en muchas zonas ecológicas diferentes. *** Becas disponibles para lugareños puertorriqueños. Envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org para obtener más información. El inglés es el idioma principal en el que enseñaremos, pero habrá traducción disponible durante gran parte del curso, ya que muchos de nuestros instructores son bilingües.
Join the worldwide network of ecological farmers, permaculture designers, educators, entrepreneurs and activists who are creating a new environmental and social vision for the world.
All that is just the beginning…
The Fundamentals of Ecological Design
This is a conscious, integrated design system based on ecological principles. Providing a framework for creating landscapes that mimic the patterns found in nature, which delivers diversity, stability, and resilience, Permaculture creates an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food, to address local needs in efficient, cost-effective and productive human environments; while reducing our 'footprints' on Earth.
Los fundamentos del diseño ecológico
La permacultura es un sistema de diseño integrado y consciente basado en principios ecológicos. Al proporcionar un marco para crear paisajes que imitan los patrones que se encuentran en la naturaleza, que brinda diversidad, estabilidad y resiliencia, la permacultura crea una abundancia de refugio, agua, energía y alimentos para abordar las necesidades locales de manera eficiente, rentable y productiva. ambientes; mientras reducimos nuestras 'huellas' en la Tierra.
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute ( CRMPI ) & Hacienda Las Pomarosas offers the international standard curriculum of 72-hour permaculture certificate course. With the completion of the course, CRMPI will issue a Permaculture Design Certificate.
The course covers the fundamentals of ecological design with a particular emphasis on perennial woody polyculture food systems or food forests. This course goes beyond the theoretical and focuses on real-world situations in this young tropical food forest. Strong emphasis on hands-on application and practical skills, offering the experience of learning in an immersive setting from systems with which students have daily interactions. The methods and techniques will transfer directly to any climate.
This course will have a strong emphasis on medicinal herbs cultivation and use.
The accommodation is BYO tenting, the food is from our farm and other local organic farmers. While the information serves as a general education in permaculture, this course offers an in-depth examination of the function of the homestead and farm and is designed to inform students who will gain the skills and design thinking to implement and manage a system. This is a very hands-on course. Mornings are usually devoted to practical applications and afternoons are dedicated to course lectures.
We will talk about the principles and practices of creating lush, sustainable living systems in climates and bioregions ranging from coastal to arid. We talk about how you can apply these principles in designing and building your garden and home, creating and using renewable energy systems, and co-creating social and economic systems that are healthy for both the planet and its human and nonhuman beings. Additionally we look at ways in which you can create a sustainable livelihood based on these principles.
You will be learning the essential concepts and practices of permaculture from a world renowned team of master teachers who imbue their work with rich depths of life wisdom.
You will be gaining the concepts and tools to design and engineer sustainable systems; Forest gardens, renewable energy systems, water conservation systems, natural building techniques, and other eco-technologies.
And you will be putting your learning to use... hands-on!
You will not only be learning the theories…you will be learning the skills needed to implement them…and seeing the fertility and abundance.
When you participate in this year’s Permaculture Design Certification program – CRMPI's 35th annual PDC! – you gain the tools, the hands-on experience, and the long-range vision to make that potential a reality. Whether you’re doing it here in our vigorous and healthy poly-culture systems on the tropical island of Puerto Rico, or at 7200′ elevation in the Rocky Mountains, or the Midwestern plains, the coastal flats, or in desert environments... this course will help you in your goals to lead a more sustainable and self sufficient life.
Site analysis and design, from the tropics to temperate regions
Landscape master planning and microclimate design
Reading the landscape and pattern recognition
Design for climate change
Regenerative land management and stewardship
Water catchment, storage, filtration, and distribution
Using greywater in the landscape
Natural building techniques
Plant propagation and grafting
Medicinal plant propagation, usage, and preparations
Biointensive gardening and seed saving
Soil rehabilitation and fertility approaches
Orchard design and maintenance
Local and regenerative economics
Urban and suburban permaculture tactics
Ecovillage design and community building procedures
Practical Agriculture Skills
Mornings are dedicated to the hands-on application of useful skills.Blade & knife sharpening.
Land clearing with scythe or machete.
Food forest fundamentals.
Clearing and planting new disturbance in agroforestry systems.
Techniques in small-scale vegetable gardening.
Tree planting fundamentals, support species, and broad-scale fertility management.
Plant propagation fundamentals, including propagation and planting of seeds, rhizomes, cuttings as well as various forms of grafting.
The construction of thermal compost and its use in hot water heating.
Nursery management including making an in-house potting soil.
Leveling for application of swales, hedgerows, and techniques for preventing erosion.
Food processing skills including lactoferments of vegetables, natural ginger sodas and herbal beers.
Guest Instructors Include but not limited to....
María Benedetti is an ethnobotanical researcher and educator raised in New York City. A student of anthropology, linguistics, literature and the art of writing, she has worked as an educational journalist (culture, ecology, environment, botanical medicine) since the 1980s. Her maternal family left their native city of Mayagüez during the 1920s in order to start anew in Manhattan.
Deeply identified with Puerto Rican music, food and family celebrations, María studied Spanish in New York and Sevilla. She also studied Puerto Rican literature, history, culture and folklore at Hunter College. She combined these interests with her love for nature, cultivated by her father’s Hungarian/Irish family. After ten years of ethnobotanical studies in New York with Susun S. Weed, "Wildman" Steve Brill and with Hudsonia – an environmental education NGO associated with Bard College – she travelled to Puerto Rico for the first time in 1987, eager to learn about and write about the Puerto Rican tradition of botanical medicine. This experience is documented in her first book, Earth and Spirit: Medicinal plants, remedies and spiritual healing from Puerto Rico (¡Hasta los baños te curan!)
ABEL DEL RIOS
Abel is hard to keep up with whether descending into an underground cave or following his humor. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? This 85 year old Boricua would say mid-30s. A generational Puerto Rican, collector of strange plants, distiller of spirits, and man of the forests, the wisdom and warmth Abel provides is unforgettable.
To call David, all you need to do is cup your hands around your mouth and yell 'Daaaavvveeeeeeeed!' A true Machetero of the land, David has extensive experience with natural building utilizing native hardwoods. A multi generational Puerto Rican thriving throughout the cuevas (caves) and forests around the teaching site for over 50 years. A trip behind David with his Machete through Permaculture Zone 5 forests reveals an emotionally moving learning experience, leaving you breathless and imprinted for a lifetime.
Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole-system designs throughout the Americas for over two decades, focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design. His projects increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. He is the founder of Ecologia Edible & Ecological Landscape Design, Project Bona Fide, an international nonprofit supporting agro-ecology research, and SilvoCulture, a Maryland based nonprofit which is helping plant 1 million nut trees in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is also the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist, and For the Love of PawPaws.
Michael lives with his family on a permaculture homestead nestled along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Frederick, Maryland. The Judds’ homestead consists of 25 acres of mixed woodlands, food forests, gardens, and a nursery designed for experimentation and education.
Patrick Padden is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds a Master's Degree in Integrative Eco-Social design from Gaia University. He has practiced permaculture for over 15 years and has worked on projects throughout the United States, Southern Africa, Japan, and Indonesia. Currently, he runs and operates Padden Permaculture, an ecological landscape design and build company and is passionate about teaching and inspiring others to participate in this profound movement.