Cabrillo’s Permaculture class, life affirming!

By December 4, 2016Sustainable Landscaping

Permaculture Class – Fall semester 2017

Hort 162PC
Instructor: Ken Foster
Fall semester

Class Description:

Introduces principles and practices of
permaculture design though collaboration on real-world projects with a focus towards repairing, restoring and regenerating human and the planets ecosystems.

Room: HORT room 5010
Class Organization:
Meets 16 weeks on Saturdays 9/2/17 through 12/16/17 from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Cabrillo’s Permaculture class, taught by Ken Foster, was both life affirming and trajectory changing. It brought together so many areas of interest that I feel passionate about (ecology, economics, horticulture, culture, energy independence, sustainability), and provided me with the opportunity to build a road map towards the life of my dreams.
It also helped me to clarify what is essential in my life
I wish that every citizen of this planet had such an opportunity.
Thank you Ken, for your generous sharing of both your knowledge and enthusiasm.
I am forever better for it.

-Kelly Pettit
Read more…
Permaculture Design is the Art and Science of Ecological Design, which uses the application of Natural Patterns and Ethical Intentions to create long-lasting, beautiful, and regenerative systems that provide humanity’s essential needs, starting with water, food and shelter
Originally a derivation of Permanent agriculture, Permaculture has evolved to deal with all aspects related to human culture and land stewardship.  The goal is to design systems so that they are the most productive with the least amount of inputs and maintenance.  Through thoughtful observation, a design is arrived at that most fits the needs of all involved.  Mother Nature is the Model: Design for Regeneration.

Permaculture differs from other design methodologies in that Ethics are at the core of the design process.  Through the Ethical Intentions of Caring for the Earth, Caring for People, and sharing surplus resources necessary for survival, we can develop resilient communities well equipped to deal with climactic and economic fluctuations.

These Ethics translate into the Triple Bottom Line for Sustainability.  In order for any system to truly sustainable, it must be:

– Environmentally Responsible

– Socially Just

– Economically Viable


About Ken

In 1967, 10-year-old Ken Foster read The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett. It took him a whole summer to read, but it inspired him to see gardening as a celebration of our coexistence with nature. In 1985, he took on an apprenticeship at the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden, and there he discovered his passion. He founded Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping in 1988, and has dedicated his life to caring for the environment and community through sustainable landscaping. He also teaches a permaculture class at Cabrillo College. When he’s not busy with designing, installing, and maintaining ecological landscapes, Ken can be found riding his bike around town, or making mandalas out of salvaged herbs that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill.

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