Permaculture Design for Suburban Sustainability

By September 12, 2010 Sustainable Landscaping 31 Comments

Cabrillo College Horticulture Lecture Series Fall 2010

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Thursday Evenings, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Cabrillo College Environmental Horticulture Center
Room 5005, “Top of the Campus”

The series of five lectures is $40 or $10 per lecture if attended individually. Friends of the Garden member entrance is half price, Cabrillo horticulture volunteers and current horticulture students are free. There is limited space available so be sure to come early.

The series of five lectures is $40 or $10 per lecture if attended individually. Friends of the Garden member entrance is half price, Cabrillo horticulture volunteers and current horticulture students are free. There is limited space available so be sure to come early.

Permaculture is a model of regenerative design principles patterned on Nature’s systems to facilitate permanent sustainable human communities in relationship with Nature. Permaculture Design is founded on 3 core ethics: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share Access to Resources. This series will provide you with a brief introduction.

Sept 16 – Intro to Permaculture Design Principles for Suburban Sustainability – Using regenerative permaculture design principles we can create resilient sustainable communities where home properties are integrated systems of backyard food production, efficient energy capture and storage systems for water and solar, waste resource recyclers, and hubs of neighborhood abundance, that as a whole contribute to a reduced carbon and water footprint and create ecological harmony, abundance and resilience. Brock Dolman Director of Permaculture Occidental Arts and Ecology Center and Executive Director of The Water Institute.

Sept 30 – Chickens and Ducks in the Neighborhood – Learn how chickens and ducks can benefit your family and become an integral part to a sustainable suburban lifestyle. Raising birds for nutritious eggs, manure for compost, or your own meat contributes to a more diverse food web on your property, lower carbon footprint and lower energy output.  Lydia Neilsen Permaculture Educator and Designer and Garden Manager of Santa Cruz Waldorf School

Oct 14 – Home Scale Solar and Water Solutions for Suburban Sustainability – Explore how to be an efficient water and solar energy harvester. Introduction to homescale rainwater catchment, greywater, constructed wetlands and hydro solar. Design energy systems for conserving, capturing, storing and using energy, and creating beneficial relationships between systems reduces your financial overhead, your ecological impact and creates resiliency. – Peter Haas Chief Engineer of Fall Creek Engineering

Oct 28 – Abundant Backyard Food Production: Intro to Food Forests & Polyculture – Thinking like a closed loop, productive and efficient forest, we will learn how to design and garden with intentional plant communities and polycultures that are energy efficient, mutually beneficial, productive, water conserving, self sustaining and beautiful. Focusing on food, forage, fodder, farmaceuticals, fuel, freedom and fun. Penny Livingston-Stark Director &
Founder Regenerative Design Institute Founder of The Permaculture Institute of Northern California

Nov 11 -Where to Go From Here? Assessing Your Property for Sustainability – The first step to create your own Home Sustainability Zone is to carefully observe the patterns and flows on one’s own landscape. Learn to identify Zone & Sectors – Flows – Needs/Resources and map them, so you know where to start on your way to lightening your ecological footprint. Ken Foster Owner Terra Nova Landscaping, Permaculture Educator & Designer

Please Note:  Parking is free only in the designated spaces at the Horticulture facility. There are only a limit number of spots at the facility. Overflow parking on the lower campus is $2 (eight quarters).

For more information about the Horticulture program and its facilities, please go to www.cabrillo.edu/academics/horticulture/ or call (831) 479-6241

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