THIS FALL: Permaculture Design Course with Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
As part of our Grow Your Groceries and Harvest Sacramento Edible City Initiatives, we will be hosting a Permaculture Design course (PDC) with lead instructor Toby Hemenway. Held over six weekends from October through March, this 72-hour course will teach you the principles of permaculture, as well as strategies and tools for designing regenerative homes, landscapes, businesses and communities. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate from the Permaculture Institute USA.
Permaculture is a revolutionary design framework that applies nature’s patterns to human systems. It uses ecological principles to integrate food and energy production, shelter, and community development. Its aim is the creation of sustainable human settlements that are harmoniously woven into the environment and that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.
This course is recommended for homeowners, farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, design professionals, community leaders and activists; in short, if you are looking for the tools and strategies to create a sustainable future, this course is for you.
Instructors include Toby Hemenway, Larry Santoyo, Michael Becker, Janine Bjornson, Tom Ward, and other guest experts.
October 25 & 26
November 22 & 23
January 3 & 4
January 31 & February 1
February 28 & March 1
March 28 & 29
Class sessions are scheduled from 9am-5pm
at the American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive Rancho Cordova
Early Bird registration: $995
Pay in full or reserve your place with a $300 payment;
the balance will be charged on 9/25. Scroll down to register.
Regular price for installment plans and after 9/25: $1,100
To pay in 3 installments, click here.
For inquiries and offline registration,
contact Sarah Barnes, Education Coordinator,
at 916-252-6695 or
For more information about permaculture and to learn about Toby’s work,
go to www.patternliteracy.com.
Click here for the Permaculture Course FAQ page
Click here Permaculture Course Day-by-Day Syllabus
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests can be made until two weeks prior to the first class (October 11, 2014) for a full refund minus a $100 administrative fee. We cannot provide refunds for cancellation requests made after October 11, but we will allow you to send someone in your place. No payment plan extensions will be available for substitute attendees.
In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the course due to low enrollment or adverse circumstances, all registrants will receive a full refund.