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Permaculture Design Comes to Sarasota

Oct 05, 2011 10:47AM

Sarasota permaculture farm

While many these days praise the virtue of sustainability, few are familiar with Permaculture, a school of design that holds many of the keys to making sustainability a reality. However, all that’s about to change.

This summer, the New York Times published its firstever article on Permaculture, and two local nonprofits are teaming up this Fall to offer an in-depth “Permaculture Design Certification Course” at the Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Sarasota.

The principles of Permaculture, which originated in the 1970s in Australia as an attempt to create a “permanent agriculture” modeled after nature, have gradually become applied to fields as diverse as economics, energy, architecture, and governance.

That wide-ranging spirit is reflected in the upcoming design course, presented by The Permaculture Guild and Transition Sarasota. It’s organized into six weekends that can be taken either separately or as a whole: “Permaculture Principles and Design,” “Secrets of the Natural World,” “Growing Food Sustainably and Abundantly,” “The Built Environment and Appropriate Technology,” “Alternative Education and Economics,” and “The Power of Community.”

Cory Brennan is the primary instructor for the course and brings extensive experience to the table.

For more information or to register for the course, please contact him at [email protected] or 818-731-4706.

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