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INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE (3 credits) – January 19 – April 27, 2016

An online course at UMASS-Amherst taught by Abrah Dresdale

The Introduction to Permaculture Course offers students a foundation in permaculture history, ethics, principles, design process, and practical applications… Read more here.

COURSE OUTLINE

SECTION I: SEED PACKET
Week 1: Introduction to Whole Systems Thinking
Week 2: History, Overview, Ethics, Definitions of Permaculture
Week 3: Permaculture Principles & Niche Analysis
SECTION II: DESIGN PROCESS
Week 4: Pattern Recognition
Week 5: Design Process Overview & Goals Articulation
Week 6: Reading the Landscape: Site Assessment & Analysis
Week 7: Design: Putting it All Together + A Case Study
SECTION III: TECHNIQUES
Week 8: Water: Stormwater Management, Water Catchment, Aquaculture
Week 9: Soil: Composting, Vermiculture, Berms/Swales, Keyline Planning
Week 10: Food/Vegetation: Edible Forest Gardening, Livestock, Urban Agriculture
Week 11 Waste: Humanure, Bioremediation, Greywater Systems, Living Machines
Week 12: Building Strategies: Natural Building, Alternative Energy, Site Location for Efficient Energy, Adaptive Reuse
SECTION IV: INVISIBLE SYSTEMS
Week 13: Local Economies, Timebanking, Worker-Owned Cooperatives, Local Currency
Week 14: Building Resilient Communities: Community Supported Agriculture, Transition Towns, Local Food Systems

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Abrah Jordan Dresdale, M.A.L.D., Food Systems & Permaculture Educator, Facilitator, & Consultant (www.abrahdresdale.com
Founding Faculty of Farm and Food Systems Degree Program (http://web.gcc.mass.edu/farmandfoodsystems)
SOCIAL PERMACULTURE FOR FOOD JUSTICE (3credits) – January 19 – April 27, 2016
A NEW online course at UMASS-Amherst taught by Abrah Dresdale
  • Course information can be found at http://sustfoodfarm.org/ online-classes/social- permaculture/.
    • This class is part of the Sustainable Food and Farming Online Certificate Program and will count toward the Associate of Scienceprogram which begins in September 2016.]]
    • For Registration and Tuition information, click here
    • Contact UMASS for questions about Registration at regoff@cpe.umass.edu or 413-545-3653
    • Contact Instructor with questions specific to the course at feedinglandscapes@gmail.com

Social Permaculture for Food Justice prepares students with methodologies from the fields of permaculture design and social justice to enact change in the food system… Read more here.

COURSE OUTLINE

SECTION I: FOUNDATIONS
Week 1: Current Context for ‘A Call to Action’
Week 2: Introduction to Social Permaculture
Week 3: Mapping Our Individual Power and Collaborative Potential

SECTION II: PRIVILEGE, OPPRESSION, AND FOOD JUSTICE
Week 4: United to End Structural Racism in the Food System
Week 5: Food Worker Justice & Challenging a Corporate Controlled Food System
Week 6: Food Sovereignty Struggles—Facing our Grief and Celebrating our Victories

SECTION III: WORLD-CHANGERS’ TOOLBOX
Week 7: Personal Sustainability and the Importance of Self-Care
Week 8: Working Effectively in Groups: Communication Tools & Policy Advocacy
Week 9: Social Permaculture Analysis Tools for Leveraging Systems Change
Week 10: Regenerative Leadership Development in the Food System
Week 11: Reframing Our Work in a Wider Context of People and Time

SECTION IV: DESIGNING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Week 12: Skills for Catching and Committing to a Food Justice Vision
Week 13: Applied Social Permaculture Design Process
Week 14: Becoming a Conduit for Implementing and Sustaining Social Change
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Abrah Jordan Dresdale, M.A.L.D.

Food Systems & Permaculture Educator, Facilitator, & Consultant
www.abrahdresdale.com
Founding Faculty of Farm and Food Systems Degree Program
http://web.gcc.mass.edu/ farmandfoodsystems