Regenerative Permaculture Earthworks Course
October 9-12, 2015
It’s time for our annual Regenerative Permaculture Earthworks Course. This is our fourth year offering this course at Spiral Ridge and I believe it is the longest, continuously running earthworks course in the states! Cliff, however, has been teaching earthworks since back in 2008. He has experience from digging large ponds to small pocket ponds, various swale applications, keylining, running several different types of equipment, using all the survey tools and more. Come get first hand experience in earthworks and learn how to harness and control the power of water on your farm or homestead!
The Regenerative Permaculture Earthworks Course is about a holistic approach to healing the land and making it more productive, using human scale labor and machinery to sculpt the earth. Join Spiral Ridge for our 4th annual Permaculture Earthworks Course. Earthworks are one of the first and most important systems you want to set up on the landscape. Often times the rest of the design will follow the flow of water. Earthworks done wrong can cause many damaging and expensive problems. Slow, sink and store water in the landscape to mitigate drought and renew fertility. Receive hands-on instruction and gain experience as you survey, design, plan, layout and implement a real project. Plus you will get to see functioning earthworks already in place at Spiral Ridge Homestead.
Increased production Drought tolerance Passive water catchment
Establishment of regenerative systems Erosion Control
Land restoration Watershed restoration Rapid soil development
Climate change resilience Flood mitigation
How, when, and why to do earthworks Stopping, slowing, spreading and storing water in the landscape How to Survey the site with multiple tools Mapping the site How to determine the location, size and type of earthworks appropriate for your design How to perform soil testing, the types of soils, how well they percolate as well as which soils are not suitable for certain earthworks applications. The use of swales, ponds, vernal pools, silt traps, hugel swale terraces, types of damns and their uses, spillways, freeboards, keyways, reticulating water ways, Keyline® Design, roads, pipes, vegetative cover after disturbance and more The types of equipment and how to use them The 8 principles of Rainwater Harvesting How to apply the ecological design process to uncover the design
How, when, and why to do earthworks
Stopping, slowing, spreading and storing water in the landscape
How to Survey the site with multiple tools
Mapping the site
How to determine the location, size and type of earthworks appropriate for your design
How to perform soil testing, the types of soils, how well they percolate as well as which soils are not suitable for certain earthworks applications.
The use of swales, ponds, vernal pools, silt traps, hugel swale terraces, types of damns and their uses, spillways, freeboards, keyways, reticulating water ways, Keyline® Design, roads, pipes, vegetative cover after disturbance and more
The types of equipment and how to use them
The 8 principles of Rainwater Harvesting
How to apply the ecological design process to uncover the design
According to Sepp Holzer, 70% of our agriculture is completed when we have our water systems designed and developed.
Lead instructors/organizers, Cliff Davis and Jennifer Albanese, co-own Spiral Ridge Permaculture, a family run education company specializing in permaculture, regenerative farming and nature connection. Their full-scale design firm, Edible Habitats, offers consultation, master planning and implementation, in the same specialities, including Keyline® design & plow services. Jen and Cliff also run Southeast Organic Supply, a developing organic farm & garden supply company. They developed these businesses out of their passion to; address cultural and ecological issues that demand real and lasting solutions, encourage more people to homestead and help save family farms, by making them more ecological and productive. They have over 26 years of combined experience studying and applying permaculture in temperate, tropical/subtropical and dry land climates and have taught hundreds of students permaculture and homesteading skills.
Cliff Davis has vast experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, deep nature connection and regenerative agriculture, that allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair. He empowers others to take a hands-on approach to design in his regular and advanced course offerings. His humor, straight-forward style and determination to make positive change, make him an engaging instructor, consultant and designer. He has taught over 40 courses, and has taken over 20 professional development courses. As a professional designer, he has worked for farms, intentional communities, school campuses and homesteaders. Cliff is the main instructor and curriculum developer for this course. He received his permaculture certificate in 2004 from the International Institute of Ecological Agriculture and his teacher training certificate from Dave Jacke. He later went on to co-teach the teacher training course, with Jacke. Cliff began teaching Earthworks classes in 2008. The first Permaculture Earthworks Course on his land, Spiral Ridge, was offered in 2012. He has been trained by Warren Brush, Ric Valley, Darren Doherty, and Owen Hablutzel, in the use of various forms of earthworks. Experience matters. For a detailed look at his experience, training & mentors as well as a list of courses that he has taught, check out his full resume.
Course Details: Course venue is Spiral Ridge Permaculture. Includes meals and free camping. Please see Course FAQ’s page for more info. on venue, food and cancellation policy. If you are local and do not need meals or camping, write us for a reduced cost.
This course is part of our Agro-Ecosystems Series. They can be taken individually, as a complete set or with mix and match savings. The more classes you take, the more you save. For details and to sign up for a multiple class discount, please go to the Agro-Ecosystems registration page. For descriptions of each class in the series, click the name of the class below.
This Series Includes:
Regenerative Permaculture Earthworks Course – October 9-12 $750
Fertility Farming – October 13-14 $250
Agroforestry – October 15-16 $250
Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae with Tradd Cotter – October 17-18 $350
Sign up below for the 4 Day Permaculture Earthworks Course only. Sign up here, for more than one class in the Agro-Ecosystems Series.
Please read the directions below carefully. Also review our cancellation policy here.
- Minimum $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot.
- Final payments can be made via personal check or money order sent to the address below, or we can send you a Paypal invoice for the balance. You can also bring cash, certified check or money order with you on the first day of class. No final payments with personal checks unless sent ahead of time in the mail.
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Spiral Ridge Permaculture
444 Walker Rd.
Summertown, TN 38483
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