Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead
Permaculture Garden Design & Soil Fertility
April 18-19, 2015
Permaculture aims to provide for our human needs while protecting and regenerating the planet and it’s inhabitants. It mimics nature’s patterns to ensure efficiency, productivity, conservation and regeneration. Applying the ethics and principles, through smart design and utilization of these patterns, creates abundance, fertility and more self-reliance. Join us for a two day course, where we will dive into the world of permaculture gardening and soil fertility, giving you the tools and skills necessary to start or improve your own backyard or community garden.
Permaculture Garden Design- The first day will help you get your gardening off to a good start. Before we put a shovel in the ground, we need to use design to choose the best practices for a particular site.
You will be able to:
Identify the difference between Conventional Gardening/Farming, Organic Gardening and Permaculture Gardening
Understand permaculture principles as they relate to gardening
Find the best location for the garden. What considerations need to be made?
Understand the advantages and disadvantages of tilling vs. no tilling
Discover what type, size and shape beds to build and how to orient them
Explore crop rotations, planting schedules, cover crops and polycultures
Maximize production in a small space
Master the basics of seed starting
Utilize techniques to extend your season
See Synergistic Gardening techniques in use
Utilize animals in the garden
Identify and create microclimates within garden
Identify possible problems and how to mitigate them
Share and receive southern gardening tips
Soil Fertility – The second day will cover fertility techniques. Building soil is our number one priority when planning a garden.
You will learn:
The three elements that must be present in your soil for it to function well
How to make good compost and compost tea
How to activate and care for the soil food web
What is remineralization?
Cover Cropping for fertility
Using plants to enhance fertility
How to prevent fertility leaching
How to make worm compost, castings and tea
We recommend you take Introduction to Permaculture on April 11-12, to have a better understanding of permaculture design ethics and principles. Alternatively, some general reading on permaculture is recommended.
Instructors: Jennifer Albanese and Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge Permaculture, educational company and co-owners of New Agrarian Design, a permaculture and regenerative farm design firm. More bio details here. Cliff’s full resume.
Time: 9-4 each day with a break for lunch. We suggest you bring a brown bag lunch or go to a nearby restaurant.
This course is part of our Spring Resiliency Series. The more classes you take, the more you save. For details and to sign up for a multiple class discount, please go to the Spring Resiliency Series registration page. For descriptions of each class in the series, click the name of the class below.
This Series Includes:
Sign up below for the 2 Day Permaculture Garden Design & Fertility Farming course.
If you would rather send check or money order, please make it out to:
Spiral Ridge Permaculture
444 Walker Rd.
Summertown, TN, 38483
We must receive and be able to cash your check before you can attend the course. No walk-ins.
Bookings are closed for this event.