As always, Spiral Ridge’s Permaculture Design Certification course was a great success. This past weekend our students engaged in a Soil Food Web Lab taught by Joey Thomas and Troy Hinke. We built a bio active compost pile and brewed a fungal dominant tea. Then we set up a lab with a microscope, computer and camera. We identified fungi, bacteria, nematodes, minerals, and more.
The next day our students were involved in a Backyard Mushroom Farming workshop. The first half of the day we went over the theory and applications of backyard mushroom cultivation. After a delicious mushroom chili and cornbread we drilled and inoculated 20 shiitake logs. Each student was given a log to take home and grow. That evening we had a very talented No Talent show. Guitars, karate, singing, rapping, and even a brazilian jiu jitsu demo. Wow… What a fun evening!
On sunday students spent time finishing up their schematic designs. Jeremy from Nashville Foodscapes stopped in to teach our students how to successfully start and manage an urban permaculture business. After another delicious meal prepared by our in house caterers, Jennifer and Jessie, Jeremy took us on a plant walk.
This coming weekend students will complete their designs and present them on sunday. Then they will graduate with their Permaculture Design Certificate. Let’s embrace them into the worldwide permaculture movement..