Picture Summary of Univ. of Wis. PDC Course

Pictures from March 2011 PDC Course
University of Wisconsin — River Falls
Pictures and text by Bill Wilson

We are returning to UWRF in 2012 (June 7-14) for another full, 72-hr PDC Course.  We thought you might like to see some pictures from last year’s training. 

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Cal-Earth – The PDC Portion of the Combined Earth Building and Permaculture Training

Week 2 – The Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.
(Click here for Photos of Week 1)

 
We not only taught this course to 24 students from around the world (Europe, Middle East, Africa) but we also trained 7 of Cal-Earth’s staff. and 2 of their interns. Nader Khalili was just months away from hosting the first PDC course at Cal-Earth when he unexpectedly passed in 2008. To honor their father and the 20th anniversary of Cal-Earth, Dastan and Sheefteh Khalili, Nader’s children, invited us to deliver our PDC course.  As Ian Lodge (director at Cal-Earth) told us , “the hard work of proving the viability of superadobe structures is done.  It’s now time to look at the total environment, to see how much better the buildings and the land around them can function together to benefit the people living in them.”

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Cal-Earth (The Earth-Building Portion of our Combined Trainings)

Week 1 – The Super-Adobe Building Training

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of the Second Part (permaculture) of this Combined Training)

 We just recently completed the first 4 days of our joint earth-building and permaculture design certificate course in conjunction with, and hosted at, the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth).  There are about 30 students taking the combined training.  Because it is November, we are having some pretty cold nights and days here on the desert.Cal-Earth is located just outside of Hesperia, CA. where the San Bernardino Mountains meet the Mojave Desert.  They get 7 inches of rainfall per year, the majority of which falls during the winter months.  The famed Joshua tree is the dominant over-story tree on the landscape.  Some of these desert pioneers can be a thousand years old. 

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Permaculture Training on Lake Shore Drive – Chicago

That’s Lake Shore Drive (LSD) in the background.
Lake Michigan is on the other side of the Drive. 

Midwest Permaculture Students Learning to use an A-frame
The Institute of Cultural Affairs brought us in to teach one of our weekend “Essential Permaculture” trainings.
This training focuses on useful information for the suburban and urban resident. 
We took our students to the closest green area to teach them how to use an A-Frame
for measuring level contours for swale and rain-garden digging. 
The closest area was the greenbelt next to Lake Shore Drive…!!!
The training was hosted October 29-30, 2011 
 Some of the city behind us.
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Pictures From May 2011 “Hands-on Training” Week

May 2011 Hands-on Training Week
At Midwest Permaculture — Stelle, IL
For those interested, here are some pictures from our “Hands-on” work week.  It turned out to be a great time dispite the fact that it rained on most days.

The pictures are from student John Berton and myself, Bill Wilson. The narration is mine as well. You can learn more about our 6-Day course here.

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Pictures From May 2011 “Hands-on Training” Week

May 2011 Hands-on Training Week
At Midwest Permaculture — Stelle, IL
For those interested, here are some pictures from our “Hands-on” work week.  It turned out to be a great time dispite the fact that it rained on most days.

The pictures are from student John Berton and myself, Bill Wilson. The narration is mine as well. You can learn more about our 6-Day course here.

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Hugelkultur

‘Hugelkultur’ Your Woody Materials
Burying Woody Material and Junk Firewood to Help Next Year’s Plants Grow 

Someone asked us upon hearing the word “hugelkultur” for the first time if it was appropriate to use the word in proper company. It’s a mouthful alright.

Hugelkultur is an old German concept/word meaning “hill-culture”. Wood is buried under topsoil (either in a hole or right on the ground) and as it breaks down, it holds lots of moisture and provides sustained nutrients for plant growth. It is one of the best methods that Becky and I incorporate to use up all of the extra woody materials from around our house. Why not put all the good carbon to use below the plants we want to grow?

More on “Hugelkultur” Definition

Pictured: Students Proudly Straddling Wood-Chunks in Hugelkultur Bed at one of our Permaculture Courses in California

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of the digging of this Hugelkultur Bed

PDC Grass Valley CA – Nov. 2009

Permaculture Design Certification Course
Sierra Nevada Foothills
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm — Grass Valley, CA

Permaculture Course at Grass Valley, California, 2009

“I appreciated working on projects, all the information, the videos, the site visits with such variation, all of it. I was never bored.”
Lorna P. – Joliet, IL – Retired (63) 

“Showed how permaculture is more than just gardening but a moral, ethical, spiritual lifestyle.”
Steve K. – Los Angeles, CA – Contractor & Tai Chi Master (40)

“I learned more than I thought possible. The site visits were amazing. I loved our overall group. Great vibe and life changing teachers. Thank you.”
Nate A. – Ann Arbor, MI – Non-Profit Administrator & Musician (33)

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Michigan Speaking Tour

Picture Summary of Michigan Speaking Tour
As most of you are aware, I recently spent the better part of a week in S.E. Michigan on a speaking and consulting tour. Our events were well received and I learned much about grassroots initiatives that are pioneering the way into a more sustainable and compassionate world in Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. This picture summary will share some of the highlights and offer some good permaculture examples and ideas to most everyone.

Pictured: Raised Bed Made from Old Tires and Cob