The Permaculture Yard Class was an opportunity to take a guided tour of our micro-farm and learn about the ways in which we used permaculture design to improve efficiency and yield. In this post, we’ll review the day in pictures.
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The Permaculture Yard Class was sponsored by the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. In our early years on the homestead, we received a lot of our gardening education there, so we were happy to be able to give back by hosting this class.
It was a hot, sunny day (the rain skipped over us!) and a packed house. Everyone was eager to learn and excited to envision how to use the tools we shared on their own suburban homesteads.
From our perspective, it was a really fun day! There were lots of good questions that enhanced the discussions.
In-Person Learning is Where It’s At
Which brings me to an important point. You can read all the books about permaculture you want, but learning how to use all the tools in the permaculture toolbox appropriately and in the right combination (the science) only comes with in-person training.
Design is more than the sum of a list of plants. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to do your own textbook research, but always seek out tours, classes, and workshops in your own community to enrich your textbook learning and create an efficient, low-work homestead.
Plus, it’s way more fun to learn in a group!
And now, for some pictures. Thanks to Ken Stigler for these beautiful professional pics!
All in all, it was a great day. We loved meeting like-minded folks and exchanging questions and ideas.
- Want to learn more about permaculture? See my post What is Permaculture?
- Are you ready to find the right class, tour, or workshop for you? Check out my post How to Choose the Right Permaculture Class for ideas.
- No classes in your area? Find a permaculture designer who can walk your property with you.
Video is a great way to learn permaculture if you don’t have the option to learn in a live class. Although not a complete replacement, the following videos are ones that I highly recommend.
- Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective
- The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic
- Permaculture Skills
- Perennial Vegetable Gardening
Have you taken an in-person permaculture class, tour, or workshop? What was your experience?