There are a bunch of local permaculture courses coming to Michigan (Washtenaw and Hillsdale Counties). Yes that’s right, Washtenaw Community College has welcomed Permaculture into the halls of higher education. These intro courses are a worthwhile endeavor for anyone interested in sustainable solutions you can start NOW at home, in food, energy, water, waste, building, and transportation. This is the Summer of Grow!
Wednesday, May 11th from 6-9 PM – Cottage Food Industry: Make Money Selling Your Home Made Foods A Class in the Permaculture Design Series
Recently passed amendments to the Food Law of 2000 define a cottage food operation as one where a person produces or packages non-potentially hazardous food in a kitchen of that person’s primary domestic residence. The law allows sales of allowable foods produced by a cottage food operation to homes, farm markets, roadside stands, municipal farmers markets, county fairs, celebrations, festivals and other events. Learn how to set up your own cottage based industry and how the concept relates to the Permaculture concept. Examine what foods are allowable for sale, the requirements for labels and listings, sales records, and learn how to plug into the network of existing cottage food operations.
To learn more and register, click here: http://www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning/browse/view/category/careers/
And there are more…
Wednesday, May 18th from 6-9 PM – Permaculture: An Introduction Sustainable Community Solutions
Permaculture is a design methodology for making the sustainable transition to an energy and resource conscious future. Permaculture design goes beyond “green” concepts by utilizing an integrated, umbrella approach to community design decisions. It seeks to create environmentally and economically viable communities by focusing on energy, economic, agricultural and transportation challenges and ways to transition to sustainably designed systems. Learn the fundamental concepts of permaculture design. Examine energy, food, water and waste strategies and how these relate to the larger community. Gain hands-on tools you need to begin considering the concepts of permaculture design in all that you do and in your community.
To learn more and register, click here: http://www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning/browse/view/category/construction/
Wednesday, May 25th from 6-9 PM – Permaculture Gardening in Michigan Grow Food All Winter Long
Did you know that by utilizing simple design and inexpensive systems, we can enjoy a bountiful harvest throughout the snowiest months of winter? Learn about four seasons growing in Michigan in this workshop from the Permaculture Design Series. Permaculture is a design methodology for the sustainable transition to an energy and resource conscious future. It focuses on permanent agriculture solutions, where food production occurs much closer to home and environmental balance is restored. Permaculture systems create environmentally sound, economically viable communities that thrive with nature. Through enriching real life examples and hands on demonstrations, participants will leave knowing how to plant, grow, maintain and harvest abundant organic edibles in their own home, with Permaculture designed systems, throughout the Michigan year.
To learn more and register, click here: http://www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning/browse/view/category/home-garden/page/2/
And for those that are ready to dive in to hands on Permaculture, camp out on a farm, and eat great food………
Friday – Sunday, May 20-22. Permaculture Weekend Intensive @ Community Systems Learning Center in Camden, MI
This powerful weekend is for those that are ready to jump head first into hands on Permaculture design. Take home life changing skills in self sufficiency, renewable energy, organic agriculture, primitive skills, whole systems composting, fermentation and nature awareness. This weekend is going to be amazing!!
To learn more and to register, click here: http://chiwarapermacultureintensive.eventbrite.com/