PERMACULTURE COMMUNITY PARTNER
Are you interested in becoming the next PDC Community Partner?
Our goal is to create a mutually-beneficial exchange in order to make a comprehensive permaculture master plan accessible to an organization that benefits the community of Atlanta, while simultaneously helping us to keep tuition costs down so that affordable Permaculture Design Certification is available to students in and around Atlanta. We anticipate that, in partnership, and as we have seen each year prior, the ripples made in our community regarding food security and access, wise resource management, and resilience will leave a wonderful legacy.
Shades of Green hosts a 72-hour Permaculture Design Certification Course in Atlanta, GA each year. This upcoming September marks the 5th course we have taught in Atlanta. To keep tuition low, we work in partnership with a community organization that can benefit from thoughtful site observation and detailed permaculture designs created by our students over the length of the course. In previous years, we have partnered with the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, theWaldorf School of Atlanta, the City of Pine Lake, the Frazer Center, the Clarkston Community Center, the Funny Farm, and the Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta.
What you get from us:
We lead our students in an in-depth exploration of the permaculture design process, culminating with a presentation of comprehensive permaculture design proposals for the site, including in-depth maps, site analyses, master plans, proposed design and construction details, budget and phasing proposals, and extensive plant lists for the Community Partner. We tailor the design groups to fit the needs of the Community Partner. Past design groups have addressed forest management, food forestry, water system and stormwater management, perennial agriculture, micro-enterprise design, and more. Additionally, we lead students in one or two hands-on construction projects on site, which are determined based on the needs of the Community Partner.
What we need from you:
As the Community Partner, you would provide on-site classroom space. The class will facilitate approximately 20-30 students in the design process, and is held one weekend per month November 2016-April 2017. We also require the Community Partner to be present for a client interview for 2 hours during the first weekend, and for class presentations on the final Saturday of the course. The ideal space for our classes is indoors, has Wifi access, and a bathroom.
The schedule for this years’ class is as follows:
Saturday 9AM-6PM and Sunday 9AM-4PM
*TBD (one weekend per month, November 2018 - April 2019)
The final Saturday (TBD in April 2019) of the course culminates in students presentations to the Community Partner. After the student presentations in April 2019, we will lead a separate internship program for an exceptional graduate of the course, during which time they refine the student designs even further into a cohesive Master Plan, lead by our professional team of designers, to be presented Summer/Fall 2019.
If this program seems like a good fit for your organization, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org. We will choose a Community Partner by September 2018.