We are so excited to announce a Permaculture Certification Course at Hope Grows Farm and Restoration Center from Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 27th. This two-week, 80 hour plus training with finish with each student certified in Permaculture. The two week course will be led by Dr. Derek Kirbow. Derek has been working in the field of permaculture and sustainable agriculture for over a decade. In that time he has completed site designs and worked on foundational research in the area of food security around the world including Hawaii, Africa, and Samoa. Currently on staff at the University of the Nations, he serves as an instructor and a member of the International Committee of Science and Technology. He holds advanced degrees in international development and food security and is a certified permaculture designer from the Nashville Permaculture Guild. The cost of the two week school is $1,000.00. Similar schools will cost you from $2,500 to $4,000 for a two week course.


What is Permaculture?

per·ma·cul·ture the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

Imagine a system where food was produced year in and year out, sustainably, with enough left over to share. A system where soil was enhanced, animal life was plentiful, and diversity was encouraged. This would be done without poisons, store bought fertilizers, and allow for responsible management of resources. This and more is the crux of what comprises Permaculture.


The word itself is coined from two different concepts: Permanence and Agriculture or, if you prefer, Permanence and Culture. Either way the idea is the same. We are aiming to use logic, intuition, experience, and even science to create artistry within the land we have. Whether this means your balcony in a crowded city or a 200 acre homestead is irrelevant.


The Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC) is a certification course that comprises upwards of 80 hours in training, building, developing, and designing in a classroom environment. Added to this is a final design project that, once completed, grants students their Certification in Permaculture Design.


Topics covered will include:

- Agriculture

- Water and Catchment

- Animal husbandry

- Sustainable Systems

- Sanitation and reclamation

- Soil Building and soil health

- Natural Building

- Using forests

- Landscape profiles

- Holistic and natural inclusion

- and much more!

There are a number of hotels available within 15-20 minute of Hope Grows Farm and Restoration Center.

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