After six weekends of intensive lecture and hands-on activities spread out from late August through early November, the first group of Eldenbridge PDC students were awarded their Permaculture Design Course certifications by our lead instructor, Alan Booker, after successfully completing and presenting their design projects to wrap up the course.
Each student had to complete and present a Permaculture design plan for the entire 60+ acre property of Duncan Farms, including a detailed design for integrating production systems that ranged from forest gardens to aquaculture and rotational grazing of cattle and poultry in silvopasture systems.
One of the main challenges faced by students was the fact that a part of the property is located on a flood plain, creating the problem of often having too much water instead of not enough. This required students to include earthworks elements in their designs that help redirect and channel the water into ponds and other water catchments where appropriate while allowing excess water to move smoothly off the land without creating erosion or flood conditions on the property itself.
All of the design projects showed a good grasp of Permaculture design principles and we are proud to send our first batch of PDC graduates out into the world to start learning and deepening their design expertise.
We are considering scheduling another PDC for the fall of 2016, so sign up for our mailing list if you are interested and we will keep you informed about upcoming classes and events.