Homestead Planning & Permaculture Design

Course Information

18 and Up

This class is overnight and includes food and camping.

This course will introduce permaculture design through exploring how to plan and implement an efficient, abundant, and ecologically sound homestead. Participants will survey a diversity of principles, strategies, and techniques to help them design or retrofit a high-performance homestead or small-farm to be not only productive and beautiful, but also integrated with the wild landscape.

Contrary to popular assumptions, homesteading doesn’t have to be about roughing it, but can instead be about cultivating thriving human habitats that support biodiversity and ecosystem health.

Through surveying an array of principles, analyses, and techniques from permaculture design and agroecology, we’ll explore the most important considerations for planning your holistic homestead or small farm. Participants will be exposed to a broad conceptual gallery of practical strategies and techniques, and will be guided in a design process that can be applied in any context.

All skill levels welcome. Participants need not own land or live in a rural context to benefit from the class.

Taught by Chris Grataski








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Directions, Gear & Logistics

Logistical information about what to bring for your class, camping during overnight courses, directions and so forth can be found here.

Registration Forms

Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.