Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership (HICSL) and Midcoast Permaculture Design Bring Permaculture Education to Island Communities
Rockland, ME: The Hurricane Island Foundation (HIF) and Midcoast Permaculture Design are proud to announce that they will offer a two-day Introduction to Permaculture course on Hurricane Island this Spring. Using Hurricane Island as teaching space, this course will provide a first-hand understanding of Permaculture design with Jesse Watson of Midcoast Permaculture Design and participants will gain a foundation for designing their home gardens and farms for resilience and sustainability.
Permaculture is a design methodology that incorporates aspects of agriculture, landscape design, ecology, appropriate technology and systems thinking. It is a thinking tool and process that allows us to design resilient and sustainable human habitats modeled on patterns that we see emerge in natural systems. It is often applied to the home garden system to design edible landscapes that behave similar to wild ecosystems. At the farm scale, permaculture is used to design agroforestry or agroecology systems that incorporate annual, perennial and animal production systems. It is a synthesis of wise human behavior taken from both modern and ancient sources of inspiration.
The Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership provides programs that expose people to science as a passion and a profession, and inspire them to imagine how to live in the world in a more holistic manner. The Island itself is a living laboratory where participants can immerse themselves in the woods and waters while becoming members of a sustainable, off-the-grid community. Programs teach various aspects of physical science and promote the value of collaborative learning while helping students build confidence in their own abilities.
This course will be facilitated in a manner that values the expertise of the participants and engages all styles of learning by appealing to the eyes, the ears and the hands. It will be a mix of lecture, group discussion, video and hands-on projects in the field. Participants will leave with a strong foundation, being able to apply permaculture design to their situations and projects. Participants will have the benefit of learning about ecological design in a collaborative environment face to face with peers of practitioners. People will leave this course with a strong sense of how to apply permaculture principles and techniques to their home gardens or farms, and this course will help to quell that overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start.
Designing for Resilience & Sustainability
Permaculture Design Methodology
Analysis Techniques and Options
Tree Crops & Perennial Food Systems
Reading the Landscape and Data Collection
Real Life Examples and Strategies
Dispel Feelings of Not Knowing ‘Where to Start’
About Hurricane Island
The Hurricane Island Foundation offers experiential science and leadership programs for middle, high school, and college students, and continuing education opportunities for adult learners at its Center for Science and Leadership on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. Participants of all ages discover what it takes to make a difference in the world - as students, scientists, citizens, and leaders, while living an ethic of environmental awareness through sustainability and environmental responsibility. The island is also home to the Hurricane Island Field Research Station, providing summer program participants, researchers, and students with a unique environment for authentic science and research that is meaningful and useful to the people and communities of the Gulf of Maine. For more information about the Hurricane Island Foundation, visit www.hurricaneisland.net.
About Midcoast Permaculture Design
Midcoast Permaculture Design is an edible landscaping firm specializing in edible ecosystem design. We design and build whole ecosystems that are perennial, edible, ecologically healthy and beautiful to behold. We focus on organic land care practices that increase ecosystem health while meeting the goals of our clients. In service to our mission we offer master planning and installation services as well as consultation, educational and facilitation services.
The mission of Midcoast Permaculture Design is to help facilitate the rebirth of an ecological culture rooted here in Midcoast Maine.
For more information, please visit midcoastpermaculture.com
For registration, please visit http://www.hurricaneisland.net/permaculture/