What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary and solution focused application of principles, ethics, & methods for living a thriving livelihood in harmony with Mother Earth. It is a combination of the words Permanent & Culture; its goals seek to design for a culture of natural abundance & equality. Learn more about the principles & ethics of Permaculture >

What is a PDC?

A traditional introduction to Permaculture is the PDC (Permaculture Design Certification); a 72+ hour learning journey which provides an integrated, whole systems overview of both natural and social aspects of our planet. Our certificate and curriculum has evolved from its origins in Australia with Bill Mollison & David Holmgren. Learn more about a PDC > or check out some Videos >

Why is it important to earn a PDC, can’t I just watch YouTube videos about it?

Yes, of course YouTube University is a great place to start, but we are not effectively applying the principles of Permaculture until we interact & integrate with others and their diverse skills; learning through taking action in our community. A PDC weaves an interconnected web of seemingly different subjects into a coherent and clear picture of understanding whole systems. Graduates of a PDC program will gain new perspectives in their connection to our living planet and may provide much needed holistic insight to just about any discipline.

I can take a PDC anywhere, what’s so unique about this program?

As an apprenticeship program, it combines the wonderful diversity of course content from a standard PDC with a hands-on, practical approach to learning through experience from the local wisdom and stories of people & place. Spread out over the season, this format allows many folks to not take much time away from work, school, vacation, or other obligations. Many PDC courses are intensive 10-14 day immersive programs that are considerably more expensive ($1200-$2500+). It just depends on what format works best for the individual!

What is an Apprenticeship?

Throughout human history, one of the simplest & most effective ways of learning knowledge and skill has been shared through an apprenticeship. These types of informal learning environments provide a balance of independence and mutual interdependence between ‘apprentice’ and ‘teacher(s)’; providing opportunities to create and contribute their work with the world. In modern society, this relationship has been replaced, abstracted, & compartmentalized by authoritarian lectures, reading, & standardized testing in the classrooms of state & corporate-funded schools & universities – quite often neglecting the skills, knowledge, & experience of the community. Our program seeks to tap into this bioregional & cultural abundance of wisdom and provide a ‘balanced diet’ perspective of the many complex problems & solutions involved in this work. 

What’s included in the program tuition?

Please refer to the Registration info >

I’m very excited about this program, but I’m concerned about the financial investment. Do you have any scholarships or work trade opportunities?

Yes! We have some work trade opportunities available to make this program accessible to anyone who is sincerely interested and hope that lack of financial capital not be a barrier. Sliding scale is also offered. Please connect with us or attend one of our upcoming Info Sessions so we can find a way to make it happen!

Will there be any required reading materials?

Some of our greatest teachers have been found in written material – we will focus on one specific text that we strongly suggest getting your hands on. We will certainly suggest many other useful resources throughout the program – many of these selected texts, handouts, and recommended reading lists shall be provided.

What sort of learning environments can I expect? 

Outdoor environments will be emphasized and participants should be prepared for potential inclement weather on our field days. Our studio nights will be indoors. Please refer to the Schedule section >

I don’t have access to a vehicle, can I still participate in the program?

Yes! We will help arrange carpools for trips out of town and hope apprentices can seek out public transportation, bike, or find other means within the Twin Cities.

I won’t be able to attend all of the program dates, should I still apply?

Yes! Our flexible schedule will allow students to miss some of the dates. Beyond that, we also offer limited make-up opportunities for those who wish to complete their PDC requirements. Accommodation can be made for extraordinary circumstances.

Who are the instructors for this program?

Cody & Megan are the head instructors, but the beauty of this program is that we honor our elders & experienced community members who teach and share throughout the program. It is encouraged that Apprentices will also contribute from their own experience whenever relevant. Teaching & facilitation training is built into this program so we can all better communicate and share these skills with others more effectively. Apprentices are highly encouraged for feedback & critique of their instructors teaching throughout the program!

Will there be guest instructors?

Yes! There are so many folks in our region with much to share – many of our days will be spent learning from spaces and places that others have helped cultivate. If you have person or place in mind, send them to this Get Involved page >. The schedule will be updated as opportunities arise throughout the growing season. Stay tuned on our Facebook for updates!

Can I get College or Continuing Ed Credits?

That is certainly a goal for this program. Ask your school directly and let us know if you have any specific questions we can answer. It may also qualify as an Internship for some degree programs and we are flexible if you need more hours for this program to qualify. Ask us!

I can’t attend the full program, but would love to get involved. How can I help?

Join us for a workshop, share this program with your friends on Facebook/Instagram, and join our Land by Hand Newsletter > for volunteer & workshop opportunities! Hopefully join us next season!

Have more questions? Contact us >