April 16, 2012--Urban gardeners, small-scale farmers and sustainability advocates can learn how to use permaculture design to turn their back yards, city lots, rooftops and community commons areas into bountiful and beautiful gardens. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Midwest Permaculture are offering a Permaculture Design Certification course, June 7-14, on the UW-River Falls campus.
The term permaculture originated with Bill Mollison, founder of the Permaculture Institute in Tasmania, Australia. It refers to an integrated system of design that
encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities.
“Permaculture is a creative and artful way of living, where people and nature are both preserved and enhanced by thoughtful planning, the careful use of resources and technology, mimicking the patterns found in nature and a respectful approach to life,” says Bill Wilson, Midwest Permaculture founder and certifying instructor.
This is the second year that UW-River Falls has hosted the class in conjunction with the St. Croix Institute for Sustainable Community Development. Participants in the eight-day class will learn how to enhance small-scale farming and urban and suburban food production while minimizing the use of fossil fuel and negative environmental impacts. Upon completion of the eight-day course, each participant will be eligible to receive a permaculture design certificate (PDC) from Midwest Permaculture.
Registration is available online and discounts are available to college students and group registrations. For more information, visit http://www.uwrf.edu/ContinuingEducation/PDCCourse.cfm or call 800-228-5607.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at http://www.uwrf.edu/ContinuingEducation/ or by calling 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.