Design Charette

3-4 day workshop at Intermediate Level

Gain confidence in your design skills with this workshop focused on permaculture site assessment and conceptual design for a site that includes numerous permaculture elements. The course starts with an in-depth experience of the way that Hazel does an initial assessment of a property during a walk through. Students then explore ways to organize thinking about the multi-faceted opportunities addressed through permaculture on the specific site. Team work will lead to conceptual designs and recommendations for the site.

At this workshop, we will do an assessment of the property, taking a close look at opportunities to increase water infiltration, improve forest health, locate buildings and food growing operations, site a seasonal worker camp, as well as opportunities for animals, waste water treatment, energy production and more. We will explore organizing the site through keyline principles as well as applying zone and sector analysis.

Students will brainstorm a permaculture vision of the possibilities on this land and do rough sketches to document our ideas. The course will finish with a student presentation to the property owners.

This class will be offered at an intermediate level. This means it is suitable for graduates of the Permaculture Design Course as well as people who have either taken at least a one day introductory permaculture course or read one of the basic permaculture books.


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