“Our ethical task is to live cooperatively with each other. Our design aims for living together are to conserve natural resources, implement fair trade and financial systems, share responsibility for work, and provide meaningful, dignified and safe work.” - Rosemary Morrow,
Author of Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC)
June 16-30, 2017
Sage Mountain Center, Whitehall, Montana
Full Cost: $1,575
This summer, we at Broken Ground and Inside Edge Design are excited to offer a 14-day Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Rooted in the teachings of Bill Mollison,David Holmgren, and Rosemary Morrow, students will receive the 72-hour core curriculum, and will also come away with skills to be practitioners in the areas of Edible Forest Gardening, Social Systems Design, Regenerative Agriculture, Community Development, Rural or Urban Homestead/Farm-scale Enterprise Planning, and Digital Mapping and Design Methods and Tools. This will be a full immersion course, with lots of practical experience complementing lecture time.
What is edible forest gardening?“Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts.” - Dave Jacke, Author of Edible Forest Gardens
What is social systems design?“Without good design of social structures and healthy inner landscapes, the ecosystems we design cannot and will not function appropriately….We believe it is imperative that these
issues be discussed and designed ahead of time.” - Dave Jacke
What is regenerative agriculture?
“More than a mere alternative strategy, regenerative agriculture represents a fundamental shift in our culture’s relationship to nature. Regenerative agriculture
comprises an array of techniques that rebuild soil and, in the process, sequester carbon...It also offers ecological benefits far beyond carbon storage: it stops soil erosion, remineralizes soil, protects the purity of groundwater and reduces damaging pesticide and fertilizer runoff.”
- Charles Eisenstein, Author of Sacred Economics
Site visits include:
Tending Nature Homestead - an off-grid two acre site illustrating earthworks, greywater systems, animal systems and much more!
Sabo Ranch - an off-grid strawbale home and ranch for premiere 100% grassfed/grass finished beef
Broken Ground – a suburban ¾ acre lot designed as a cold climate permaculture demonstration site
Springhill Community Garden – a collective community farm of 40+ people illustrating a successful social and ecological design
REGISTERING AND PAYING FOR THE COURSE - $1,175 (early bird until December 31), $1575 (full cost); $1075 each for couple (early bird), $1525 each for couple (full cost). Childcare is available. The course fee includes instruction, camping accommodations, 3 meals/day, and course handouts. Child-care is subsidized, but there may be a nominal fee depending on the demand.
To Register and Pay for the course, please click here for our registration document. After filling it out and clicking SUBMIT, you will be given a link to make your payment. If you'd like to pay by check/money order, please make it out to Inside Edge Design and mail to 1024 11th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601. We must receive payment within 5 days of registration to hold your spot.
DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT IN FULL - A $350 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration, with payment in full due by May 16, 2017.
Work trade - Work trade arrangements will be made in a limited capacity. Email Jesse and Kareen at MontanaPDC@gmail.com if you are interested.
Community-Supported Permaculture Designers Program - Work-trade applicants and anyone interested in financial assistance with the course should consider creating their own Community-Supported Permaculture Designer (CSPD). Download the details here.
CANCELLATION POLICY - Full refunds minus the $350 non-refundable deposit will be given up to 6 weeks prior to the start of class only. Refund requests made less than 6 weeks prior to class will only be honored, less the $350 non-refundable deposit, if the space is able to be filled by another paying student. There are absolutely no refunds once the course has begun.
In the event of low registration by May 16th this course will be cancelled and all tuition funds will be returned to the payer.
PAY BALANCE - Payments for the remainder of the tuition are due on May 16, 2016. Payment must be paid in full for course participation. Check or money order is preferred - please make out checks to Inside Edge Design and mail to 1024 11th Avenue, Helena, MT 59601. To pay your balance for the course via PayPal before June 15, please follow: http://www.brokengroundpermaculture.com/montana-pdc.html Please fill out the form, select your balance amount, submit, and you will be directed to PayPal. If you have a question about your balance amount, please direct them to Jesse and Kareen at MontanaPDC@gmail.com.
Warren Brush is a global permaculture design consultant, educator, lecturer and storyteller. He has worked for over 25 years in sustainable systems design for communities, private and public organizations, households, small holder farms, and conservation properties worldwide. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Enterprises, Sustainable Vocations, Wilderness Youth Project, Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. He is a consultant for USAID’s TOPS (Technical, Operations, Performance Support) program where he trains technical field staff, for their African Food for Peace programs, in a Resilience Design Framework. He works extensively in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. Some of the courses Warren has taught include: Permaculture Design Certification, Earthworks for Resiliency, Resilient Small Farm Design, Permaculture for International Development, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Community Design Using Permaculture, Permaculture Investing, Drought Proofing Landscapes, Ecological Restoration, Cultural Mentoring, and Food Forestry.
Jessica Peterson (Inside Edge Design) holds a Masters Degree in Population and Development Economics, a BA in Psychology, and possesses certifications in Gracious Space Facilitation, Non-Violent Communication, and Permaculture and Restoration Landscape Design. In her heart of hearts and by practice she is an ecological community organizer, teacher and entrepreneur. Jesse applies the permaculture framework and holistic planning to her everyday life, at home, at work, and at play. She is developing an urban perennial farmstead on her property and markets value-added products from her own kitchen. Her current permaculture obsession is social systems designs, commons management along with experiments with farm to pharmacy. Jesse has taught permaculture in her community and beyond and just wrapped up teaching a 9-Day Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens.
Kareen Erbe (Broken Ground) Kareen is an experienced permaculture practitioner and has been teaching permaculture and gardening workshops through her business, Broken Ground, for 5 years. She and her family are developing a ¾ acre suburban cold climate demonstration site with a food forest, kitchen gardens, greenhouse, pond, chickens, ducks and a greywater system. She has a BSc. in Environmental Science and completed an advanced permaculture program taught by Geoff Lawton, at PRI. This included training in earthworks, composting, soil biology, and urban permaculture design. Kareen also trained in teaching permaculture with Rosemary Morrow, author of the Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture. She has Master Gardener and Master Composter Certification, training in Ecology Action’s Grow Biointensive methods and participated in a Food Forest Design Charrette with author, teacher and designer, Dave Jacke. She has also worked as a permaculture consultant for the sustainability organization, GoodtoChina, in Shanghai. Kareen is a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine.
Caroline Wallace (Inside Edge Design) Caroline Wallace has a degree in Landscape Architecture and is certified in permaculture design. She and Jesse are the co-founders of Inside Edge Design and co-designed the 6th Ward Garden Park, the first public perennial edible park in MT, with Dave Jacke and the community of Helena. Caroline is our site analysis, mapping, graphic design, communications, and community design facilitation guru! She is most passionate about designing beautiful, edible, and resource-wise outdoor living and production spaces and uses permaculture as an ecological and social design framework. Caroline has a deep-rooted belief in the value of community, collaboration, and a pressing need for communities to be more self-reliant. She is excited to get you on your way to creating beautiful designs which will achieve your ecological livelihood dreams!
Chris Borton (Sage Mountain Center), a 4th generation builder, is the director and co-founder of Sage Mountain Center, an off-grid, sustainably designed educational facility located in Whitehall, MT. For over 20 years, Sage Mountain Center has provided consultation services, seminars and tours in everything from passive solar straw bale home building, cordwood construction, and permaculture to solar and wind power for students, homeowners, and businesses across the state.
Brent Brock (HoloScene Wildlife Services) is a landscape ecologist and has over 30 years of professional experience in ecology and wildlife conservation, working for the Konza Biological Station, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Craighead Institute and now his own business, HoloScene Wildlife Services. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology and a Master of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology from Kansas State University. His education provides a deep understanding of the ecological connection between wildlife habitat and working landscapes. Brent has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters on ecology and conservation.
Allison Rooney (Cloud Nine Farm) Allison Rooney and her family own and operate Cloud Nine Farm in Wilsall, Montana. Established in 2008, the farm is continuously evolving to comprise a workable approach to regenerative agricultural production methods, including a small scale holistically managed mixed grazing operation, Keyline cultivation, four-season greenhouse production, a market garden, on-farm food processing, and ongoing work with permaculture-inspired design techniques. Allison’s goal is to create a diversified farm system with a healthy economic outlook while serving local communities safe and delicious food. The farm is certified organic, and produces vegetables, herbs, microgreens, nursery plants, eggs, and small livestock on pasture.
Max Milton (Timeless Seeds) grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with summers at Lake Tahoe and on a ranch in Montana. He has lived in Helena, Montana for the last 40 years. He studied at Dartmouth College and Chicago Theological Seminary. Max has been an ethical investor for over 40 years. He currently chairs the Board of Timeless Seeds, a Montana based packager of organic lentils, other pulse crops and ancient grains and is a partner in a family land and livestock business, He started and owned a small restaurant, been part of a small publishing operation, and helped start a non endowed foundation to raise funds for granting throughout the NW and Northern Rockies in areas including human rights, environment, and sustainable agriculture.
Tim Southwell and Grant Shadden (ABC acres) run ABC acres, an 80-acre permaculture and regenerative agriculture farm in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. Sustainable food production, healthy living systems, and ecological design are the focus of the farm. Their cattle, chickens and pigs are out on open pasture, eating, resting and living the way nature intended. ABC acres’ crops are a mixture of annuals and perennials intertwined with pollinator species, companion plantings, and multi-structured food forests. Both Tim and Grant are certified in permaculture design. Grant received his Permaculture Design Certifying Instructor Training and teaches numerous PDCs. Each ecological entrepreneurs, they are eager to share their experiences with farm and business planning, as well as holistic and regenerative land and animal management systems.
THE LEARNING SITE
The course takes place at Sage Mountain Center, an off-grid, sustainable learning center in the Montana Wilderness, near Whitehall. In 1989, Christopher Borton and Linda Welsh (the owners) broke ground on their dream and over the past 26 years have built a demonstration site that is an inspiration to all those who visit. Illustrating strawbale and cordwood construction, passive solar design, high altitude gardening, and wind and solar energy, the center is an ideal location for our Permaculture Design Course.
Sage Mountain Center sits at 6,300 feet in elevation, right on the Continental Divide. Surrounded by the Beaverhead- Deerlodge National Forest, gardens and wildlife, serenity and peace pervade the area.
Whitehall's location in the center of Southwest Montana means it is within a stone's throw of the Jefferson, Ruby and Boulder Rivers. In addition, the trout streams of the Beaverhead, Big Hole, and Madison Rivers all flow within one hour of Whitehall. To the east, Montana's oldest state park, Lewis and Clark Caverns showcases the state's unique geology and to the west, the Delmoe Lake area attracts campers, hikers, and fishers. Whitehall is 30 minutes from the historic city of Butte, 70 minutes from the Bozeman International Airport and 2 hours from Yellowstone National Park.
The course fee includes camping accommodations. There are also several beautiful and comfortable indoor options available for an additional cost. These rooms are in either strawbale or cordwood structures and built using non-toxic and natural finishes. There is also an option of living in a tipi! Being at 6,300 ft, the weather in June at Sage Mountain Center is unpredictable. Expect highs in the 70's to lows in the 30's. Precipitation may come in the form of snow during springtime so please come prepared!
The indoor option rates are as follows:
$20/night - shared space
$40/night - private room
$65/night - deluxe private cottage
Please let us know whether or not you would like an indoor option when you register. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the accommodations.