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February - March, 2018: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

Feb. 9-11, Feb. 24-25, March 10-11, March 24-25
Cost: $999 (includes lunches)

For more information and to register please visit:

Questions? Contact: Trevor Piersol

Shenandoah Permaculture Institute is will be hosting our 2018 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course in partnership with University of Richmond.

This 9 day, 72-hour PDC will be held over 4 weekends at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design science that models itself on the patterns found in nature while applying them to human forms - from farms to economies and more.

What will I learn?

Through 72-hours of workshops over four weekends, and using hands-on activities, field trips, presentations, conversations, collaboration, and a site-specific design challenge, students will gain permaculture design credentials that are ready for real-world applications in both your personal life and business opportunities.

Course topics:
• Permaculture ethics and principles
• Permaculture design process
• Regenerative agriculture
• Edible Forest Gardening
• Integrated livestock systems
• Patterns in nature and design
• Community building
• Social permaculture
• Water conservation and management
• Earthworks, swales, and ponds
• Natural soil management
• The soil food web
• Mycoremediation
• Mushroom cultivation
• Herbal medicine and health
• Growing native woodland medicinals
• Financial permaculture
• Sustainable building techniques
• Renewable energy systems
  And more!

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2017-70011-26861, and the Southern Risk Management Education Center Grant #545015. For more information about the program or funding, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director and Extension Specialist, at or 540-231-5784.

For website updates, such as broken links, please contact Allyssa Mark, Program Associate.