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What if you feel like you don't have the time? 7-8 hrs a week of video seems like a lot until we look at the average tv or youtube watching per week per adult - how much of that is inspiring? Empowering? While it may seem like a time commitment especially when looking at it all together: 150 hours of education, but that's less than 20 days of public school education. Once upon a time you lived and breathed education and if it's something you can get excited about (your dreams and goals) then you can dive back into that space again - you might even feel younger, lighter, and more open to what will come when you do.
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“It is my opinion that it is the best permaculture course in the world” -James Webb
“Matt Powers - you are the true reflection of what permaculture means with caring for people not just the paperwork. This is my destiny and I knew as soon as I signed up that this was the course, that it would change my life.” - Beth Healey
“This course is World Class! I love the info. I own a company and work 70 hours a week. This is the best course I have ever taken on this subject. Matt Powers ROCKS!!!” -Mike Garcia
“The PDC from a few years ago truly changed my way of looking at everything. Your course has up-scaled the learning to reach deeper into the way I view the interior and exterior worlds…micro to macro.” -Jennifer Brennan
“I appreciate your tremendous, inspiring work and this exciting learning experience so much.” - Yoko Fujimoto
This course is fantastic Matt! Your energy amps up the lessons and I love the audiobook format. I'm honored to be a part of this. Thank you brother." -Nik Cudnik
"You know how you didn't know you were looking for something until you found it? That's how I feel about this course!" -Deidra Jowers
"I feel as if I was just offered a choice between taking the red pill or the blue pill. Mind=blown." -Ryan Markley
"Matt, you make this so fun. Love your laugh at the start. Oh my gosh I love this course because of you. Rejoice!!" -Aztrel
"I got my B.S. in Biology in 1995. I have been looking for a way to go to grad school ever since. This course and your programs are so much more efficient at delivering information... Not to mention the real world experience of your guest teachers and students. I cannot think of a better way to continue my education than what you are offering and this community. Thank you to everyone." - RJ Cox
"I really thought I knew something about nature. Just in the last two weeks I learned nature is a new science with a lot of niches to fill in. So many gaps in education. We should be teaching this to our children. Imagine the potencial of human race's evolution if we all start with this kind of basic understanding of nature early on in our education system. Geoff Lawton's PDC completely changed my understanding of nature, but this course is just taking it to a whole new level. Future now looks more feasible. We have to set a good example so we can properly inoculate people around us. We are really living in a nature illiterate society, our biggest challenge is to fully understand the impact of community building in nature and society. Thank you Matt for all your effort to put all this information together, it is really powerful and empowering." - Thiago
"Thanks Matt Powers I’ve been super impressed with the mass amount of information provided thus far and the support from you and the class mates has been world class." -Anthony Harris
"I’m learning so much, but the part I constantly talk about to others is the soil food web, the biology in our soil. Everything else is wonderful too and much of it new info for me, but the biology is like the magic key that I was missing from all these half-knows. The startling realization of all of it is like if I stuck my head in water and realized I could breath there all this time; why did I not notice it before, but now that I do it’s amazing. I’m excited that this course gives me a lot of hope" - Katherine Barton
"I’d have to say that my understanding of the earth and permaculture in general has expanded to universal portions. As well as my beliefs in my ability to make a positive change." -David Medearis
"I have learned tons of new things... Thank you Matt for being so generous and bringing so many experts into your course. You ALL open millions of opportunities " -Trinidad Arribas
"This course has been the most valuable course I've ever taken, and I cant wait to go back through it all a second and third time. This is a true gift to the world Mr. Powers. Thank you!" -Mark
"I have learned so much so far and my perception of permaculture has changed beyond expectations. In the past, many of my ideas stayed ideas and I am acting instead of dreaming now. I meet up with people and reach out more to others to share knowledge, plants and seeds. I have started to sprout indoors and I am yielding an abundance. I am brewing kombucha where I have created a system of abundant flow. I'm finding ways to create an abundant amount of Oman Desert sweet potato slips indoors that I plan to give away. I'm learning to cool my house more effectively similarly to what Matt just spoke about. I am just creating more in general. I'm teaching, trading, learning and observing. I have brought a lot back to zone 0 to refocus thought and energy. Everything I do now requires much more critical thinking and planning and it has changed everything for me. My gratitude goes out to everyone in this course because I gain awesome insight and knowledge from everyone's comments!!!" -Matthew Wesner
"I've always understood intuitively that everything is connected, but the course has clearly illustrated in tangible ways how this is true. I've taken Elaine Ingham's Soil Food Web course and had the pleasure of hearing Darren Doherty speak in Santa Barbara and read P.A. Yeoman's Water for Every Farm, but this is the first time I have seen all of it presented as an integrated coherent whole. It's almost like studying the respiratory system, the circulatory system and the digestive system - and then experiencing them as a living thriving whole body. It's systems within systems. Very cool!" -James B.
"There is so much in this course! I love the sharing and collaborative way people want to work. I love the innovative ideas and projects going on. I love the positivity. I love how Matt is so supportive and responsive. I tell everyone about Permaculture and this course! I think Permaculture is the umbrella that I've been looking for...it connects everything that I've intuitively felt at a deep level." - Monique Challis
"Thanks for taking a bold leap and including these sometimes difficult to talk about topics in a permaculture course. You're the man Matt! -David V.
Interesting - so ocean restoration hasn't hit here. I was the first to include it in permaculture and it's slowly spreading. The fact is the coasts are the leverage point of the oceans and that's why we've been able to affect them so greatly, so as part of the advanced permaculture curriculum that I teach with dozens of experts from around the world we include it but only because we have folks in those areas who are experts.
The ancient city is Mexico city the most populous place on earth when Spaniards stumbled upon it and apparently according to some is again the most populous. The chinampas feed and in antiquity fed the people of Mexico City
For me as a professional educator, not having standards makes it a joke to create lesson plans because what would you align your assessments, activities, and objectives with? How would you organize 180 days of learning? It's Time for Standards, Teacher's Guides, and MORE, so we can get Permaculture into the K-12 system as the FOUNDATION FOR ALL EDUCATION, not an elective, but the lens through which all subjects flow. Though I've written the textbooks, I've only created what I call "camp curriculum" for summer camps actually but schools are now using them - this freaks me out lol because it means that teachers are not being trained in principles first, not creating their own lesson plans from scratch, and are using flawed textbooks instead of crafting their own as I did for years as a public charter school teacher and this is likely why I've created 12+ K-12 permaculture books in the past 3 years. I'm almost ready to release the standards for comment and I'll do so here and on my website after the peer reviewers and I pass it back and forth editing it for a bit. If you'd like to support this project and to get yourself a copy of the standards, lesson plans, best practices, and even detailed critiques of current standards (NGSS, NSES, Environmental Literacy, & California's Environmental Initiative), then you can preorder your copy of this book here: CLICK HERE
Expect your copy Nov/Dec 2018 We are almost done - just doing final review and editing before the peer reviewing begins!! CLICK HERE
Have you considered getting your APDC? it's quite different than the PDC set of information and the drawing or graphic designs exercise requirements. In The Advanced Permaculture Student Online, an APDC is only earned through making a project REAL. Based on research-based and classroom-proven best practices in eduction as well as the ONLY Peer-Reviewed Curriculum Available as well as the only cited global permaculture curriculum since Mollison's 1989 work, The Advanced Permaculture Student Online (APSO) expands Permaculture (including Mycology, Ocean Restoration, Renewable Energy, Social Permaculture, & More) as it grounds it in current science and large scale, profitable real life examples. If you'd like to download the textbook, the first edition is FREE online HERE: http://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/download-ps2-free
Anyone can teach permaculture. It requires a PDC to teach a PDC. PDC Teacher layer was added later and is rarely seen IMHO.
What is also rare is professional educators teaching permaculture THOUGH I have a few dozen I'm working with in my advanced permaculture course right now and I'm working on the Permaculture Education Standards too, so much more to come!!
That's no typo: the ebook is FREE for a limited time - all 374 pages of it which took over 2 years of daily 10+ hr work to complete. I want you to have it. It's that important.
It's the only fully-cited global permaculture textbook available since Bill Mollison's great work Permaculture: A Designer's Manual, which in many spots is out of date (soil, fungi, alternative energy, social permaculture, large landscape repair, ocean restoration, riparian restoration, etc). It's the only permaculture peer-reviewed textbook, and it also has many peer editors that helped shape the book long before printing (I hope this is the start of a trend in collaborative editing & reviewing - for accuracy sake!) It's also the first high school/college level textbook designed for that purpose, and it's yours free to download and read: http://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/download-ps2-free
It's only for a limited time though while I'm running the Kickstarter for the Advanced Permaculture Student Online course to accompany this new textbook with over 30 amazing educators and experts (of which I'm sure you know most but have never heard of them all together in one course). It will be the first advanced permaculture course to have career paths built into it, so we can send out The Regenerative Career Guide to guidance counselor's offices everywhere - we need to create a way for the mainstream to pick up permaculture and make it part of our culture. Healing the earth has to become a way of life and livelihood. Here's the team so far:
Looking for a FREE Introduction to Permaculture to watch as a family?
Check out The Permaculture Student Online Week 1 - it's a holistic introduction to permaculture plus coloring, K-12 activities, worksheets, seed saving, & seed to table cooking for 12 weeks, so enjoy this introduction & glimpse into the course
So my process is I made volume 1 to be a clear, academic reference, so the definitions are based entirely on principles and examples are more generalized and the entire form of the piece streamlined because I didn't include data figures, detailed examples, and detailed, conditional situations all of which come with application, right? So the first volume is really an introduction that is a perfect foundation for all permacultural understanding. That's part of why it took over 500 editors. The process this time has actually taken much longer as I've had to get more information and education often from the experts themselves or the expensive textbooks that all of us hesitate to buy (well I bought them since I'm a business and it's a tax write off!! ) I've been sourcing the most recent, up-to-date books that take Bill Mollison's great work and updates sections, adds sections, and rewrites sections. Here are just a few examples: we have an entire Fungi chapter and it will be reviewed by Peter McCoy, author of Radical Mycology, we'll have an alternative energy section reviewed by Troy Martz and the Ernie & Erica Wisner, I've rewritten much of what Bill wrote on soils simply because of Dr. Elaine Ingham's groundbreaking (pun intended) research, we'll have a large landscape repair section checked over by Neal Spackman who will also be looking over everything, and we will be included Holistic Management for Decision Making & cattle management as well as Keyline according to Darren Doherty. There are literally dozens of experts involved. Many of the folks from the last book are also helping again - it's really exciting. This book will include information from Eric Toensmeier's new book Carbon Farming as well as Priority One by Alan Yeomans (yes, PA Yeomans son!!) as well as The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone and the Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway.
My process is basically what it was as a teacher: identify the key criteria, organize it so that it is as widely understandable linguistically yet keeping it on grade level cognitively, organize it in a framework that builds structured meaning as you learn, iterates to remind without being repetitive, and is rooted in real-life examples that pair with principles to give students a working example that they can apply to new situations. I am in essence a filter and a picture frame. The least influence I have over the truth the better; I just need to get out of the way between the truth & their consciousness. Hopefully that makes sense
Building without Repeating:
Since I've always been sourcing richer materials than what I put out, and because I've been teaching at different levels for so long, I was able to just move up a cognitive level & expand the content without much difficulty.
All in all it's really really exciting!
I hope you all check it out! I'm trying to keep it as current and as thorough as possible by including everyone on the scene in its construction and review.
Please support The Permaculture Student 2, the first high school textbook designed to teach students how to live regeneratively with permaculture. The first volume is already in schools all over the world and is being translated into over a dozen languages. This is the next step, and schools are ready and waiting for it. I can’t wait to send the books out to everyone, but we need your help. Your donations pay for the artwork, shipping, and printing for the books as well as earn you a copy of that book or another reward. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help, so please donate & share this campaign.
I also am writing the 6-12th grade permaculture curricular arc, so that public and homeschooled kids can be on track to be advanced in the nascent collegiate permaculture programs. I'm currently working on vol. 2.
To spread permaculture youth education to all families, schools, permaculture sites & youth globally.
Introduction to Permaculture, Ethics & Principles
Cooking Eggs: Hard Boiled, Poached, Scrambled & Crustless Quiche
Mapping Your Land
Plant Focus: Orange Giant Amaranth
Behaviors of Nature, Patterns, Niches, Cycles (the Water Cycle) & More
Cooking Milk & Flour: Pancakes, Biscuits & Scones
What’s your land’s story?
Jar Soil Test & Planning Amendments, Mulch, & Legumes
Reverse Engineering our Diets part 1
Plant Focus: Mennonite Sorghum
Soil, Legumes, Worm Compost, & Compost Tea
Cooking Soup & Greens
What soil building strategies work in work area?
Reverse Engineering our Diets part 2
Plant Focus: Corn
Fungi, Mushrooms, Inoculating Paper & Cardboard
Burgers: 3 Ways
Planting Legumes & Fall Gardens
Mushroom Hunting (Identification)
Mushroom Projects: Shiitake logs, Oyster mushroom paper remediation, king Stropharia wood chip beds
Taking a Spore Print & Bioremediation
Plant Focus: Tomatoes: Seed Saving & Breeding with Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms
Trees & their Interactions
Cooking Sauce: Red, White & Green
Weeds & their Functions
Trees & Large Landscape Repair
The Layers of a Food Forest
Cutting Swales with Permaculture Student Josh
Climate Analogs & Local Plant Research
Plant Focus: Potatoes
Observing & Planning part 1
Sun Angle Observation
Observation - Protecting Seed
Water & Milk Kefir
Highland Downs’ duck pond irrigation system
Planting a Tree
Using a fan to seed save
Plant Focus: Cowpeas
Observation & Planning part 2
Starting your Design
Setting up a Greenhouse
Greenhouse Aquaponics - Strawberry Aquaponics
Pollinating by Hand
Your 1st Design - emailed to Matt
Create a Rationale for your Design
Cooking Popping Grains
Permaculture Design Part 2
Biofertilizer, BoneSauce & Chinampas
Red Aztec Spinach Harvesting
Blossom Bluff Orchards
Drying & Freezing Squash
Rethinking our Diets
2nd Draft of Design
Plant Focus Squash
Permaculture Design Part 3
Graywater & Rainwater Catchment
Greenhouse, Shadehouse & Food Forest Management
Wofati, Walipini & Zone 0
Rocket Mass Heaters
Laundry Graywater System
Olla pots & Dripline Irrigation
My Seed Collection
Cooking Candied Buddha’s Hand (Citron)
The Underground Cabin
Designing your Water Harvesting Systems exercise
Design an Animal Paddock Shifting System exercise
Willow Water recipe
Plant Focus Garlic & Alliums
Permaculture Design part 4
The Kefiry - a business based on water kefir
The Permaculture Skills Center - a place for higher learning in permaculture
Farm Share Farms, CSAs, Geoff Lawton’s OPDC
The Future of Permaculture
Erik Olsen’s homestead tour
The Guayaki Yerba Mate Company - an ethical, sustainable business model
Cooking Sourdough Breads
The Petaluma Seed Bank
Planning out your seed bank
Plant Focus: Strawberries & Cane Fruit
Every Week also has Exercises, Activities, Coloring Pages, Critical Thinking for all ages & Seed Sources for the Plant Focus.
I feel like in educating children it is something we overlook: wonder & curiosity come from an attitude of gratitude. When we work with nature, when we grow our own food, when we save seed & when we cope with difficult situations (usually outside our control), we grow in fundamental ways. All our ancestors learned the lessons we (collectively) lack by living day to day life, but we are disconnected from our food, the earth's cycles & our history. Using permaculture we can reconnect to those forgotten patterns of living and reconnect with our baseline of gratitude.
Here's an example: we all used to express real gratitude over each meal because we planted it, tended it, raised it, harvested it, processed it, cooked it &/or baked it; we have ownership. Self reliance = taking responsibility = ownership = maturity & gratitude. It's difficult to be more than fleetingly grateful for a frozen instant dinner. Some might say it's extra work, but the holistic yield is peace, gratitude, & satisfaction which are some things our society struggles with.
Plus on the pragmatic side, children should be growing most of the food we all eat, learning the science of it, & gaining real skills, gratitude & humility. The sitting they do for 12 years in public school is a slow motion crime. It's time to set them free & let them learn something real & vital, not an abstraction.
I'm of the opinion that you live by example & include them in normal daily routines that exemplify permaculture principles. I also think that the best place for a child 0-3 is with their parents & not in a classroom & for them to not have a curriculum beyond immersion in normal daily life of families. This normalcy and rhythm is what all our ancestors lived until age 7 or 8 when they began to be a larger part of working with the family. It is an ancient pattern and epigenetically rooted further than the more recent attacks on family. Evidence is mounting that preschooling is negative as well:
The best thing to do is build a food forest, set the kids free in it & just garden & do normal permie things include all family members of each family including extended families for free & have no curriculum other than what you are doing. Let the kids roam free without any structure just enriching habitat. It's the only way to ethically do it.
Ok perhaps I should add that when you inoculate the wood it hold WAY MORE water & then actually creates water as it inoculates the mass. I don't think grasses with grow as easily through it if it is inoculated.
They are an opportunity to stack functions: inoculate the wood chips as you put them in with soaked layers of cardboard or paper with the substrate between them & then the woodchips on top. I put edible fungi in places, so I don't miss them: they're already in the path!
Mike Cantrell wrote:For me and my wife-and-three, I think you'd sum up the subjective feeling as, just do things the hard way.
That seems to form the most effective decision-making criterion for us.
For example, this summer, my chimney leaked and ruined the wall behind the woodstove. I put this roof on, but I've never taken a piece of the roof off and replaced it. I've never built a chimney flashing. I've only done a tiny bit of drywall work. I've never installed rockwool insulation. This was intimidating, and the easy route would have been to hire somebody. But we don't do that. We do things the hard way.
So I tackled it. It was hard and it was stressful, but now I've reset a standing-seam roof, now I've built a chimney flashing, now I've done more drywall than before, now I've installed some rockwool, and before this is all the way done, I will have built a beautiful sheetmetal heat shield behind the stove.
That's what works for me. Whenever I face something where there's an easy way and a hard way, I mostly do it the hard way. It stretches me, and I gather up skills, one little piece at a time. The kids see me and copy it. They do things the hard way, too. They're not old enough to be on roofs, but my daughter does have a decent little egg business. She saved up birthday money and bought some hens. She borrowed money from us for feed, and promptly paid it off once the hens started laying. Now she's setting aside $30/week or so (which is real decent money for age 8, if you ask me).
So, as far as a practical approach, how exactly do you DO it, learning life skills... that's how we do it. When we have a choice, we do it the hard way.
I quoted the whole thing because it needed to be reposted this is the truth. If we are not ready to try, we will find it very difficult to move forward & when the opportunity does come to learn from a great teacher, we will not have prepared ourselves to learn from them & we will only be able to learn from their derivatives as scaffolding to the original lessons which can sometimes turn into a game of telephone.
If you have no $, then permaculture is ideal. It's the way you get by without money! It's been the way I've been able to save & acquire things in my life & how I've built my entire business from scratch.
It is easy & safe to be told what to do, but it is not ideal for the mind or spirit of human beings - we do not reach our greatest expressions of humanity through being told what to do. We do not inspire others by following orders. We will not change the world by doing what public ed has taught or using their patterns. They've wrought the world that is failing.
I've been trying to encourage Erica & Ernie to create materials for kids - they are both superbly adept and experienced at working with kids though you wouldn't know it from their online presence (usually - this post is revealing). Here's hoping for a book or series from them in the future!
Thanks Tracy! There are a number of ways that folks are helping:
Kaswanga Permaculture Club was donated my online course & curriculum
Seth Peterson's work in Haiti with Daily Acts is going to include some form of my curriculum (we may need to make a translation or a focused version)
James Castillo's BackPacksRecovery relief aid in the Philippines (we created a focused version for them)
You can donate my course to a family or neighborhood in need: http://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/shop/thepermaculturestudentonline You can donate my books:http://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/shop/the-permaculture-student-1-textbook-workbook-2-books
You will be able to donate a class set soon (there's over 10 schools using my books so far!!)
Once we are more established I'll create a solid NPO that I fund through my business that will focus on spreading permaculture-focused materials, translations & multimedia all over the world.
- a 50w camping gassifier that costs less than $100 to make (Troy Martz is working with me on this one)*
- cardboard inoculation with oyster mushrooms
- water kefir powered vehicles (my son's idea )*
- butchering & quartering & preserving a pig with salt
- genetics beyond Mendelian conceptions
- plant breeding
- tree grafting
- rooting cuttings
- growing a food forest & monitoring & recording its environmentally moderating effects
Everything on here is in my course & books unless it has an *
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