Design of agriculturally productive environments that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of the natural biosphere to harmoniously integrate landscape and people. Prerequisite: PSS 010 or PSS 021 or BIOL 002 or NR 103 or BCOR 012 or BCOR 102 or other basic ecology course or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ENVS 156.
Dates: June 20 - July 14, 2023; Cross listed with ENVS 156 OL1; online asynchronous course.
Permaculture is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to creating sustainable landscapes and human settlements. It strives to create agriculturally productive environments that have the diversity, stability, and resiliency of the natural biosphere while harmoniously integrating people and landscapes. As an interdisciplinary design method, permaculture is rooted in horticulture and agriculture, but also spans into regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture, and international development. This introductory permaculture course explores the fundamentals of permaculture science and design. Throughout the course, students will work individually to create a permaculture design plan for a site of their choosing. This course is part of a pilot program that will be using Brightspace, UVM's new learning platform that's replacing Blackboard. Since only a limited number of courses will be piloting Brightspace this summer, you may have courses in Blackboard as well. For more information on Brightspace: go.uvm.edu/brightspace-pilot
The course is comprised of 12 self-paced online learning modules, covering the following topics: Ethics & Principles, The Garden as an Ecosystem, The Design Process, Soil Building, Water Management, Plants of Many Uses, Habitat Restoration, Polycultures & Guilds, Food Forests, Urban Permaculture, Structure & Greenhouses, and Social Equity. Each module includes assigned reading, a video-recorded lecture, supplemental videos, a journal/design prompt and an open-book content quiz. Students will be expected to complete three modules per week during the four-week summer session. Students will also complete a permaculture design plan for their own site or an assigned site.
Grades are based on journal/design prompts, open-book content quizzes, and a final design project.
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