The Art Of Permaculture
Join us for this 8 week course diving into the ways of permaculture!
Creating sustainable systems – the heart of permaculture, or “permanent agriculture” – might just be the thing that can restore our planet.
Permaculture is a concept that helps people understand human-to-earth connection and create eco-friendly systems in our everyday lives.
When we take the time to educate our children the ways of conservation and regeneration, they begin to understand that their actions impact the
future - future generations to come and the future of earth.
When we inform and engage children in a creative way, with important information early on, they’re more likely to use it to inform their habits later on in life.
Weeks 1-2: Waste management with the 3 R's, and The Art of Compost + Living Soil- In these first weeks, we learn about where our waste/trash goes and how we can lessen our waste by learning and implementing the 3 R's, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The students will be encourages to create mini landfills that replicate a real and active landfill, and the students will observe the breakdown of organic matter and inorganic matter over the next few weeks. We then jump into learning about compost, and living soil. Students will learn how to begin a compost by making their own small compost. The students will learn what waste to add into the compost to keep it healthy and active, the stages it goes through to breakdown organic matter, and how to use the compost. Compost attracts worms and microorganisms that are good for soil and plants. These organisms break down matter, improve soil structure, and help create a fertile environment for plants.
Weeks 3-4: Worms and Garden Friends - In these next weeks we will learn about worms, the benefits of worms and how we can use them to feed our plants and soil. The students will handle real and living red wriggler worms and what they need to thrive! In the following week, we will learn all about garden friends, and how we can use them for helping to keep pests, bugs away from fruiting plants. Bugs and insects such as, pollenating helpers, like butterflies and bees, and ladybugs to eat the "bad" bugs, keeping our plants thriving. The students will have hands on learning experiences tied in.
Weeks 5-6: Propagating, Transplanting and Growing Food - Growing our food, teaches us where and how our food comes from. In these next weeks, we focus on starting up a garden, through the means of direct sewing seeds, propagating, and transplanting. The students will plant their own box of microgreens and learn of all the health benefits that these tiny greens provide. By growing their own microgreens, the student will withness and observe the life clycle of the seeds and greens. These greens grow within 10-12 days until harvest! We will learn and do activities that invovle propagating plants also! Be prepared to have your student come home with plant babies.
Weeks 7-8: Companion Planting How to Harvest Rain Water and Purify Water To Drink - In these last weeks, we will learn about compainion planting. The stdent will have been well informed with how to start a garden - from having a healthy and iving soil, the way to plant plants, helpful bugs + insects. We will focus on the beautiful organic method of companion planting - planting plants that enhance each other and protect each other. Planting a basil plant under a tomato plant helps to repel bad insects from harming the tomato plant! We will have hands on activities to learning this science. We finish up the week, learning how to harvest rain water and how to purify water to drink!
All payments must be paid in full by the first day of class.