Usually one must drive up to Occidental Arts & Ecology Center or down to Quail Springs Permaculture Farm to get world-class training in permaculture principles. Thanks to Four Elements Organic Farm, you will be able to earn a Permaculture Design Certificate right here on the Central Coast. Four Elements will be hosting an Earthflow Permaculture Design Certificate Course, September 2nd through 15th at the farm, located west of Atascadero. The teaching team will be led by Larry Santoyo, founder of Earthflow Design Works and one of the leaders in the world-wide sustainability movement, and includes Toby Hemmingway, author of Gaia’s Garden, Brock Dolman, watershed ecology expert from Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, John Valenzuela, Chair of California Rare Fruit Growers, Golden Gate Chapter and Scott Pittman, President of the Permaculture Institute. The course will include:
- Training in earthcare and an in-depth look at the natural world and natural patterns
- Learning about innovative techniques to solve local and global issues of food, water, shelter and energy
- Hands-on training on facets of sustainable farming and gardening and construction of a cob oven
- Learning patterns and principles applied to EcoVillage Design and Economic Development
“Four Elements Organic Farm is delighted to host this course and bring the community together to give local people the skills and knowledge they need to apply permaculture design principles here at home,” says Matt Finkelstein, Farm Manager at Four Elements. Matt was a 2012 CCBioneers workshop speaker on farming as an occupational choice for young people. “There is an urgency to propel permaculture concepts and embrace them in our lives for the planet’s sake,” says Matt.”But it’s not all serious,“ “this work is very fun and engaging.” To register contact Matt Finkelstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 999-4419.