I’ve decided to keep going with this permaculture journey by signing up for a Certificate III in Permaculture which is a nationally accredited course. I’m not specifically chasing the piece of paper but it might come in handy down the track depending on what I end up doing. As I understand it, it’s a very hands-on course and builds on and puts into practice all the things we’ve only touched on in the PDC.
The PDC has been great so far but I still feel far from confident from doing a permaculture design over a property from scratch and that’s what I’m really chasing at this point. The knowledge and skills to be able to confidently walk onto a “blank canvas” property, whether that’s an urban block or a rural acreage, and design a truly sustainable, efficient working property which includes:
- house (passive solar design)
- garden (orchard / vegetables / compost / food forest)
- animals (worms / poultry…no Jeff, we are not getting a cow!)
- water capture (tanks / dam)
- waste treatment (greywater / blackwater)
- energy production (solar panels/wind turbine)
- Provide information of integrated plant and animal systems
- Maintain an integrated plant and animal system.
- Undertake a site assessment
- Sample soils and analyse results
- Undertake sampling and testing of water
- Research and share information on a Permaculture project
- Plan organic garden and orchard systems.
- Establish a rural permaculture system OR Establish an urban permaculture system.
- Install and maintain water systems in permaculture systems.
- Install structures for permaculture systems.
- Read and interpret property maps and plans.
- Implement property improvement, construction or repair.
- Monitor weather conditions.
- Control Plant Pests, diseases and disorders.
(Choose any ONE out of the following selection)
- Co-ordinate a permaculture crop regulation program.
- Co-ordinate the use of weedy plants in a system.
- Carry out animal care and maintenance.
- Co-ordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products.
- Co-ordinate community projects.