PDC Topics

What is permaculture?
Permaculture history, ethics and principles.
Palestine—cultural overview, history, land use history. Traditional agriculture—what we can learn from the ancestors.
Climate change.
Reading the landscape.
Site analysis.
Patterns in nature and their application to design.
Zones and sectors
Microclimate

Water:
Water harvesting: swales, ponds, keyline
A-frames and bunyips—finding contour
Rain catchment and storage
Graywater
Sewage solutions—black water treatment, rock and reed beds, living machines, compost toilets

Soil:
Soil structure and biology
Soil building
Compost
Compost tea
Sheet mulch
Cover crops and green manures
Soil, water and carbon cycles
Bioremediation of soil and water
Mycoremediation and mushrooms
Rotational grazing and keyline

Plants:
Plant guilds
Polycultures
Seed saving
Food forests
Orchard planning and tree care
Trees and sustainable forestry, woodland management
Coppice and pollarding
Wind breaks

Animals in the system:
Bees and beekeeping
Chickens and poultry
Sheep and goats—holistic management grazing systems
Aquaponics

Energy systems:
Energy conservation
Alternative energy—renewables
Solar—passive, active, hot water
Wind
Savonius rotor systems
Rocket and masonry stoves

Natural Building:
Traditions of the Middle East
Cob, adobe, mudbrick, strawclay

Group dynamics and decision-making:
Conflict transformation
Way of council
Open space
World cafe

Economics:
Money, debt and true wealth
Alternative currencies
Crowd funding
Microlending

Organizing for a permacultural vision:
Bioregionalism

Design:
Mapping
Site assessment
Design process and tools
Design project and presentation

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