Permaculture Certification Course at D-Acres: Early eadline ends March 15th


Internationally recognized 72 hour design course instructed by Steve Whitman, Chris Skoglund, Molly Messenger, Josh Arnold, Dave Wichland, Bryan Felice, Marylena Sevigney & Josh Trought

This curriculum based course introduces the ethics, principles and practices of permaculture. This course is designed to maximize practical learning by following the annual flow of the seasons. Participants will gain exposure to the rthymn of the seasons and activities at the farm from planting to harvest & preservation. The course culminates with a permaculture design presented by each student for a location of their choice.

This course is especially useful for homeowners, planners, design professionals, community organizers, farmers, and gardeners. It is adapted to a wide variety of learning styles and is presented via lecture, images, video, group discussion, hands on experiences, exercises, and design projects. Throughout the course each student will be working on a design project for their own property. The course will meet on Saturday and Sunday of the identified weekends, and tuition includes 4 nourishing organic meals and simple accommodations for one night each weekend.

Course graduates will receive a Permaculture design certificate.

If you are working toward a sustainable future and want practical tools and applicable methodologies, then this course is for you!

Topics covered will include:
· Permaculture ethics and principles
· The Design Process
· Food and Energy Security
· Natural Systems and biodiversity
· Site Analysis and assessment
· Backyard Gardening and Sustainable Agriculture
· Natural Building and Appropriate Technology
· Sustainable Forestry and Creating Food Forests
· Animals in the Permaculture System
· Solar Greenhouse Design
· Village Design and local economics
· Preserving the Harvest
· Holistic Orcharding
+ A Design Project for your site!

The course is primarily taught at D Acres although there are occasional field trips to specific sites in the area.
Camping and indoor overnight accommodations are available.

Course starts in May and meets one weekend each month for 7 months with the July Northeast Permaculture Convergence optional. The weekends of the course are:
· May 16-17
· June 13-14
· August 15-16
· August 22 – NH Permaculture Gathering at Inheritance Farm (highly recommended, but course fee does not include registration to this event.)
· September 26-27
· October 24-25
· November 14-15

Tuition: Full payment is due with registration
Includes Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday breakfast & lunch as well as overnite accommodations.
$1,200.00 course fee if registered by 3/15/15

$1,250.00 after 4/15/15

$100.00 cancellation fee until 4/1/14, no refunds after 4/15/14

Registration Form for 2015 Design Class

For More Information:
Contact D Acres or call Steve at 603-381-1798 or email

The Instructors:

Bryan Felice is a natural builder and permaculture educator. He was first introduced to permaculture at the Institute for Social Ecology with an Orchard Design focus. He apprenticed at the Heartwood School in timber framing and later founded Undustrial Timber Frames, LLC which has pioneered high performing natural design and construction throughout New Hampshire since 2006. He got his PDC at D Acres in 2010 and has since taught Permaculture at D Acres, Orchard Hill & a variety of farms and community organizations. Bryan is also an adjunct professor at Plymouth State university and Colby-Sawyer College. Bryan has served on the Board of Directors at D Acres since 2012 and wa sa founding Board member of Mountain Village Charter School, a tuition free nature-based Montessori elementary school in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He is also the father of 2 daughters who he is teaching to weed gardens, sharpen chisels and enjoy good food with good people as often as possible.

Josh Trought & staff comprise the D Acres teaching cadre. We provide hands-on practical systems study & implementation of rural farm & community scale permaculture.

Steven Whitman is a professional planner and educator based in New Hampshire and his work is focused largely on community planning and sustainability issues. Steve is a certified permaculture teacher, and is also an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth Sate University and Colby Sawyer College. Steve frequently teaches courses in the US and internationally in environmental planning, community planning, permaculture, natural building and sustainability. Steve lives in Plymouth, NH and participates in a wide range of greassroots efforts that promote community resilience.

David Wichland is a St. Michael’s college Eco-tourism undergraduate. Naturalist- Mtn guide, certified permaculturalist!  I became very interested in the pursuit of agroforestry in 1998 discovered the power of mycology in the whole of  this model and been studying an experimenting since then. I teach permaculture design with a mycological twist at nature centers, schools, garden clubs and to individuals as a consulatant. Grow fresh mushrooms, mushrooms spawn,and experiment with growing mycelia in agroforestry and gardens.  Also spend my time as a carpenter, husband an father of  3 children!

Josh Arnold and Molly Messenger are community organizers based in Ossipee, New Hampshire.  Molly directs Pittsfield Listens, working with youth and adults across diverse perspectives and backgrounds to help impact the future of Pittsfield, NH.  Recent projects have focused on the redesign of the public middle-high school to shift to an approach called student-centered learning.  Josh directs Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.).  Through G.A.L.A., he organizes a monthly “re-skill-ience” workshops, contra dances, study circles, and a sustainable home and yard makeover service known as Sustain-A-Raisers. Josh and Molly live in a former Grange Hall that they are- bit by bit- bringing back to life, in a slow solutions sort of way. They find a lot of joy exploring the relationships between permaculture, mindfulness, social justice, nonviolence, and historic preservation. The idea of ‘social permaculture’ resonates in their learning and lifestyle.  Their morning smoothies are often pedal powered.

Chris Skoglund is an Energy and Climate Analyst with the NH Department of Environmental Services. He has a background in education, environmental science, and energy policy. He is primarily engaged in strategic planning and the management of special projects related to climate change mitigation and adaptation including the development of the NH Climate Action Plan. Currently, he is leading an effort within DES to incorporate considerations of the causes and impacts of climate change across all of the Department’s programs and activities and is supporting efforts to pursue a similar process within other NH state agencies and among the New England states. He received his PDC in 2014 at DAcres in NH and during his free time, he can be found playing dress-up with his two daughters or replacing his landscaping and lawn with vegetable gardens and a diverse perennial polyculture.

Marylena Sevigney has pretty much always lived on the outskirts, never really fitting in, to one category. Not being a fan of labels anyway, she’s inspired by exploring the unexpected meanderings of the edges, where combinations of life’s variety are most interesting. Permaculture principles, such as “design in the edges” provide a comfortable framework where Marylena uses her diverse skills to draw, design, make, think and teach. Her roots reside in woodworking, designing furniture, and creating sculpture. But her mediums range to fiber, paper, and computer software, as well as the land and living material. She is a NH Master Gardener, has completed her PDC and PDC Teacher Certification at DAcres where she is also a board member. She teaches art and technology courses at Plymouth State University and lives with her family in Holderness.  In her spare time she enjoys sharing her experiments on Most recently, she had the honor of depicting the land of DAcres in illustrations for “The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm” by Josh Trought, due out in April of 2015.

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