Permaculture: Enabling Change for a Regenerative Future

Anita Bakshi (Landscape Architecture)

Permaculture involves creating integrated systems of food production, housing, sustainable technologies, and community development. Originally conceptualized as an approach to creating permanent agriculture, the permaculture movement has developed into a whole systems approach with concepts that can be applied to social, cultural, and economic systems. Permaculturalists today include not only farmers, but also community organizers, social workers, and software developers. Beyond food systems and ecological design, permaculture principles can be used to rethink the built environment, business models, and decision-making processes. Seminar sessions will include: lectures and documentary films about inspiring permaculture projects from around the world; class exercises that will help you feel empowered to make change; and short skill sessions. You will learn to apply small-scale interventions: use cardboard and old newspaper to sheet mulch, calculate rainfall on your roof and find ways to collect it, find healthy wild food and medicine, set up a currency-free barter market, and begin to compost—even if you have only the space under your kitchen sink to do it.

Course Number: 
11:090:101 section 03 index 06256