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Permaculture in Schools: Increasing Plant Diversity and Learning Opportunities

Date: 5:00pm - 8:00pm PDT April 16, 2014 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, York Graduate Center Room 115

Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems and sustainable habitats which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. Join us to learn permaculture practices specific to schools and school gardens.  

Participants will learn how to create low-maintenance gardens on underutilized school yards including: techniques for diverting waste, creatively repurposing fallow land owned by the public school systems, activating school communities including staff, students and neighbors to initiate and advance ecological stewardship projects. 

This workshop includes hands-on permaculture design, sample designs for “guilds” of plants for maximum yield and sample permaculture curricula for grades K-12 that are aligned with state standards and benchmarks.

Participants will leave the workshop with:

• An overview of permaculture design specific to schools and schoolyards sufficient enough to share basic concepts with their students

• Ideas to increase the yield and diversity of their school garden or a portion of their school’s grounds while decreasing long-term system maintenance

• Resources and contacts to support participant’s efforts to start and maintain permaculture systems on school sites

Part of our 2013-2014 Workshop Series

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Instructor: Sarah Sullivan

Cost: $30, includes 3 CEUs or PDUs

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Credit option: This workshop is part of the Spring 2014 Food & Garden Education Series. Each workshop can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit for an additional $200 after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series. See grey “Related Content” box for links to the other workshops in this series.

About the Instructor

Sarah Sullivan is the Program Coordinator for the Garden of Wonders program at Abernethy Elementary School. Sarah came to Portland in 2007 from Hawaii where she taught landscape and permaculture design and co-founded Hawaii SEED, the now-flourishing statewide coalition promoting sustainable, diverse, local agriculture. Sarah is the former executive director for the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, with extensive experience in organizational management, farming with children, seed saving, grade-school curriculum development, community leadership and fundraising. 

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