The Planet Repair Institute is pleased to announce our 4th annual Urban Permaculture Design Course 2014 in Portland OR this summer!
Our course is based at two locations in SE Portland. Our primary class location will be at the planet Repair Institute in the neighborhood of Sellwood, where we grapple with urban transformation in a real context dealing with real people and social dynamics, challenges, and opportunities. We will also be meeting at Jeans Farm alongside Johnson Creek, where the Learning Gardens Institute, Mother Earth School and Rising Stone CSA collaborate on running a farm and forest-based school program.
At each session we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation (‘block repair’) and urban farming, food systems and related educational functions of each. We consider simple no-cost or low-cost interventions and small scale intensive systems that any neighborhood could implement in order to help transition our urban spaces into thriving social ecologies, and urban land into productive learning centers. Blending the whole system design methods of permaculture with the urban reclamation techniques of block repair, we explore opportunities to reclaim the commons, activate underutilized spaces, integrate water management and energy systems, take down fences, create vibrant perennial food systems, and localize our economic relations.