Posts Tagged ‘forest gardening’

Want to talk in person about your placemaking applications? Have special requests or questions? This Thursday there’s a placemaking office hours at City Repair’s office: 840 SE Alder St, PDX from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Facebook event page here.



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​Interested in community building and neighborhood art? Like what you’ve seen at PRI and want some of that in your community?

Placemaking applications for City Repair‘s help in creating intersection repairs, earthen buildings, and permaculture gardens are due January 14th. For more info and applications​ go to​: ​http://www.cityrepair.org/become-a-placemaker/
or contact 

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The Planet Repair Institute is pleased to announce our 3rd annual Urban Permaculture Design Course 2013 in Portland OR this summer!PDC 2013 - Poster

Our course is embedded the neighborhood of Sellwood, where we grapple with urban transformation in a real context dealing with real people and social dynamics, challenges, and opportunities! Each session we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation and ‘block repair’. 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. 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.

We will be hosting many of our bioregion’s top instructors of ecological design who will cover a wide variety of topics, including soil remediation, water harvesting, food systems and forest gardening, natural building techniques, urban ecology and foraging, plant propagation and grafting techniques, small scale energy systems, climate change resilience strategies, ecological patterning, community mapping, drawing and graphing techniques, and collaborative design methods. However, our course is not limited to the classroom and theoretical learning – we will be spending lots time outside applying our knowledge, learning from hands-on techniques, and actively implementing systems that will have an immediate direct impact on the neighborhood and on the planet!

Costs and Dates

The course takes place over eight weekends between June and October:

June 22-23                    July 6-7

    July 20-21                             August 10-11

August 31-September 1                                 September 14-15

October 5-6                                   October 12

Cost of the course is $650-800 sliding scale, which includes a delicious lunch during each class.

Download a Registration Form.

Early Bird Special – Register before the end of the Village Building Convergence (June 2nd) and receive a $50 discount.

Scholarships – For those of low-income wanting to inquire about scholarship opportunities, please contact us at planetrepair@riseup.net for more details.


Here’s another testimonial from a participant of last year’s PDC:

*I was blessed to be initiated into the world of urban permaculture through
the Planet Repair Institute’s Urban PDC! The course brilliantly integrates
permaculture design theory with heartfelt community action, empowering each
student to take a leading role in transforming the urban landscape into a
resilient, ecologically vibrant space. Each weekend, we rolled up our
sleeves to design urban food forests across city blocks, re-invent old
industrial zones with new edible landscaping, and co-create sustainable
neighborhood meeting places. Along with a dynamic team of guest teachers,
Mighk and Mark brought an outstanding breadth of experience, depth, and
humor to the class. And the local, organic meals were delicious! Today, I
am applying so much of what I learned in my own community, and look forward
to expanding my knowledge of urban permaculture over time. Thank you PRI
for this transformative experience, I am eternally grateful!*

– Emily Wood

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