Permaculture Resource List

Compiled by Elizabeth Lynch, Troy Hottle, and Juliette Jones

Pc Communities, on-line or other

Pittsburgh-local Resources

Pittsburgh Permaculture’s Resources
  • What is Permaculture? – A brief description of permaculture
  • Pittsburgh Hardiness Zones – this article takes a detailed look at the USDA hardiness zones and the updated Arbor Day Foundation map
  • Patterns and Design – a discussion about the pervasive patterns of nature and how they might be integrated in our designs
  • Fruit Tree Guild - this page describes a permaculture design we installed at the Edgerton Avenue site in Point Breeze
  • Permaculture Pond – a description of a pond install that is designed to function without pumps or filters while providing a beautiful, productive habitat
  • Grape Vine Awning – a page explaining the placement of a grapevine on the south side of the home to help reduce energy costs
  • Vegetable Seed Starting – color coded charts to help you time your vegetable starts
  • Actively Aerated Compost Tea – a guide to making your own compost tea and constructing a cheap yet effective brewer
  • Grafting at Home – an article explaining the theory of grafting fruit trees and how to do it with what you already have at home
  • Stackable Worm Bin How-to – a picture guide to making your own stackable worm composting bin using 5 gallon buckets
  • Addressing Concerns about Worms – a discussion about the recent concerns surrounding invasive worms and the relative risk they pose

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Regenerating Pittsburgh from the Ground Up, Weekend Workshop

Saturday-Sunday Workshop:

Principles and Practices of Regenerative Design

With Dave Jacke and up-and-coming permaculture teachers from around the region.

Click here to Register

9 AM – 4:30 PM, Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st

Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA  (Please note, this location is different from the public lecture, which is located at Eddy Theatre on Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus, Pittsburgh, PA.)

Heard enough doom and gloom about the planet-scale destruction we humans are causing (polluted rivers, toxins in our soil and food, climate chaos, etc.)?  Are you ready for tangible, empowering solutions?

There is so much we can do.  But before we jump in, let us heed the words of Einstein: “We cannot solve the significant problems we face at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”  So, are you also ready to embrace a new paradigm, new ways of thinking that will get us out of this mess and help us regenerate our world?

This weekend workshop offers you the experience of a holistic, ecological worldview while you learn multiple practical solutions that model, signify, and demonstrate this paradigm.  Learn the ecological principles that inform an ecological worldview and provide concrete directions for finding solutions to multiple problems with maximum effect for least effort.  These principles apply at all scales, from garden beds to cities to whole regions, and in every realm of human endeavor and beyond.  You’ll have the opportunity to see, hear about, and engage with these principles in large and small groups, applying them to a range of challenges in your neighborhood with people in your community.

When we see the world as a set of isolated and disconnected elements, we can never see, understand, or respond appropriately to the interconnectedness of the natural ecosystems within which we live.  Yet, when we see the world whole, we can create a world that embodies wholeness.  We can, with nature’s help, heal our landscapes, our waterways, our communities, and ourselves.  Please join us!  We welcome you to the adventure.

$150 – $200 sliding scale for individuals.  This includes admittance to the Friday night public lecture.  Scholarships may be available, please inquire.

$125 per person if five or more register together from one neighborhood, organization, or friendship network.  (Please send a check with the total amount along with a list of the names of each participant, their address, email, phone number and the group affiliation to Pittsburgh Permaculture, 5031 Ampere St, Pittsburgh, Pa 15207.)

To register for the weekend workshop visit here.

For more information please email or call Juliette at 412-780-5833.

Regenerating Pittsburgh is a collaboration of Pittsburgh Permaculture, Dynamics Ecological Design, and Wild Meadows Farm.  This weekend event is sponsored by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

This is a reminder… exactly one month until the PDC, register NOW to join us at the Phipps Garden Center!

6 WEEKENDS (January to April 2011):
Jan 29-30; Feb 12-13, 26-27; Mar 12-13, 26-27; Apr 2, 9:00am to 4:30pm

– Earn your internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification!
– Share 6 weekends immersed in a fun, supportive learning environment!
– Increase your understanding of local ecosystems and your confidence in ecological design
– Experience a thorough, on-site, permaculture design from start to finish for a historic landmark
located in an urban setting
– Learn practical skills to nourish your landscape, home, community
– Visit rural and urban examples of permaculture systems
– Empower yourself to create positive, regenerative changes in your life, your landscape, and your

Course Topics:
Permaculture Ethics & Principles
Observation & Ecological Design
Site Analysis & Assessment
Edible Forest Gardens
Water Harvesting
Natural Building
Compost & Soil Building
Greenhouse & Bioshelter Design
Mapping, Surveying, & Presentation
Group Design Projects & Design Charettes
Transition Town Movement

Fee:$770 members, $850 non-members

Lead Instructors:
Darrell Frey of Three Sisters Farm and Bioshelter
Elizabeth Lynch of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Juliette Jones of Pittsburgh Permaculture

For more information or to register, call the Garden Center at (412) 441-4442 ext. 3925. Or visit the Phipps website to download a registration form.

Be your own landscape designer! This intensive weekend course will teach you the secrets of ecological design; learn how to garden like nature! Capture and store water on your site, reducing irrigation costs; build soil and use plants that mulch, reducing your need for artificial fertilizers; and design more sustainable garden systems, reducing your maintenance and maximizing the yield and aesthetics of your property. Visit local examples of permaculture design, use mapping and site analysis tools and complete a guided design project. This course will challenge both beginning designers and experienced gardeners alike.
Permaculture design is rooted in agriculture and horticulture, yet is far reaching and interdisciplinary in nature, making connections to city planning, ecology, architecture, and appropriate technology. This course covers the foundations of ecological design and addresses how these concepts can be applied to both urban and rural settings in order to create regenerative landscapes.