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Permaculture Design Certificate: Jan 2013
Permaculture Design Certificate: Jan 2013
Jan 6 2013 - Jan 19 2013  9:00am - 5:00pm
Milkwood Farm (1) - Mudgee
Permaculture Design Certificate


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Join Nick Ritar with special guest Floyd Chris Constable and others for an amazing two weeks of permaculture theory, practical workshops, site visits and intensive design exercises exploring permaculture at Milkwood Permaculture Farm

Our PDC graduates leave our courses ready to design and implement permaculture principles into a wide range of scenarios; from urban permaculture systems to small farms and community projects.


Permaculture is set of principles that result in sustainable and productive systems. Systems for living, architecture, food production, land management and community.

No chemicals and no excuses. Just good, thoughtful, innovative and effective design for the needs of our species.


During this PDC, examples of designing for energy conservation, food production systems, nutrient cycling and more will all be addressed with a combination of rural and urban examples.

We also blend into our established and certified curriculum new material from a range of other world-leading thinkers and activators on subjects like transition, food security, regenerative agriculture, urban water harvesting and many more.

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Our PDC curriculum includes the following:

Permaculture principles and ethics
•    Permaculture design for urban and rural situations
•    Creating a balanced soil food web
•    Pattern Understanding
•    Designing water into landscape
•    Passive water harvesting and drought-proofing
•    Intensive annual and perennial food and animal systems
•    Orchard and food forest design
•    System planning + integration
•    Design for different biospheres: tropics / drylands / cool climates
•    Appropriate technologies for future communities
•    Trees, water and energy cycling
•    Strategies for building healthy, resilient communities

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This PDC will be taught in combination within both a classroom and a working permaculture farm environment, with lots of hands-on components. The class size for this course is limited to ensure quality learning outcomes for everyone, and students emerge as accredited Permaculture Designers.

You will emerge from this course confident and ready to tackle a range of permaculture design scenarios, with a strong toolbox of resources and a team of fellow alumni.

Course hours are 9am - 5pm each day with a day off on the middle Saturday. Outside course hours there's optional hands-on workshops, farm tours, and the opportunity to participate with on-farm chores.

About the teachers:

Nick Ritar is a permaculture designer, consultant and educator who works extensively across a wide range of bioregions, farms, watersheds and city environments. He is recognized nationally as a leading advocate on how permaculture principles can contribute to food security through good design and regenerative farming and living.

Nick divides his time between extensive permaculture teaching, permaculture consultancy, writing and farming in central western NSW. Nick's full profile.


Floyd Chris Constable is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher whose most recent appointment was permaculturalist-in-residence at Soneva Kiri by Six Senses  in Thailand, which included establishing tropical market gardens and extensive aquaponics systems.

Floyd has worked in many parts of Australia with indigenous and local communities to design and actualise resilient food systems. Floyd is now designing and establishing a range of integrated small-farm animal systems to build the fertility, diversity and food production capacity of Milkwood Farm

Booking into the course

You can pay for your course below with your credit card, or get in contact with us to arrange payment by credit card, cheque or direct deposit.

Please ensure you read our refund policy. As part of our Fair Share policy, we provide pensioner, couples and unwaged discounts where needed. Please get in touch for more information.

Included in your course fee:

PDMThe course text Permaculture: A Designers Manual (RRP $120) is included in your course fee. We also make available our extensive library of Permaculture and associated texts.

Your course fee also includes extensive take-home resources on all subjects covered in this course, as well as our ongoing advice and assistance in questions that might arise beyond the course completion.

Your course fee is all-inclusive for the duration of your stay at Milkwood Farm, including full organic catering for 14 days, and camping on-site (BYO camping gear). Meals are organic country cooking with omnivore or vegetarian options, with a high ratio of yummy organic produce coming from Milkwood Farm itself. See our Staying at Milkwood page for full info on accommodation and facilities.

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Milkwood Farm PDC grads, class of November 2011

So if you're passionately curious about how to start making a difference in your community and designing an abundant place to live, please join us!

Some resources to get you thinking:

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Milkwood Farm (1)
Milkwood Farm (1)
1466 Campbells Creek Road
Country: au


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Milkwood is a small organic family farm near Mudgee in Central Western NSW. A Permaculture Demonstration Farm currently under development, Milkwood features extensive permaculture earthworks and water-harvesting features, our amazing passive-solar cottage, food-forests in the making, seedball production and many other examples of sustainable and regenerative best-practice for farming and living.

Our courses are held in our family's woolshed with beautiful views of Campbells Creek Valley and our organic farm cooking is such that students often joke about moving in permanently.

Getting here

Mudgee is an easy 4 hours by car or 40 minutes by air from Sydney, and is serviced by Countrylink Rail and Mudgee Airport. See our Getting to Milkwood page for a map and full details on getting here by plane, train or automobile.


- For this course, we offer the option to stay at Milkwood Farm in our creekside camping area as part of your course cost. This option includes dinner, breakfast and use of all amenities, and is BYO camping gear. See our Staying at Milkwood page for more details on what we provide.

Or, if you're not up for camping, we suggest...

- Staying at Bushlands Holiday Park in Windeyer, 15 minutes up the road. Bushlands has a range of cabin and camping options, and the Windeyer Pub, located right next door, does counter meals some nights of the week.

- BaMack Homestead B&B is 20 minutes up the road from Milkwood Farm. They have special rates for Milkwood students, so mention us when you book: 02 6373 8312.

- Stay further afield in Mudgee, which has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Mudgee Tourism Website.

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Reading List

Prior to attending your course, you might like to take a look at our ever-expanding reading list,a bunch of recommended and practical texts on Permaculture, sustainable agriculture and community resilience.

None of these texts are pre-requisite for our courses, we just like to be able to provide suggestions on background reading, in case you're champing at the bit to get going.

"Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments."
Bill Mollison
co-founder of permaculture
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