Permaculture Classes at Cherry Glen

Slow Food Des Moines board members Sue and Ray Meylor are hosting a series of Permaculture classes over the next several weeks. Permaculture is the development of agricultural ecosystems which are intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

permaculture-news-geometric-what-is-permaculture-900x900Taught by Jeff Reiland of Abundant Design Iowa, the classes are on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 pm at Cherry Glen Learning Farm, 3989 NW 94th Ave., Polk City, IA.

Class Schedule
Session  1,  February 9,  Permaculture Ethics, Principles & Observation
Session 2, February  16,  Site Assessment & Energy Flow
Session 3, February 23, Plant Propagation Techniques
Session 4, March 16, Contours, Earthworks & Water Catchment
Session 5, March 23, Site Prep, Building Soil & Sheet Mulch
Session 6, March 30, Design Presentations & Discussions

The first sessions will show how to integrate Permaculture principles and techniques into class participants’ properties.  Attendees will design a plan incorporating what they have learned, and will establish a plant collection they can use to launch their own landscapes.

The second series of classes will be hands-on workshops determining contours, installing earthworks and planting site preparation.

In the final session, students will show and discuss the landscape plans they have created.

Series Fee:  Individual $249,  Individual + spouse $299
Materials Fee $49 + tax per attendee
Contact Abundant Design Iowa  for online registration; call: 515-681-4937, or email to

Folks can attend a single class for $65 + tax (materials fee may also apply). Please contact Abundant Design for details.

Image credit: Permaculture news dot org

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