Permaculture Design Course with Marina O'Connell and Bob Mehew Sept 2021 - Feb 2022

(PDC) Permaculture Design Course
Summary information

The Apricot Centre Permaculture Design Course is a part-time, non-residential course that takes place over 6 weekends between September 2019 - February 2020 making it perfect for those wishing to study whilst working or have family commitments.

The course runs in bite size chunks so that you can digest the information, and self-study between the sessions. The course is unique in that is based at Huxhams Cross Farm which is in conversion to biodynamic status, it is a demonstration permaculture site and a rare example of farm scale permaculture in action. This enables us to show practical examples of permaculture on site as well as visiting other permaculture designed sites in South Devon.

Our Permaculture Design Course uses creative and practical teaching methods to enable you to develop and experience the principles and practices of permaculture design, with emphasis on guiding you to design in groups and individually with support from your tutors. This structure equips you with the skills go on to design and implement your own larger farms, smallholdings, community gardens or even your back garden.

The 12 day course covers: · Permaculture principles and ethics · Renewable energy and sustainable building · Simple vegetable growing and fruit growing . Soil management and fertility · Forest gardening · Simple livestock management · Transition movement · Design skills · Visits to inspirational sites

The course is run by Marina O'Connell and Bob Mehew, directors of the Apricot Centre. Bob is a project manager and has project managed the development of the new Huxhams Cross farm, he is an expert at using permaculture design for projects and business development. Marina O’Connell is a horticulturist, permaculture designer, tutor and a biodynamic farmer. She has over 30 years of experience of training and growing in sustainable food systems.

Booking and further information
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Contact address: 
Huxhams Cross Farm
Contact name: 
Rachel Phillips
Dates and times
More dates and times information: 
Dates of the Course 9am - 5pm 11th and 12th September 2021 9th and 10th October 2021 13th and 14th November 2021 11th and 12th December 2021 8th and 9th January 2022 12th and 13th February 2022
11 September 2021
Bob Mehew
Venue information
Apricot Centre
Huxhams Cross Farm, Rattery Road
United Kingdom
Apprentice Teachers
Teacher apprentices: 
No apprentice teacher places available on this course.

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