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Be a part of the Permaculture Movement!

What is Permaculture?

permaculture - greenhousePermaculture is a global grassroots movement that builds healthy environments, regenerates the land and empowers communities. It is a sustainable-design approach that mimics patterns in nature to create regenerative edible ecosystems. It applies natural design principles to create resilient systems - providing food, water, shelter and energy needs while building ecology, community and economy.

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Permaculture is an interdisciplinary framework which uses both modern and traditional technologies and focuses on the synergistic relationships between different approaches to find creative solutions through collaboration rather than competition.

In contrast to monoculture farming, permaculturists cultivate perennial-focused multi-layered polycultures of crops that provide ecological services to each other to create biodiverse, climate-resilient and marketable food forests.

Let's learn and grow together to create a sustainable, permanent culture: Permaculture!

Heartwood’s Permaculture Program is a participatory, project-based, research-driven and outwardly focused spiralling curriculum that bridges and applies permaculture teachings, scientific research, and agroecological traditions from around the globe.  

We offer a variety of programs, from 3-hour introductory courses to 7-month long immersion programs in permaculture, culinary, and eco-arts.

Features that make the Heartwood Permaculture Program unique:

Diverse and Internationally Experienced Instructors- In addition to our lead instructors, guest instructors from diverse backgrounds, including permaculture professionals, university researchers, international development specialists and local experts co-teach on campus for 1-3 month fellowships. These experts provide intensive courses to students in their area of expertise, as well as a keystone design project at the end of their fellowship.

On-Farm Research and Permaculture Development Lab- Students are trained to execute, document, and publish (if they so choose) an academic-quality on-farm research experiment in permaculture.  Students have the opportunity to collaborate online with partner projects in East Africa and Europe to develop, research, and package permaculture strategies for use by smallholder farmers and businesses in the developing world.

Digital Permaculture Portfolio- The Heartwood Visual Arts Department will supports students in creating digital permaculture designs.  Students work to create a robust portfolio that gives them a competitive edge in the field of organic farming and permaculture.

Shed Talx- Each student has the opportunity to present and broadcast their research project, business plan, or design in one of Heartwood’s monthly Shed Talx programs, to be broadcast in front of a live audience and on Heartwood’s Shed Talx Youtube channel.

Upcoming programs

Education Center

Building on Heartwood's past reputation and quality educational offerings, our educational center offers programs focused on sustainable living skills, training the next generation of social entrepreneurs, leaders, educators and change-agents.

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Our Learning Circle

We believe that the most effective way to make a difference in the world is by cultivating healthy relationships: Relationship with a place.

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Heartwood Farm

Heartwood Farm produces organic, local, farm-to-table foods, and serves as an outdoor classroom for research and education

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Research and Colaboration

In order to bring forth real solutions that are not only well-meaning but also very practical, we believe more research and development are needed in the fields of regenerative farming, renewable energy,appropriate technologies and social structures.

Let's Collaborate!