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Time is running out to join members of the international permaculture community for FoodWaterShelter’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course between the 4th to 15th June 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania. With applicants from England to the USA, South Africa to Germany and throughout Africa including Burundi, Uganda, Kenya Ethiopia and of course Tanzania, it is shaping up to be a course built on many varied and interesting experiences. Field trips have been organised to a number of projects and institutes — from an appropriate technology research centre to rabbit and honey production projects. It’s not too late for you to join USA based lecturer Steve Whitman and a team of local teachers for this incredible opportunity to learn the concepts of sustainable living and improved self-reliance.

For $950 (scholarships are available through application for East African based participants) you will receive an internationally recognised certification, the opportunity to visit projects and other NGOs in the Arusha area, gain hands-on experience designing and working on the farms of Kesho Leo, and meet a diverse group of the international community. Full paying students also assist to provide scholarships to East African students who will make up half the class.

Permaculture is a framework for working toward greater sustainability. It uses ecological principles to integrate food and energy production, structures, and community. Its aim is the creation of sustainable human settlements that are harmoniously woven into the environment and that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

Principles of Permaculture underpin the Kesho Leo systems that are working to not only meet the food, water, shelter and energy needs of the Kesho Leo residents, but also to provide community educational opportunities and create income. Through this PDC you’ll learn hands-on from our livestock, organic vegetable gardens and aquaculture ponds, food forests and poultry systems, compost toilets and rainwater systems; all while supporting the promotion of resilience and self reliance within Africa.

Learn from the experts

Steve Whitman is a professional planner and educator focused largely on community planning and sustainability issues. As a university lecturer and a certified permaculture teacher, Steve has taught in the USA, Australia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Iceland, India, Scotland, and Sweden. Steve will be joined through the two week course by a local team of presenters that will include representatives from one of Tanzania’s foremost agricultural institutes, staff of local NGOs and businesses, and foodwatershelter’s own staff and farm workers.

This course is as equally useful for homeowners, design professionals and development workers as it is for farmers and gardeners. It is relevant whether you are based in inner-city Australia, or working the fields of Tanzania. Throughout the course each student will be working on a design project for their own property.

Topics covered through the course will include:

  • Sustainable farming and backyard gardening for self-reliance and excess
  • Composting and other simple techniques for soil management
  • Aquaculture, livestock and poultry care
  • Mushroom production, bees and honey, and simple rocket stoves
  • Compost toilets, biodigesters and sanitation solutions
  • Surface water management and rainwater harvesting
  • Site design and integrated systems
  • Permaculture ethics and principles in design
  • Natural systems and biodiversity
  • Village design, natural building and appropriate technologies

To find out more and to register for the PDC, please open and complete the “registration information” and “additional information” forms in this Word document. If based in East Africa and applying for a scholarship, please complete the “scholarship application” form in the same document.

For good measure, here’s a PDF (870kb) advertisement for the course you can use to help gain interest through your networks.

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