Registration is open

Registration is open for Minnesota’s urban-based, social justice-focused Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course.

Saturdays and Sundays May- July 2019

This 4th annual course includes 72 hours of standard Mollison PDC course work, with an emphasis on practical urban systems and a focus on social design in our work. As facilitators of the Twin Cities’ longest-running PDC course, we are constantly tweaking and expanding our curriculum.

Spread out over  5 weekends, the course blends classroom and experiential learning by partnering with local sites currently implementing permaculture systems. Students have the chance to get hands-on practice and see living examples of permaculture, and learn from people putting the principles and ethics into action int their work, including places like Open Arms Farm, and projects like Renaissance Soil and Backyard Fungi.

We offer a “pay what you can” fee structure and payment plans and work trade options can be negotiated. We also love to barter. We want the PDC to be as accessible as possible; if you have questions about pricing and payment options, just email and ask!

Our team has a combined 5+ decades of experience in the fields of permaculture, social and environmental justice, homesteading, and community organizing, and we’ve led or taught at over 20 PDC courses in the US and around the world.

Some of this years confirmed presenters include Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen, Dan Halsey, Ryan Franke, Kassanadra Brown, Betsy Rasch-Gilman, and more

Lead Facilitator Rob Czernik has been involved in urban farming and social justice movements for over 20 years, and brings a unique perspective and diverse network of folks together for this unique Twin Cities Urban based PDC. He recently completed his second Teacher Training with Jude Hobbs

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to be introduced to the possibility of permaculture as a tool for social and personal transformation. Big River’s Urban PDC brought together the practical and the visionary, the innovative and the inspirational. Recommended for anyone who wants to enact change for the greater good.”- CW

Registration is open, with a “pay what you can” fee structure. Payment plans and work trade options can be negotiated, and we have a few partial scholarships available.