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Monday and Tuesday, April 17th-18th from 9am-12pm

"Patterns in Nature in Permaculture and Biomimicry" seminar by Marian Farrior

John A. Day Gallery/Garden.  

Registration for both events



Limit 20 per session. 

Introduction to Permaculture and Patterns in Nature Workshop

April 17, 2023  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This interactive workshop will be a quick introduction to permaculture principles and techniques, including patterns in nature. Students will learn the basics of how permaculture principles are applied to designing food systems. We will also look at some key patterns in nature and how they can applied to garden designs.

Topics covered:

Brief introduction about permaculture – a design process that uses ecological principles to create healthy and resilient food systems and communities

Ecological principles and how they relate to permaculture principles

Examples of permaculture techniques for temperate zone climate

Functions of key patterns – sphere, hexagon, spiral, branching and fractals, waves, vortex, etc.

Examples of how these patterns and forms occur in nature, are used in permaculture garden designs



Permaculture Design Charettes for the Campus Garden

April 18, 2023 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This interactive workshop will apply permaculture principles and patterns in nature in design charettes. A charette is a participatory planning process that focuses on solutions to a specific goal or problem. Our charettes will focus on: 

                Food production 

                Fruit production

                Aesthetics, education, pathways 

                Water conservation 

                Herbs for wellness

Students will work in small group charettes to create prototype designs for the campus garden. Students will also learn how to build a sheet mulch garden and what is a plant guild.

Topics covered:

How to use permaculture principles and patterns in nature in design

Plant selection, needs and yield of plants

How to make a sheet mulch garden

Thank you to the following who gave generously of their time, talent, and treasure:

University Galleries, Department of Sustainability & Environment, Department of Biology

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