I wanted to share this free online “Introduction to Permaculture” course offered by NC State University. It’s a high-quality, 40 hour college course taught by Professor Will Hooker that really explains the fundamentals.
Click here to watch the lectures.
The first lecture mostly covers orientation for the live classroom students (introducing themselves, field trip carpooling, etc.). If you want to skip to lecture 2, the main thing you will miss is the professor’s recommended book list (at about the 45 minute mark). You can find all his suggested titles on Toby Hemenway’s reading list. (Toby Hemenway wrote Gaia’s Garden, an excellent book).
I’ve read a lot about permaculture and taken many seminar-style day classes. Still, it’s been helpful to watch the principles laid out with Professor Hooker’s engaging style. I’m definitely more of a visual learner so I appreciate the use of eye-candy garden photos and site tours in his presentations.
The best part for me is that Professor Hooker is teaching from a local perspective. Most of the resources I find are from the west coast, the tropics, and Australia. Permaculture is all about working within the system you live in, so it’s great to have a firsthand account of what succeeds in this area.
Due to life (which included a hefty dose of the chickens circumventing their fencing again) our garden began to deteriorate rapidly in August of last year. It then proceeded to be distinctly uninspiring to write about. For someone who has never purchased or intentionally planted morning glories, I do seem to have a miraculous talent at growing them… on everything. Everywhere. They do keep hawks off of the chickens, though.
Since I get a lot of “where are you” emails during my non-growing spells, I’d like to promote Anna and Mark’s blog over at The Walden Effect. The material is fantastic and she even has practical, brunette braids! We’ve been using the Avian Aqua-Miser chicken waterers they sell for over a year and find them trouble-free. Anna also has a new book available called The Weekend Homesteader (congratulations!).
As for Appalachian Feet, here are some photos to catch you up on our end of things:
We got a dog.
She got bigger (while lots of other things happened).
Two of our 6 chickens died of gapeworm, which it turns out is easy to treat. We miss Mrs. Poultrious BokBok and Miss Lilac Luna Pumpkintoes, Fairy Killer Extraordinaire. We also lost our bees about a week ago and plan to wait a while to replace them.
We celebrated the holidays. Yes, you too can get a German glass morel ornament!
Now we’re getting ready for spring. This weekend is time to fix the chicken fence! We already bought the supplies…
How is your garden growing?
*Edit* Turns out we only lost 2 out of 3 hives, the other one was huddled up on a cold day giving the appearance of being gone.