Advanced Permaculture Workshop – EDC design

Collaborative Design Intensive: An Advanced Permaculture Workshop

Big Small Farm Education and Demonstration Center

Big Small Farm, a farm incubator forming in Central Florida, has a vision of supporting aspiring farmers, who are ready to lead Florida and the southeast into a new era of ecological agriculture and permaculture.

The overall concept plan for the 387-acre Big Small Farm came together during a 6-day intensive design workshop in January of this year (link). Now we’re ready to design the Education and Demonstration Center (EDC) at the entry of the farm in much more detail. This critical area needs to communicate the larger vision of the farm and have the capacity to host events and workshops. There will be educational gardens, forage and fodder production areas, adjacent silvopasture systems and edible forest gardens, aquaculture, housing, a nursery area, and woodland understory and tree crops designed into the 30-acre entry area.

Plans to begin building the infrastructure and support systems are in place. New farmers are coming and there is room for many more! Come help plan this inspiring new venture, and be part of a new direction for Florida agriculture.

Where: Big Small Farm, Bushnell, Florida. The address will be provided upon registration.

Date: March 21-23; 8:30 – 5:30 Friday and Saturday; 8:30 -4:30 Sunday

Day 1. Review relevant parts of the master plan, assess EDC, create bubble diagram.

Day 2. Turn the diagram into detailed plan, start zooming in on each of EDC elements (education center, food forest, demo garden , etc.).

Day 3. Create scale drawings of all major elements. Fill in specific plant species, create implementation budget and time line.

Facilitation/Leadership: Jono Neiger, from Regenerative Design Group

Format: The course will be run as an extended intensive design session. There will be no formal classes, only guidance from Jono, as he leads the “design team” through the design process, applying knowledge into creating plans for the Education and Demonstration Center

Cost: $250 includes course and camping. Offsite lodging available and not included.

Meals: No meals provided. We will do potluck and bar-b-que’s and pitch in on meals.

Prerequisites: Please note that this is by no means a 101 class – to get the most out of this experience you must have a solid understanding of permaculture fundamentals (design experience would be really helpful). We will not check you credentials but please don’t expect us to stop working to explain something basic – such questions will need to wait until the campfire time.

Registration: You can register (and pay by credit card)  here. Please include your phone number so we can contact you if your e-mail doesn’t work.

If paying by check ($10 discount) you will need to send the check ($240, payable to Leon Elt) to 21420 AD May Rd., Dade City, FL 33523. We need to receive your check within 4 days from the day you’ve registered to keep the spot your reserved from becoming available again. You still need to register!

To pay by Dwolla ($10 discount) click the button below. If you don’t have an account there yet, setting it up is a bit of a chore (they will ask for your SSN, etc. since what you really open is a bank account) but once you are done, sending and receiving payments is a breeze (and cost 25 cents flat vs. 3% Paypal charges). You still need to register!

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]

About Lead Designer

Jono Neiger has twenty years experience in conservation, restoration, land stewardship, permaculture and landscape design. He synthesizes his diverse expertise to create productive and integrated landscapes. Working as collaborator, teacher, and guide, Jono empowers individuals, communities and organizations to understand and steward their land and landscape through design. He is principal at Regenerative Design Group, faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design, board president of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (PINE), and stewards his homestead, Hickory Garden, as well as Brook’s Bend Farm in Massachusetts.

Jono has taught design, permaculture and land planning for 17 years in Oregon, Florida, Alabama, and Northeast U.S. in various formats including short courses, workshops, permaculture design courses, advanced permaculture design courses, undergraduate and graduate college classes. Jono is faculty at Conway School of Landscape Planning and Design, a graduate program in Conway, MA. He has taught 5 years of 3-week Permaculture Design Course at Sirius EcoVillage in Shutesbury, MA. He is founder and principal of Regenerative Design Group since 2008, an ecological design firm that has 6 designers on staff and works on dozens of projects in residential, campus, farm, and commercial design with a focus on productive and regenerative landscapes.