CT Edible Ecosystems was asked by NOFA's Organic Land Care to teach a Permaculture Design Charrette for their Accredited Professionals on March 27th, 2015. After a lot of preparation, including a preliminary site visit, a client meeting, and a Base Map created, training day arrived.
Eight Accredited Professionals arrived from as far away as Keene, NH, Nantucket, MA, and Rhode Island. We began the day with greetings, broke up into two groups based on skills and experience, reviewed the day and then jumped right ino simple techniques for Base Mapping.
Since I had alread created a Base Map, we added several missing elements (purposeful) to the map and went inside to cover Permaculture Ethics and Principals and review the clients goals.
After the class looked at ecological and physical aspects of the site, we broke for lunch and walked to a nearby Columbian restaurant for some deliciousness. There we chatted, got to know each other a little more, and ate.
Once lunch was over, we retuned to the site to begin discussing options and sketching those ideas onto tracing paper laid over the printed basemaps.
At 3:15pm it became time for each group to present what they had put together. I think they did a great job considering the material I had to skip over due to time constraints. I took a lot out of the course as well. For one, it needed to be at least 2hrs longer to cover more more proceedural steps for design as well as a more indepth discussion of plant guilds and polycultures.