Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2016: 12 Saturdays

Permaculture is more than just good gardening. It is a life long approach to analysis, action and social structures that results in better relationships, more functional systems and a clearer understanding of everything necessary for human communities to thrive.

This 12-part certificate course teaches basic permaculture design skills such as site observation, mapping, & assessment, as well as group process and effective communications. Can be applied professionally and personally in tandem with many related livelihoods and practices. Will include contemporary urban examples for responding to climate change, improving city environments, bioregional organizing, utilizing the public commons, and group governance. Some work out of class will be required, so be sure to schedule extra time for home study.

Apply permaculture principles and design skills by working on group and individual projects. Re-design the landscapes, assess the buildings and create new programs for the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC) and the Old Stone House in Washington Park. BSEC is a congregation of individuals and families who embrace personal growth and social progress. OSH is an interpretive museum and community center with a functional landscape for food, medicine, craft material, wildlife support and storm-water management. We also work with the adjacent middle school.

Classes will be held at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and the Old Stone House & Washington Park, Park Slope, BK. Ten hours of field training in the gardens is mandatory for this certificate, as is participation in our annual Seed Share event on Feb 6, 2016

For full course details, please visit Permaculture Design Certificate course. Please contact Claudia Joseph with any questions about the course.

Register HERE

Course fee:  Tuition$1,200. Early Registration $900 if paid in full before December 1.


10 am to 5 pm
Jan 9
Jan 23
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 20
Mar 5
9 am to 4 pm
Apr 2
Apr 9
Apr 16
Apr 23
May 14
May 21


1. To introduce students to the fundamentals of sustainability
2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positive action
3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design
4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources
5. To study homesteading skills and appropriate technologies


Site Instructor Claudia Joseph is the founder and Director of the New York Permaculture Exchange, Director of Environmental Programs at the Old Stone House, and a consultant and community gardener; Claudia has taught and practiced permaculture on both coasts at the Berkeley Ecology Center, Merritt College, the New York Open Center, BBG, NYBG, and with many other organizations since 1996.

Guest Instructors: Jono Neiger, Tattfoo Tan, Jude Hobbs and others TBA

Jono Neiger, a conservation biologist with nearly two decades of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, and restoration, was Lost Valley Educational Center’s Land Steward and Permaculture Apprenticeship Program Director in Oregon for five years. A permaculture teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems.

Tattfoo Tan is a NYC artist who works in the realm of ecology, sustainability and education, offering imaginative visions for cultural change. Queens Museum of Art, Artisphere, Parsons the New School for Design, F.I.T., Bronx River Art Center and many more have hosted his insightful perspective on art & ecology.

Jude Hobbs operates two businesses–Cascadia Permaculture and Agro-Ecology Northwest offers a wide range of services to agricultural businesses, individual land-owners and Permaculture students. Jude is one of the premier permaculture instructors in the US.


Garden Walk, Lecture and Book Signing with Leda Meredith, Authority on Forage Plants

Tuesday, September 29, 2015Leda Meredith
5:30 pm

at The Old Stone House & Washington Park

$20 donation suggested

Leda Meredith is Author of Northeast Foraging, Preserving Everything and The Locavore’s Handbook. This timely information is presented with unbridled joy and appreciation for gastronomic delight. Leda is a world-class forager.

Register in advance by clicking here: Brown Paper Tickets.

4th Annual Permaculture Festival and Skill Share

A Community Day of Environmental Education and Networking
at the Old Stone House & Washington Park

Saturday, October 3, 2015
10 am – 4 pm

The day starts with a pancake breakfast & kid’s activities: garden walk, natural plant dyes for fabrics, sheet mulch garden bed improvement, pollinators and their plants, forage, herbal remedies & salves, garden tours and more. Stay tuned!




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Seed Celebration @ OSHSaturday,February 7, 2015
at the Old Stone House & Washington Park

10 am – 3 pm

Zach Pickens of Rooftop Ready Seeds will speak about seed saving at 10 am

Presented by The New York Permaculture Exchange, The Park Slope Permaculture Guild and the Old Stone House


This annual event brings together gardeners of all stripes to engage in the traditional activity of trading seeds.

Our seed heritage is as old as our love of great food and Brooklyn gardeners are savvy to the benefits of top quality, organic seeds. Heirloom varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, and root crops as well as more esoteric and ethnically diverse items such as asian greens and amaranth will be featured. The beautifully packaged Hudson Valley Seed Library seed will be available for purchase as well as selections from Fedco’s politically correct line of non-GMO seeds. Treasures from the Old Stone House gardens will include native flowers that support bees and butterflies

Demonstrations on starting seed and transplanting seedlings, sprouting greens, seed cleaning, making seed balls, and how to make compost will be running at tables throughout this event. Plenty of gardeners will be available to answer your garden questions.This event is suitable for both children and adults.

Zach Pickens will discuss the differences between open pollinated, hybrid, and GMO seeds, seed saving, and the unique aspects of urban cultivation at 10am to begin the event.

Compost Workshop at the Old Stone House

Compost Workshop – in celebration of International Week of the Soil
Saturday, May 2
10 am – 11 am

In the Farm Garden at the compost bins. Lead by NYBG Compost instructor, Claudia Joseph.

Learn about home & mid-scale compost systems
$10 suggested donation

Rain or Shine–dress appropriately

Urban Permaculture Accelerated Training Spring 2015

at the Old Stone House & Washington Park
Park Slope, Brooklyn

An approachable course for those who are new to permaculture and a comfortable re-entry for those who seek further practice. Registration form is below.

Five Saturdays: March 14 & 21, April 25, May 9 & 16, 2015
9 am – 4 pm
40 hours (30 hours of class time + 10 hours of field practice required)

Fee: $650
Early paid registration deadline extended to Friday, January 9, 2015: $550


Presented by the New York Permaculture Exchange – Lead Instructor Claudia Joseph will be joined by guest teachers.


Permaculture is more than just good gardening.  It is a life-long approach to analyses, actions and social structures that results in better relationships,more functional systems and a clearer understaning of everything necessary for human communities to thrive — C. Joseph


This fast-paced course covers traditional permaculture topics used in whole systems design such as energy, climate, shelter, community, food, waste streams and water management, utilizing current information in the media and practical knowledge from traditional sources. To step into the rapid transition that is happening right now, the emphasis is on social cooperation and positive change, demonstrated with physical models and hands-on learning opportunities.

The Old Stone House is the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, one of the earliest and largest battles of the Revolutionary War.  Soil building and bioremediation techniques are at the forefront of our historically referenced gardens, planted for food, medicine, craft material, wildlife habitat and storm-water absorption.

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