Be a part of it! The Old Stone House gardens at Washington Park and MS 51 explore the innovations needed to reclaim our public space and respond to climate fluctuation.  

Field Training at the Old Stone House Gardens begins April 1, 2017.

$450 for 10 – 13 sessions
Students must attend 10 of the 13 workdays to receive a certificate.

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Permaculture often teaches the development of social systems along with whole systems design of the landscape. Now you can learn from a real-life example in Brooklyn, NY with our hands-on Field Training Certificate program. You will learn to identify plants, have a chance to study their root systems and learn their function in the landscape – including food, craft, wildlife support and medicine. Climate chaos and resilience are themes of the site and the reasoning behind our systems will be revealed – you will see with your own eyes which plants tolerate drought, salt, wind, flooding and temperature fluctuation. How to group plantings for efficiency and buffering, adaptation of planting times, promotion of diversity, and responding to unpredictable weather are models you will experience. Compost training, pattern observation, mapping, soil study and tool use are all part of field practice. Times are changing and these are skills all gardeners need to know; this is guaranteed to be a good work-out both physically and mentally. We will expect students to shovel, dig, prune, lift and hammer as well as research, map and work with plants. Some handouts will be made available online – the core of the course is focused on direct experience in the field.

Field Training at the Old Stone House Gardens goals:

  • Practice the social and landscape design aspects of whole systems management.
  • Learn design skills and biological gardening through hands-on experience and direct observation.
  • Interact with a landscape designed specifically to survive climate chaos.
  • Increase the dynamic life level – and thus the livability – of a landscape.
  • Explore stewardship of an undefined public commons.
  • Understand what makes a landscape useful.

Field Training Workdays
Students must attend 10 of the 13 workdays to receive a certificate. A limited number of make-up days will be made available.

Eight Tuesdays + Five Saturdays, 9am – 1pm

Eight Tuesdays, 9am – 1pm

April 18
April 25
May 2
May 16
May 23
June 6
June 13
June 20

Five Saturdays, 9am – 1pm
April 1
April 8
May 6
May 13
June 3

Led by PINA certified permaculture educator and designer, Claudia Joseph.

Field Training sessions will be subject to weather conditions; heavy rains or winds over 20 mph will postpone classes. Make-up days will be on the Wednesday morning following the postponed date.

Claudia Joseph is certified in Permaculture education and Permaculture design by the Permaculture Institute of North America. Ms Joseph also holds a Diploma of Permaculture from Permaculture USA. Contact: permie@earthlink.net for more information.

REGISTER for Field Training at the Old Stone House Gardens

  • Release and Waiver of Liability

  • You will receive an email confirmation upon successful registration. Please contact us at info@theoldstonehouse.org if you do not.