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  • Fields Without Fences 71 Barbertown Idell Road Frenchtown, NJ, 08825 United States (map)


Join us for a weekend long permaculture design intensive where we will explore foundational concepts, core ethics, techniques, and approaches for small to large scale land management and design strategies for maximizing productive output and minimizing waste. The program will be hosted at Fields Without Fences located in Frenchtown, NJ, where we will explore in-the-ground applications on our 6 year old site, including water management systems, ponds, polycultures, forest gardens, and successional management strategies. Beginners will benefit from this intensive aimed at empowering you to develop and refine your approach and interaction with living systems. Let this course be the fertile soil to grow your understanding of permaculture design from the ground up!

What you’ll learn in this course…

  • Understanding needs, yields, & behaviors for holistic design

  • The guiding framework of Permaculture Ethics & Principles

  • Zone / Sector Analysis

  • Creating A Base Map

  • Understanding Site Specific Design

  • Introductory overview of permaculture design techniques & approaches

  • Review of in-the-ground systems.

Event Details…

  • Registration is required, No walk-ins please.
  • Cost: $150.00
  • This course runs 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday & Sunday.
  • Course Instructors are Lindsay Napolitano & Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences
  • Breakfast refreshments are included with this course. Lunch is BYO.
  • Please dress weather appropriate & bring a water bottle.
  • Space for camping is available to out-of-town attendees
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in.




Lindsay Napolitano is an herbalist, farmer, artist, and educator living and working within the fields and forests of the Delaware River Watershed. She is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, a forest garden farm and permaculture design service. In collaboration with the natural world she designs, cultivates, and tends wild gardens and woodlands while growing and crafting plant medicine for her extended community. Combining a love of story, myth, metaphysics, and ecology, Lindsay weaves an inspired narrative throughout her teachings on the subjects of herbalism, permaculture, and agroecology. She is a practicing clinical herbalist and writes professionally on subjects including herbalism, permaculture, and environmental renewal. You can usually find her outside, aiding and abetting the plants in their ceaseless quest for world domination.



Johann A. Rinkens is an ecological designer and experienced agriculturalist consulting and advising on regenerative land management. He is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, a forest garden farm and permaculture design service, and teaches extensively on the subjects of permaculture design and agroecology. His background in anthropology, agrarian land rights, and more than a decade of work in the field as an organic farmer, combine to inform his perspective on integrated, place based, and functional ecological design. Approaching landscapes from a restorative perspective, Johann is motivated by the inherent balance of natural systems, and an eagerness to continue to evolve his understanding to reflect that elegance of design.