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INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE: Learning to Design with Nature

  • Fields Without Fences 71 Barbertown Idell Road, Frenchtown, NJ Frenchtown United States (map)
Image Credit: Steve Sterling, 2018

Image Credit: Steve Sterling, 2018


Permaculture is an ecological design system that aims to mimic naturally occurring ecosystem functions through patterning, and harness their potential for long term sustainable renewal. The foundational ethics presented in permaculture; earth care, people care, fair share; offer a universal compass to navigate our interactions with our environment, our communities, and ourselves.

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 cultivating a meaningful relationship with the natural world. The program will be hosted at Fields Without Fences located in Frenchtown, NJ, where we will explore in-the-ground applications on our 7 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

  • Permaculture Zone / Sector Analysis

  • Creating A Base Map

  • Essential tools for Site Assessment

  • Introductory overview of specific 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.

Image Credit: Steve Sterling, 2018

Image Credit: Steve Sterling, 2018


Lindsay & Johann are the co-founders of Fields Without Fences, a forest garden farm and permaculture design service based in Frenchtown, NJ. On their farm, located within the Delaware River watershed, they cultivate fruits, nuts, medicinal herbs, and wild edibles within naturalized plantings that mimic the wild ecology. Through site specific design, they integrate approaches found in environmental restoration, permaculture design, and regenerative agriculture to create low input, self-renewing, agroecological systems that naturally restore health and integrity to our shared landscape. Beyond their fields, they bring these practices to consulting and design work with farmers, landowners, and organizations.

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