TROPICAL PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE

Aloha Aina Organic Farm is a permaculture community & learning center in Maui, Hawai`i.

Our mission is to grow a more sustainable future through education, entrepreneurship and environmental stewardship.

ONE-MONTH PROGRAM

Permaculture DesigN COURSE with Permaculture Certification 

The month-long course will take place at four locations across Maui. Each week we will travel to a different farm so students have the opportunity to experience a range of farming styles and learn from our diverse guest teachers. And we get to see more of the beauty of Maui!

 

  • Multiple locations around the island
  • Field Trips to different projects
  • Delicious locally-grown organic vegetarian meals
  • College credit for qualifying students
  • Weekends free to explore Maui!

FULL QUARTER PROGRAM

Complete Course + 5-week Farm Internship

The extended 5-week farm internship will be available to students who want to learn hands-on farming skills, living and working with select farms across the island. There will be farm internships with the four host farms listed below, and we have other unique opportunities specifically designed to support your interests.

 

 

course description

This Tropical Permaculture Design Course with Permaculture Certification is open to all students of any age and from any culture. It will be taught in English, and we welcome students from overseas, especially any students local to Hawai`i. We welcome students from the Evergreen State College and other universities and are working with Evergreen faculty to sponsor students for college credit.

We’ve taken the standard international permaculture certification curriculum and extended it to a month-long integrated studies program that emphasizes hands-on skills, diverse farming techniques, and appropriate technology solutions for low-impact living and working. The month-long course will take place at multiple locations across Maui.

Each week we will travel to a different farm so students have the opportunity to experience a range of farming styles and learn from our diverse guest teachers. We will be working with permaculture designers, organic farmers, native Hawai`ian traditional farmers, and have many local teachers and practitioners joining our core staff every day.

Our guest roster includes tropical medicinal plant experts, a high-altitude trout aquaponics business, a local seed saving non-profit, food sovereignty and food security policy makers, and climate adaptation specialists to name a few.

We will do ample site analysis, create base maps, study tropical plants and their yields, learn different water storage techniques, and discuss in depth how to leverage these permaculture design skills into job opportunities and income streams.

The extended 5-week farm internship will be available to students who want to learn hands-on farming skills, living and working with select farms across the island of Maui. The farm internships will allow students to deepen their knowledge and understanding by focusing on a specific area of interest while gaining real-life experience.

There will be many other unique opportunities specifically designed to support your interests and learning goals. Join us in and learn how to design and plant abundant and resilient tropical permaculture guilds, build soil tilth, integrate greywater systems, cycles of harvest and plant propagation, integrated pest management, and how to prepare and eat unfamiliar tropical foods!

For more information about the Permaculture Design Certificate take a look at our curriculum page and our reading and watching list. The website FAQ should answer most of your questions, and feel free to contact us for more details and information.

Mahalo, and see you on Maui in January!

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Permaculture design and implementation

 
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Traditional Hawaiian Farming Practices

 
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Aquaponic and Aquaculture Systems

 
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Regenerative agriculture techniques

 
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Tropical Agroforestry and management

 
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Sustainable Business and Community Development

 
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Climate Science Adaptation Strategies

 
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Native species restoration and propagation

 
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Food Sovereignty and Food Security

 

TEstimonials

This program exceeded my expectations in many regards, in breadth of curriculum and practical experiences, in intention, in connection to community. The opportunities we were given to experience the beauty and magic of Maui astounded me. I am blown away with awe and love for our band of Hawaii farmers, activists, musicians, and friends. I grew as a person much more than I expected to.

Alanna McBride
Evergreen State College 2017

 

Permaculture design is the lens through which science, indigenous practice, appropriate technology, and cultural awareness, are interwoven to create regenerative and sustainable ecological systems focused on providing for the larger community by providing for the environment.

John Huffman
Evergreen State College 2017

 

What is Permaculture DESIGN ?

The word permaculture was coined by Bill Mollison in the mid-1970’s to describe an integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species.

A more current definition of permaculture, which reflects the expansion of focus implicit in Permaculture, is ‘Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.’ People, their buildings and the ways in which they organize themselves are central to permaculture design courses. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture.

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