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Water Resource Design

Workshop-3 Full Days 
Rescheduled to October 10-12, 2014

Location: Squawking Hawk Acres, outside Ashland, Oregon
Instructors: Tom Ward (Tomi Hazel)
                        Karen Taylor
                        Melanie Mindlin

Learn how to integrate and balance water resources on a small homestead or farm in Southern Oregon.  We will explore strategies for drought proofing, rainwater harvesting, greywater, irrigation district water utilization, smal scale carbon farming and horticultural self-reliance based on careful use of water.  Fall is the time to do earthworks and other systems for harvesting rainwater for the following year.  Using maps and looking at conditions on the ground at Squawking Hawk Acres, we will review assessments that have already been done and design a whole systems plan that focuses on water conservation.

Course Price $300, includes organic lunch
Early registration before Setpember 10, $250

Participants will bring food for their own breakfast and food to share for dinner if camping on site.  Cook and clean teams will be organized for dinner.  A limited number of campsites are available on site, as well as space for sleeping on the deck.

For more information contact us at  Course participants limited to 20.
Please register with the form below.

Cancellation Policy: Until September 10, 2014 the fee is refundable less $50 cancellation fee.  After Sept. 10, the fee is nonrefundable unless the course fills and we sell your spot.  There will still be a $50 cancellation fee.  

Water Resource Design Registration

This workshop is offered at the intermediate level.  It is suitable for graduates of the Permaculture Design Course, as well as those with a working knowledge of permaculture.  Some instruction on water strategies will be offered, but there is an assumption that participants will know the basic concepts of permaculture principles, keyline and swales.  Background reading and videos will be provided for those that need a refresher on these topics before the workshop.

You must have done at least one of the following.
  • Taken the Permaculture Design Course
  • Taken at least one full day introduction to permaculture.
  • Read one of the following books:
Gaia's Garden, by Toby Hemenway
Introduction to Permaculture, by Bill Mollison
Earth User's Guide to Permaculture, By Rosemary Morrow
Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally, by Robert Kourik
Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, by David Holmgren
Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, by Bill Mollison
Rainwater Harvesting, by Brad Lancaster

Daily Schedule will be 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.
There will be a party on Saturday night.

Squawking Hawk Acres, founded in 2012 is emerging as a permaculture homesteading demonstration site, community gathering space and venue for creative and educational events.  It is home to a small group of cultural creatives exploring community, growing food and living lightly with the land and in harmony with natural systems.  More on our 3 acre site at