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Online Course Skips a Year
Course CD at about 1/3 Price
• Vol. III of The
International Permaculture Solutions Journal
• Permaculture Design Course Pamphlets
Translated into Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.
Patiofarming in the Tropics and Subtropics
• Continuing Projects and Opportunities
Online Course Skips a Year –
offering our 6-month Permaculture Design Course Online for 14 consecutive
years, we have decided to skip the offering for 2011 to allow instructors added
time to work on other projects. We
plan to begin Cycle 15 of the course Jan. 7, 2012. Download the Course Pre-registration Package from our
website for full details of the course, fees, the reading list, and
scholarships from our website, etc. www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org
Course CD at About 1/3 Price Through 2011
Because we had already
done the work of updating and enlarging our online permaculture course CD, we
have decided to make it available for $85, instead of $250, a price that has
been constant for many years. The
price of the entire Course Reading List remains unaffected. CDs licensed at the reduced fee do not
carry our usual offer to monitor the course free by registering with the CD
order. However, the discounted CD price + the monitor fee is still less than
the regular CD license Fee. (CDs are licensed on a single-user basis.) The Cycle 15 CD already contains more
than a dozen major new items. The CD includes more than 400 files, including
weekly module posts (instructors’ lectures and notes), sample designs, an ‘Xtras’
file of useful information, numerous databases, additional readings, and many
other kinds of documents. The
Self-Study Version of the CD does not include digital copies of
back journals included when the disk is purchased as part of the total reading
III of The International Permaculture Solutions Journal
resumption of publication of The International Permaculture Solutions
Journal (Vol. II), both on CD and in
print, we have begun work on Vol. III, including themes of ‘Permaculture
Education’ and ‘Client/Site Assessment’, in addition to our regular theme such
as “Permaculture Basics” and “Useful Plants.” We always welcome the opportunity to consider work from new
contributors, who can send query letters to Dan Hemenway at YankeePerm@aol.com We also welcome copies of
permaculture-related books and DVDs to consider for review. Vol. II continues to be available to
purchase on CD and a limited number of print copies.
Design Course Pamphlets Translated into Portuguese
Volunteer Cássio P.
Octaviani recently completed translation of all 15 of our Permaculture Design
Course Pamphlets (by Bill Mollison) into Portuguese. Volunteer webmaster Robert Waldrop has posted each to our website.
The following URLs are samples of the format used.
Robert explains, URLs for
all the individual pamphlets contain /panfleto
followed by the the (Arabic) pamphlet number, e.g. panfleto1.pdf
, panfleto2.pdf, panfleto3.pdf,
etc. All the pamphlets in one
document are found at:
Course Pamphlets in Spanish
In keeping with our intent to make these pamphlets
widely available, we are seeking to post Spanish translations for free
download, also. Pamphlet I, which
was translated by permaculturist Antonio Scotti a few years ago, may be found
on our website at http://www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org/spanishpanfleto1.pdf . Additional volunteer translators in Spanish or other
languages are welcome.
Versions of the Pamphlets
We were recently
contacted by a Taiwanese permaculturist who has expressed his intent to
translate the pamphlets into Chinese.
Obviously, permaculture materials in Chinese is a major step in bringing
permaculture to a large fraction of humanity. We will report any progress in next year’s letter. If you have need of Chinese materials
before then, check our website. We
will post all translations there as they become available.
in the Tropics and Subtropics
Climate Food Production for Small Spaces
We have offered this
publication by Dr. Franklin Martin for some years, with the intention of
enlarging it with sections on water, soil, animals, and permaculture design. Patiofarming…
is now in digital format available
either in print or on CD.
Eventually we will phase out the print version. Meanwhile, we have begun work on the
second edition, with extensive notes, sidebars, and additional chapters by Dan
Hemenway. We expect the second edition to be available in a year or so. And we
added a subtitle, since it seemed that nobody knew what patiofarming
constitutes. Anyone who buys the
first edition on CD, may exchange it for credit when updating to the enlarged upcoming
version. This publication is
another candidate for translations by qualified volunteers. Patiofarming… is a companion publication to Yankee Permaculture’s Plants
for Use in Permaculture in the Tropics, also
by Dr. Martin.
continues with the following projects, previously reported:
Searches, CDs, Scanned slide presentations.
We continue working on a two-prong
effort to make available for sale images in our extensive permaculture photo
library. We have to date indexed
about 4,000 images on a database (FileMaker Pro.) We are presently importing images to the database so that
others can scan for images that they need. Simultaneously, we are scanning our extensive library of
35-millimeter slides, starting with formal slide presentations. We envision the following licensed uses
for photos in these digital formats:
A series of library CDs with low-resolution images, a keywords
field, descriptive information, and, where available, presentation script,
additional notes, and suggestions regarding the educational objectives that the
images serve. This will be available as a pdf file.
A series of ‘slide’ shows on CD, duplicating our older 35mm slide
presentations. These are listed on
our website. Presentations for self-education will be on pdf, with a relatively
low price. Shows for public
presentation will be on a graphics format such as JPEG, and will feature higher
Custom production of CDs containing digital images. We will price
these based on the intended use and the registration required.
Internships at Barking Frogs Permaculture Center
While Barking Frogs Permaculture
Center, for various reasons, is not open to the public, we infrequently
host permaculture interns who wish to learn practical matters associated with
permaculture design implementation and maintenance. For details, see our Intern FAQs and related
documents on our web site. Our location in North-Central Florida particularly
suits internships over the winter months. Interns here may simultaneously
monitor our online course at no tuition charge, if the internship occurs while
the course is in session. This option is subject to change.
Florida Permaculture Workshop Opportunities
personal reasons, we have drastically curtailed travel for teaching and
consulting in the US and Canada. (We will consider requests for programs in other countries on
a case-by-case basis.) In order to
continuing sharing our permaculture experience and insights, we remain open to
leading permaculture programs in Florida, where we now live. The preferred region is an ellipse 50
miles from Ocala to the south and 50 miles from Gainesville to the north.
you live elsewhere in Florida, we will evaluate logistics on a case-by-case
To explore the possibility for program
in your area, please download the appropriate documents from our web site
explaining our standard terms and what is involved. We are looking at designing programs over a series of
weekends, as well, to minimize the duration of time away from our own site. For
programs offered nearby, we can commute.
This would be the area between Gainesville and Ocala. We are interested
in offering certificate courses weekends, to shadow our online course
synchronously, using the same reading package. We do not organize or host programs—we teach them. Permaculture is a self-reliance
movement. If you want a program,
you need to take the initiative.
As you can see from the above, we do not lack for things to do.
After reading what is involved, please
contact us if you are interested.
We are also willing to undertake a few
consulting jobs each year in Florida.
Again, details are already on our web site.
We never offer training programs at
Barking Frogs Permaculture Center.
This is an ironclad policy.
Check our website for possible future
workshops in Gainesville, FL.
Swamp. We had good
growth again this year in our two main areas planted to baldcypress. Some
previously established trees have been starting to self-sow, and we plan to dig
saplings to add to the larger planting in 2012.
• Tree Crops /
Agroforestry / Forest Gardens. These continue
to develop gradually, and continue to provide lessons about these strategies in
this portion of Florida.
Gardens. Our container
gardening strategies appear to be about fully developed, though we welcome
surprises of new ideas and information.
Our main interests now are further integration of containers with our
chinampas and tree crops and related work.
Groves. Most of our
groves are pretty well established, supplying poles for gardening, fuel, and a
small amount of material for crafts and carpentry. The winter of 2009-2010 was unusually harsh for our area and
our Bambusa oldhami was
killed to the ground. Other
species were not seriously damaged.
Scholarship Deadline—Still Aug. 1
annual deadline for online course scholarship
submissions remains August 1 through 2011. ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BETWEEN JULY 1 AND AUG.
1 WILL BE CONSIDERED. Instructions for scholarship application may be downloaded from
our web site. They are also included in our online course pre-registration
package, another free download. Monitor scholarship applications can be
accepted between the deadline and the startup of the course cycle.
Permaculture-Suitable Land for Sale
have not yet found someone worthy of buying our land in Williamsburg,
Massachusetts. Because we are consolidating our resources at our current home
base in Florida, we are open to selling 18 acres of land that Dan has owned
since 1968. This land has not been
sprayed for decades, is very suited to the construction of a resource and
energy-efficient solar home, and has blueberries and nut trees planted in
several areas. Photos and more
details are on our web site.
Purchase of the entire parcel comes with a one-day verbal consult on the
land's features and potential by Dan Hemenway. We will consider subdividing, starting at the south end of
Our publication project, which produces journals, pamphlets, papers,
slides, CDs, etc. Yankee Permaculture was kept separate from our other work in
the event that someone else takes over these activities when we are old or
dead. (Dan is already old.)
Permaculture: Our consulting, design, and teaching
services. These are our personal permaculture practice. APT (Advanced Permaculture Training) is a
sub-project of Elfin Permaculture.
Frogs Permaculture: This
is a place, where we live and where our projects are based, sort of an umbrella
for everything else. All current land-based Elfin Permaculture projects happen
Solutions Network: This is our network of volunteers who
support the above projects.
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