Category Archives: Old Class Postings

Write ups about previously taught Classes

Introducing after a long Summer of silence

Well after a long summer of study, travel, work and growing, and now that the weather is starting to get a nip to it and the evenings are growing  longer I’m back at it on the Futurebox. To start, I’m excited to share with you, Cincinnati’s (and I think Ohio’s) First Permaculture Educational Non-Profit.

It is headed up by me, Braden Trauth, and my Mentor from College and now my Mentee in Permaculture, Dale Murray. Dale is the former Dean of the Design School at University of Cincinnati’s College of DAAP. He is a Professor of Industrial Design, which was very influential in Bill Mollison’s development of the Design Processes of Permaculture, as acknowledged in Permaculture Two (in his reference of the well known Industrial Designer, Victor Papinek). As for OM Valley, this will remain as my personal Permaculture website for blogging, educational articles from my experiences and the home of my Design & Consultancy services. Anyways, back to This-Land, we are very happy to share that we will very shortly be announcing our 2012 Class line up, starting with a Winter PDC that will consolidate the 72 hours into 3 weekends, to make it more accessible for folks, and will take place around the end of February and early March. After that we will be hosting some Natural/Green Building workshops with one of the best Natural Builders I know in the world, Ted Elsasser. We will host a summer intensive PDC followed by a Food Forest workshop and Earthworks workshop. We will also sprinkle in other courses throughout the year like a Cob Oven building workshop and a Passive Solar Dehydrator workshop just to name a few. Anyways stay tuned for more developments as we really start to sink our Tap Roots here in the Ohio and Miami Valley region.

Come Join us for an Intro to Permaculture Design Wed. 3/30

If you would like to learn how to design your yard to get more out of it then come join us for our Intro to Permaculture Design at the Civic Garden Center, Wednesday March 30th from 6-7:30 pm. It will lay out the fundamentals of designing with Nature so that you can get more out of your yard with less work. It will be taught by Braden Trauth, a teacher who has been bringing Permaculture to the Cincinnati Bioregion over the last several years and trained with the Permaculture originators in Australia.

To learn more please visit:

FEB/MAR 2011 Weekend Permaculture Design Certification

February 4th- March 27th (7 weekends/72 hours)


Cincinnati Area: OM Valley Permaculture Demonstration Site in Northside and also other tri-state Permaculture sites.

Permaculture Facilitator Amanda Nash leading Permaculture students at OM Valley Permaculture site in sheet mulch garden bed installation


  • 600$ (please Register by 1/25),
  • Individual Weekends – 100$
  • Individual days – 60$

Questions: please Contact Kat Grover:

For co-leader Doug Crouch’s take on the course visit the following page:


Schedule of Class Times:

  • Friday Introduction: 6:30 – 9pm (2/4 only)
  • Saturday times: 9:30am – 6pm
  • Sunday times: 10:00 – 4:30pm

Dates of the Weekends:

  • February 4/5/6, 12/13, (Sat & Sun the 19th and 20th off), 26/27
  • March 5/6, 12, (Sun the 13th is off), 19, (Sun the 20th is off), 26, 27
  • *Weekend make ups are available if you have a schedule conflict*

For a complete schedule of each individual day inquire with Kat from the above addresses

Local Permaculture site that has a swale, water harvesting ditch and mound on contour, as well as the beginnings of a food forest

What is the Permaculture Design Certification?

The Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) is a 72 hour certification that empowers the student to design sustainable systems and sites that fulfill human needs while working with the laws of nature. It has a strong focus in ecology, design (landscape, planning, Industrial, engineering, & architecture), food production, sustainable building, water management, politics, economics, & much more. The student learns these topics through classroom lecture, Q&A, site visits, videos, hands on, and a design practicum where the student will design an actual site plan with fellow students. It is a great way to learn and build community. Once the student completes the certification they can go on and become a teacher themselves or apply this knowledge in the real world to create a more sustainable, just, & holisitic world for all current and future generations of life!

A fun design exercise puts a smile on past course students faces all the while learning how to apply the Permaculture Principles

Teaching Crew:

Our Teachers include Mary Lu Lageman, Gretchen Vaughn, Suellyn Schupe, Sakina Grome, Kat Grover, Braden Trauth, Ande Schewe, Sam Dunlap, Doug Crouch, and many more. They have been locally & Globally trained practicing permaculture here at their homes, farms as well as around the globe. They have also studied under the preeminent teachers around the globe including the movements founders, Bill Mollison & David Holmgren as well as Geoff Lawton, Dave Jacke, Darren Doherty, and many others. The crew looks forward to sharing & spreading this knowledge here in Cincy and the surrounding Bioregion!

Sample Broad-Acre Permaculture Design


We ask that people Register by January 25th to take the full course.

To Register for the course please send a 50$ nonrefundable deposit to reserve your spot so we can start preparing course materials for you, which includes a 60 page handbook for the course.

If you wish to  Register please contact Kat via email  at: or 513-746-5149

This course is being run in conjunction with TreeYo Permaculture.  Please visit the following website to read more about what  components make up a Permaculture Design Course:

Look under the headings under the 72 Hour Course page with topics including Final Design and Hands-On.

2010 Permaculture Graduation

Well, We’ve done it again!

We’ve rounded out our 3rd annual 72 Hour/7 weekend Permaculture Design Certification Here in Cincinnati. This brings the total number of Certified Permaculturalists in this City alone up to 44 over the last 2 years with this new batch of 14. My how the momentum keeps growing, and how could it not with such fundamental teachings as what Permaculture has to offer….. as I like to say…. It’s Living on Earth 101!  This Bunch of Graduates was so wonderful and enthusiastic, it was a joy to teach them, and its a joy to send them out into the world to start turning this place around and teaching others how to harmonize with this glorious god given planet. (How ever you want to define that G-O-D).

The preparation for this class began over 4 months ago (when the blog posts started to taper off in preparation for this glorious undertaking). All in all we pulled in an initial 17 students, 3 of which were part time and 14 full time. This took months of preparation with the help of many wonderful souls that all in all totaled to well over 15 teachers and support (of which we are forever grateful for their support, input, and participation for making this such a great experience for so many students). Of course we did have our bumps but with love and dedication I think we did a good job of overcoming them. We held the class at a couple couple different locations in Northside, one of which is the new location for OM Valley Permaculture. At this location the class installed a 20′ x 40′ lasagna Keyhole garden, that will turn hard pan compacted clay into a beautiful humus filled garden that was made almost completely of recycled materials. We also installed low tech Deer Fencing made with locally harvested Bamboo and fishing line. With so many hands at work we completed the garden in record time, just under an hour. We also planted a couple of pecan trees to mark the class graduation and to feed the next generation. We also got to explore our local park, Badgley Run, a reclaimed neighborhood that is now returning to nature through natural succession…. what a great teaching tool on natures resilience!

We also took a field trip to Greensleeves CSA, a former Graduate from our first class who has been working on applying these priniciples to maximize the production of her land. We also got to see several of these permaculture techniques in action in Northside, one, a food forest in a small urban lot, another, a community garden at Northside’s Village Green, where we got to see their Community Green House in action and of course our beloved MoBo Bike CoOp. We also got to see The Urban Hoop Houses producing greens for our local eatery, Slim’s Restaurant. We also spent one of the weekends our local urban ecovillage experiment, Enright Ridge. Here we saw a green retrofit home, a passive solar greenhouse for heating, their dispersed CSA throughout the neighborhood back yards and their new Green House that will support the CSA.

The class had a wonderful mix of teachers that came in to share their experience, whether it was international or local back yard demonstrations. Our gratitude goes out to such a wonderful crew of teachers to help make such a full experience for the students. The class had a good mix of lecture, visual, hands on, and in action permaculture….. given how new Permaculture is to the Tristate region.

The class wound out with the class breaking into 4 groups presenting their Designs for a diversity of 4 local sites in the city, ranging from small urban lots to Community Garden/gathering space, to a commercial Urban Garden, to a larger yet challenging urban site located on a steep hill. The Proposals by the students demonstrated a great understanding of putting permaculture into action and making a difference in the world.

All in all the world, nation and Bioregion are blessed with 14 more evolved minds to help us through this time of change. What more could we ask for in such a challenging time!

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