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Permaculture Design Certification

@Solomon Brook Farm

Blockhouse, Nova Scotia    

72 hour 2 week Immersion: May 25th . June 9th 2013

Contact Info  .  P3 Permaculture  .  Graham Calder  .


Cost PDC :


* $300 registration fee

(deducted from tuition)

*Accommodations & food included.

{ Transportation not included }


  1. 404 Farmington rd,  Nova Scotia, Canada

{45 min southwest of Halifax }

All Profits go to The South Shore Social Venture Co-op & The Blockhouse School


Join us for this world recognized Permaculture Design Certification (PDC). We are transforming a 30 acre Ex-Conventional Farm into a Permaculture Farm.

In this course we will plant edible forest gardens, grow medicinal & edible mushrooms, build with cob & other natural materials, recreate biodiversity habitat, learn how to make an income with small agro-enterprise initiatives & much more.

The course facilitated by Graham Calder is a broad curriculum demonstrating the principles, patterns & practices of permaculture design.  It utilizes a variety of perspectives from local self sufficiency to international aid. The course is forged to give a foundation for restoring, rebuilding & reconnecting human ecosystems with a focus on Food Systems.

It is a solutions-based design science founded in observation of natural systems. The goal is to create self abundant, Self sufficient systems for Food, Education, and social community development.

What  is  Permaculture?

Learn how to:

  1.    Establish natural crop fertility

  2.    Develop ecological food production

  3.    Build soil & soil fertility

  4.    Design water catchment

  5.    Design sustainable settlements

  6.    Strengthen local economies

Learn about:

  1.    Edible forest design

  2.    Passive solar living

  3.    Auto fertile and no dig gardening

  4.    Earthworks and soil repair

  5.    Alternative energy production

  6.    Aquaculture, aquaponics

Enjoy fresh local ethical vegetarian meals every day!

Learn with Hands on workshops & Projects!

This is a Social Profit Course Your tuition will help develop a sustainability transition training centre

For a Video description of our PDC & more information visit our site online

Specifically we will focus on energy systems, water security, food systems, social economies.  Using the Principles of nature to design solutions to our greatest challenges.  This course will be following these topics laid out by Bill Mollison in his book Permaculture: A Designers Manual.

During this course, we will observe & mimic the natural principles that drive ecological systems to be self-sustaining.  We will learn how to integrate these principles in the design of our gardens, homes, and communities at large.

Contact Info  .  P3 Permaculture  .  Graham Calder  .

Solomon Brook Farm

A beautiful 30 acre, old farm property dates back to the 1800's. The huge dairy barn  has almost unlimited potential. The 12 acres of field & pasture has southeast exposure sloping northeast; a marvellous home for animals & a wonderful place to start an orchard with grapes & other fruit trees. The rich drumlin soil is rich and waiting to be cultivated.


The 18 acres of woods border the field.  The north east sloping woods draw the water up towards the fields, & as we follow the forest down the slopes we find a most wonderful hidden gem. Solomon Brook, borders the entire side of property with the most amazing 20 ft waterfall. This waterfall, with its spiralling pool at the base, is the heartbeat of the property. Not only does this create the possibility of generating our own micro-hydro power, it is a place for regenerating our own spirits. A wonderful place of retreat.

The Blockhouse School

Our centre's purpose is to provide a replicable model for developing increased local sufficiency in sustainable food, shelter, energy, culture and employment.  Blockhouse is in a preeminent location for showcasing sustainable design and practice here in the Maritimes. 

Old drumlin-based hill farms, many out of production for decades, some quite robust  and still going strong, abound in the area. Totally new organic agro-enterprises are just springing up as well. Farmer's Markets in the area are thriving and growing, as are a few CSA operations.

What we begin here will be built upon by hundreds, shared by thousands and be a continuing gift of a richer and more sustainable future for our grandchildren.

Graham Calder

Brought up on 75 acres of subsistence farm. Graham was in the garden before he could walk. With a Ba in Human Environment, minor in ecology from Concordia University, he completed his PDC with Pacific Permaculture.

After founding his social enterprise in 2009, P3 Permaculture, he then received an apprenticeship with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.  It was there that he took his specific PDC Teacher Training Certification & an Earthworks certification.

He now seeks to enhance the application of the people care ethic within his courses.  This is done through sponsoring local farmers & supporting community groups, offering yoga & goal coaching to design your life. 

This PDC is Hosted by the Blockhouse School Project

Blockhouse School Project

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