Instructors: Diane Suhm & Kumara Sidhartha
April 15, 22, 29, & May 6
9:30am - 1:00pm
4 sessions

Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking informed by ethics and design principles that feature on this site.

This approach guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.

This workshop will be an introduction to permaculture with different themes each week for four weeks. We will focus on the land at Edgewood Farm, though everything you learn can be applied to your own property. Week one will be an introduction, with the definition, characteristics, benefits and repercussions of permaculture design; week two, tools and designs, a tour of the grounds, and planning and designing a project; week three will focus on plotting and building a swale; and week four will focus on topics such as plant selection, amending the soil and composting, ways to live more sustainably, and regional resources. Each week will end with a discussion about plant-based meals and the preparation of food from a local source/farm.

Diane Suhm and Kumara Sidhartha are certified permaculture designers. Their mission is to promote systems and living spaces where everyone — all living creatures — can be happy and healthy and live in a beautiful, safe environment. They are committed to everyone’s health, happiness, and overall well-being.

Diane has long been an advocate of ethical principles that promote kindness and the well-being of the environment and all living creatures. When she discovered permaculture as a system of design and policy, she was overjoyed to find a practice that wove everything together.

Kumara is a physician, public health specialist, and advocate for a kinder and more sustainable world. Born in India, he moved to the United States to complete his residency training in internal medicine, and his primary care job brought him to Cape Cod. “Food is medicine” has been the guiding principle of his practice since 2002 at Emerald Physicians, where he serves as medical director.