Permaculture and Homestead Winter Farming
This course intends to explore the principles of permaculture that link ecology, sustainability and community to farming. It is an holistic alternative to the destructive patterns and chemical abuse of agriculture. Our world is facing a long future of food insecurity as human population rises rapidly and land is turned over to housing and infrastructure. We need to bring ourselves back into balance with nature. In this course students will learn to apply some of the principles of permaculture to extending a developing academic-year winter-harvest plan on the homestead Kenyon Farm and to year round prospects. Students enrolling in this spring course will be asked to assist with planting in the late fall with harvesting occurring in winter months of the spring semester when the course is in session. The course is interdisciplinary, linking biology, sociology and sustainable farming strategies. This course cannot count as biology credit as less than half the course is directed to biology. Prerequisite: ENVS 112 or BIOL115 or permission of the instructor.