Help Dory Achieve A Permaculture Design Certificate!

A campaign by Dory Estrada

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Successfully funded on June 13, 2015
A campaign by Dory Estrada
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  • Contribute $10 or more

    I will give you my heartfelt appreciation and a warm hug for your gift!

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  • Contribute $25 or more

    A hearty virtual hug, an invitation to my blog I will be hosting about my permacutlure volunteering abroad this summer, and any email news about these efforts.

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  • Contribute $50 or more

    A hand-written postcard sent to you from my volunteering abroad this summer, as well as inclusion in my blog and email news about my permaculture efforts.

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  • Contribute $100 or more

    I will offer a permaculture mini-consultation. In phone and/or email discussion about how permaculture design can enhance your landscape. This will include some suggested educational materials.

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  • Contribute $250 or more

    I will offer a full-design project. Will spend up to 3 days designing and consulting for a space of your choice.

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  • Contribute $500 or more

    I will offer a full-design for a space of your choice with up to 10 hours of labor, provided you live in a region close to me. Will create integrated designs for your site and offer my services to implement them for up to 20 hours of work.

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Dory Estrada is a life-long learner who achieved her B.S. in Environmental Science in 2013 and will be off to graduate school this fall to start her M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning at Northeaster University. She previously worked as a project coordinator with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful in Tampa, FL where she oversaw the development, maintenance, and growth of the Florida Learning Garden, a 1-acre sustainable garden featuring hydroponics, low-flow irrigation, raised beds, and Florida-friendly planting.

It was through this work that Dory received an introduction to permaculture design, and it has been a goal of hers to achieve a design certificate to strengthen her career plans to incorporate sustainable design in her regional planning work.



Dory will be WWOOFing in southern Germany for a few weeks this June, where she will be volunteering with permaculture-focused projects firsthand. When she returns in July, she would like to apply these experiences to finally achieve a certificate in permacutlure design at Sirius Ecovillage in western Massachusetts. With an upcoming move to graduate school, Dory's funds are pretty tight, so she is grateful for any amount you are willing to contribute to her tuition for this course!

The traditional Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is a 72 hour minimum requirement. Sirius Ecovillage offers many more hours above a 72 hour course (close to 100 hours!), with ample time for design practice, supportive homework assignments, readings and research, guest speakers, plus optional field trips and practicum sessions.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Permaculture History, Definitions, Ethics, and Principles
  • Edible Forest Gardening
  • Agroforestry
  • Aquaculture
  • Garden Establishment
  • Soil Regeneration & Land Restoration
  • Compost & Vermicompost
  • Greenhouse Seeding
  • Observing Patterns in Nature
  • Wildlife Tracking
  • Green Building & Natural Building
  • Renewable/Clean Energies
  • Regional Food Systems Planning
  • Cooperative Economics
  • Design for Climate Change
  • Resilient Community Building

Thank you for your generous support!