Learn the fundamentals of farm and ranch scale energy systems and waste management.             This class will provide the technical know-how you didn’t know you needed.

Sign up with members of your community to benefit from our group discounts. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

INSTRUCTION

  • Taught by Charles Williams, Program Director and lead teacher for Earth Activist Training
  • Classes will be live with recordings available within 48 hours
  • Resources and recordings on the virtual class platform will be available for a year after the course completes

COURSE DATES

  • Location: Virtual
  • Dates: August 3-September 7                  (6 weeks)
  • Timing: Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm Pacific

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PAYMENT

  • We offer sliding scale tuition and payment plans to make our courses as accessible as possible
  • Abundant Tuition: $600
  • Standard Tuition: $500
  • Resilient Tuition: $400
  • All amounts are in US dollars

SCHOLARSHIPS & DISCOUNTS

  • Group discounts and Diversity Scholarships available? Yes! Keep reading below

YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY

  • All are welcome. There are no prerequisites to this course
  • Permaculture Infrastructure is a required course for the Regenerative Land Management diploma

QUESTIONS? 

We are here for you. Please reach out at: support@earthactivisttraining.org

WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR? 

ABOUT THIS COURSE

 

Permaculture Infrastructure centers student understanding on the fundamentals of farm and ranch scale energy systems and waste management.

This course strives to provide practical answers to connect energy system design, maintenance, and management. Managing land ecologically is a resource-intense activisity that requires finding balance between consumption, ecological impact, and financial solvency.

 Students will gain tools and strategies for designing and managing the inputs and waste streams for their specific locations and situations. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Through presentations, exercises, and activities, students will learn to: 

  • Evaluate the needs and yields of a property
  • Loop waste streams back into feedstocks 
  • Incorporate recyclable products
  • Minimize the use of non-reusable materials

By the end of the course, students will know how to: 

  •  Identify appropriate renewable energy systems for their specific situations
  • Manage waste streams as a resource
  • Design infrastructure with reduced waste and more significant reuse potential

    COURSE SCHEDULE

    Here’s What You’ll
    Be Learning 

    • Class 1 – August 3: Material Evaluation and Building Design. How to evaluate the ecological impact of the building and design materials, inlcuding passive house design, natural building, and green building. How to design efficiently and  decrease waste. We will evaluate our buildings and systems through the lens of life cycle analysis (LCA), embodied energy, embodied carbon, and ecological footprint
      • Class 2 – August 10: Site Analysis and Energy Audit.  Deep dive into the three most common alternative energy systems: solar, wind, and microhydro. Students will learn how to conduct an energy audit and evaluate a site for potential energy generation, including performing cost-benefit analyses for alternative power generation
        • Class 3 – August 17: Energy Systems and How They Work. How to set up on- and off-grid systems. Basics of working with electricity and plumbing, including battery systems, and maintenance. Understanding the basics of solar energy (thermal and PV), methane digesters, biochar, and other off-grid technologies

           

            • Class 4 – August 24: Heating and Cooling; Plumbing and Wiring. Strategies for decision-making from passive to more complex systems. Students will learn how to evaluate a site and its heating and cooling systems, including wood stoves, boilers, district heating, and integrated heating systems 
              • Class 5 – August 31: Animal and Human Waste. Safe management and use of manure, urines, carcasses, and biosolids. Students will learn techniques for managing biological waste and how to safely cycle nutrients back onto the landscape. Together we will take a closer look at compost, vermiculture (composting with worms), biodigesters, hot pack beds, and manure spreading under the overall theme of systems design
                • Class 6 – September 7: Waste Stream Management at the Household and Community Levels. Focus on solid waste management. Class will encompass strategies for common waste streams and their management: reduction, repurposing, recycling, safe disposal, reclamation, salvaging, and compost techniques. Students will learn how to evaluate waste with a circular mindset and design systems to reduce waste production. Together we will study the systematic use and handling of community-scale solid waste: reclamation, salvage, compost, cascades, and carbonization

              MEET YOUR TEACHER

              Charles Williams, Lead Instructor

              Charles Williams is Earth Activist Training’s Program Director and lead teacher. A long-time permaculture educator and certified permaculture designer, Charles comes to Earth Activist Training through a love of the wild, faith that healthy communities can solve complex problems, and a belief that working with one’s hands is sacred work.

              Over the past two decades he has stewarded many pieces of land throughout the United States, including Diana’s Grove in Missouri, Farm & Wilderness summer camp in Vermont, and Starhawk’s Golden Rabbit Ranch in California. His approach simultaneously promotes the preservation of wild spaces and conservation of the domestic.

              His deep respect for and relationship with the divine in nature informs all he does, integrating spiritual practices with land management. Charles also understands the need for healthy community and knows that skilled human implementation is an essential part of any design. In these challenging times, he finds hope for the future through the interlocking, symbiotic relationship of spirit, community, and action.

              As an accomplished tinkerer Charles brings a wide range of practical and somewhat obscure hand skills. He has installed complex systems such as solar electric arrays, gray water filters, and veggie oil diesel conversions. He has implemented simple systems such as emergency water filtration, humanure composting toilets, and rotational grazing plans. He is talented in wilderness tracking, solo canoeing, gathering and tending wild edibles, starting fire by hand, and mapping. He loves to work with his hands, whether he is tanning hides or repairing a generator, and this love is reflected when he teaches EAT’s hands-on segments.

              Charles believes that no problems are unsolvable as long as we work together to develop and implement our plan effectively and honor the holy in our work.

              LEARN WITH CHARLES

              FUNDING YOUR EDUCATION

              SLIDING SCALE TUITION &
              PAYMENT PLANS 

              • Our goal is to increase accessibility for our paid trainings
              • We offer two payment options in order to meet our audience where they are: 1) a one-time sliding scale payment, and 2) a three-part payment plan
              • If you select the payment plan, you will pay an initial deposit of $250 and two monthly installments of $100 ($450 total). Our Student Support Team will assist you in setting up this process

              Every Abundant Tuition helps support a Diversity Scholarship.

              GROUP DISCOUNTS

              • Groups of 2-5 people – Discounts of $75 each ($425 total for each person) 
              • Groups of 6-10 people – Discounts of $100 off each ($400 total for each person)
              • Must register together and indicate you are a cohort 

              We are always here to help: support@earthactivisttraining.org

              DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS 

              • Earth Activist Training is committed to increasing the diversity of global permaculture and regenerative land movements
              • We recognize the history of this land called the United States and Canada and seek to do what we can to rectify the deep injustices and systems of inequity that formed and continue to shape society today

                Supported by your donations, a select number of pay-what-you-can Diversity Scholarships are available for Indigenous Peoples and Peoples of Color working in environmental and food justice.

              • These scholarships are pay-what-you-can with the recommended value of 50% of standard tuition ($250), but any amount will be accepted and appreciated

              YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY

              Permaculture Infrastructure is a required course of the Regenerative Land Management diploma program. 

              OUR NETWORK

              A core component of this course – and every Earth Activist Training course – is our private forum: Earth Activist Training Online network. This platform is where you will find course resources, your homework, and a network to connect with classmates and other Earth Activist students. 

              Recordings of each class will be available to you as a resource. You will have access to the course for a year after the course ends should you want to deepen your understanding of the material.

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