University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies will host Wayne Weiseman, founder and director of The Permaculture Project, for a presentation on the basics of permaculture, plant guilds and forest gardening Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Carole Weinstein International Center Commons. Integrated Forest Gardening: An Evening with Wayne Weiseman is free and open to the public.

Permaculture principles guide the creation of holistic systems that include and benefit both landscapes and people. The Permaculture Project is a consulting and educational business that promotes land and structure designs based on the self-sustaining and ecological principles of permaculture.

“Because each element in a landscape or the built environment affects every other element at a site, we believe that a complete, comprehensive assessment is tantamount to develop healthy, productive, energy efficient relationships between elements for the benefit of everyone” said Weiseman.

Weiseman is also the director of education at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture, an educational organization that teaches advanced, applied permaculture. He also serves as a member of the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America, a national certifying organization for permaculture designers.

Weiseman’s lecture precedes a new Permaculture Design certificate course starting in February. SPCS is teaming up with The Shenandoah Permaculture Institute to offer this 72-hour program.

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