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Permaculture Homestead Design: How to Assess and Plan Your Sustainable Homestead

June 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Wildside Cottage and Gardens
37 Fisher Place Road
Conway, MA

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $54 General Public - $67 

*add $5 for walk-ins

Limited scholarships are available for beginning farmers (those growing 10 or less years) who are active NOFA/Mass members. To apply please click here.  


The work of building the dream homestead starts well before the first garden is dug or the greenhouse is built. Creating an efficient and flourishing home and garden, one that yields abundantly but needs few inputs, requires skillful planning. Each element must intelligently connect with every other element in the system.

This workshop, led by permaculture designer, author, and teacher Jono Neiger, will equip you with the design tools to make wise decisions on your current or future homestead.

Jono will discuss what you should look for (and look out for) when searching for land. We’ll explore how to read the land and think through where to site the home, roads, drainage, productive zones, and other important infrastructure.

Using Wildside Cottage and Gardens, a ten-year-old homestead and community center, as a model of sustainable design, we’ll analyze different water, food, and home systems and how they connect with each other, including greywater systems, water catchments, composting toilets, root cellars, and solar panels.

About the Instructor:

Jono Neiger is a founding principle of Regenerative Design Group, with over 28 years of professional experience in permaculture, ecological land design, site planning, community development, agroforestry, land management, conservation and restoration. Jono teaches widely around the Northeast and Southeast at colleges, workshops, and conferences on the topics of permaculture, ecological design, and sustainable water use. He holds a faculty position at the Conway School of Landscape Planning and Design, and is the founding Board President of the Permaculture Association of the Northeast (PAN). He is the author of The Permaculture Promise.

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