The PDC Class of 2008

The PDC Class of 2008

And the goofy picture....

And the goofy picture....

2008 Spring Weekend Intensive Permaculture Design Certification (PDC)

This was our first class, held over 7 long weekends with 20 Certified Graduates and 6 more attendees. Our core teaching crew of Braden Trauth, Ande Schewe, Suellyn Shupe and Mary Lu Lageman are still with us. We had several guest teachers as well including David Rosenburg, one of the first organic farmers in Ohio, Charles Griffin who has helped launch many local organic farm and Peter Bane, Author of the Permaculture Handbook and former publisher of Permaculture Activist Magazine, now Permaculture Design Magazine. Most of the graduates from this class are very active in the local green Cincinnati scene in many different ways, including many farmers with local organic farms.

The PDC Class of 2009

The PDC Class of 2009

Students visiting a load baring passive solar strawbale shed

Students visiting a load baring passive solar strawbale shed

2009 Winter Weekend Intensive PDC

Our second Annual Winter Weekend PDC was a great success, held at locations as varied as Gorman Heritage Farm, Imago in the Enright Urban Ecovillage and Red Sunflower Farm in Northern Kentucky. It had 10 graduates and 1 attendee, many of which have become leaders in the local and even national movement, including Author of the recently published  "The Suburban MicroFarm - Modern Solutions for Busy People" - Amy Stross. There were also leaders such as Doug Weber of Mudfoot Farm, John Hemmerle of Our Land Organics and Chris Cox, another local permaculture star. We also had Doug Crouch of TreeYo Permaculture join us as well as Sakina Grome, former Office Manager and Board Member of the Permaculture Research Institute and Sam Dunlap, now founder of Waterfields Micro-greens join us for the first time.

2010 Winter Weekend Intensive PDC

This class was a great one as we moved into the new OM Valley Home, allowing us to integrate more hands on, building brush contours to accelerate hillside stabilization, and a lasagna garden at OM Valley Permaculture's Site. It graduated another 14 Certified Graduates and 2 attendees. We also expanded our teaching crew, integrating more teachers, bringing in more expertise to increase the quality of our courses and ultimately our graduates. 

2010 Fall Weekend Intensive PDC

Our only Fall Weekend Intensive PDC (Fall is just too beautiful and busy to take a permaculture class, we've learned!), coming at the peak of Great Recession was a great bunch of students, many who have gone on to lead some great impacts. It had 12 Graduates and 3 attendees which included Michelle Anderson, Owner of Flourish Design, Dale Murray, Former Director of the School of Design at the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at University of Cincinnati and Co-Founder of CPI, Chris Smyth, Sustainability Coordinator of Price Hill Will and now current teacher with CPI amongst many great students who have gone on to be great practitioners and advocates. This class was held at Urban and rural sites including many of our standard locations but also including Wind Dance Farm in Dillsborough, IN.

Winter 2011 Weekend Intensive PDC

This course, headed up by a core teaching team of Sam Dunlap (Co-founder of Waterfields Microgreens), Doug Crouch of Treeyo Permaculture & Crouch's Treasure Lake, Braden Trauth and Kat Grover. We graduated 14 graduates from this course. It had some great students in it, including current Board Member and teacher, Susan Vonderhaar, who has her Master's in Biology, and Wade Johnston, current Regional Trails Coordinator for Cincinnati at Green Umbrella. It also included Patrick Sherwin, who met his co-conspirators in class, Matt Gillespie & Nate Maggard in the launch of what's now become the world's largest Solar Cooking Company, GoSun Stove. GoSun stoves are the most efficient source of commercially renewable cooking heat, outside of wood. Patrick & Matt periodically teach the energy section in our PDC courses. You can learn more about their stoves at


Winter 2012 Weekend Intensive PDC

Our 2012 class added to the class schedule, former student, Gretchen Vaughn's Greensleeves farm. We also added the Enright Ridge CSA Greenhouse, which was recently refurbished. It was one of our smaller classes, totaling 8 students and 1 attendee, however that didn't reduce its impact. In that class we had many great students including Luke and Angela Ebner of the Permaganic Eco-Garden and Co-Founders of Permaganic Authenticated, the world's first Permaculture/Regenerative Farm Certification. You can learn more at: or It also included Trudy Chambers, formerly of Green Acres Farm and Israel Hensley who, him and his wife went on to build their 1200 sq. ft. earthship on their 60 acre farm in Norther Kentucky. 

Natural/Earthship Building Workshop

Winter 2013 Weekend Intensive PDC

Cincinnati Regional Permaculture Home, Garden & Farm Tour

Winter 2014 Weekend Intensive PDC

International Development Training

Winter 2015 Weekend Intensive PDC

Rocket Mass Heater Construction Workshop

Year Long PDC 2015-16

Winter 2016 Weekend Intensive PDC

Year Long PDC 2016-17

2017 Cincinnati Regional Permaculture Convergence

2017 Midwest Permaculture Convergence

Year Long PDC 2017-18

Permaculture Orchard Retrofit at Gorman Heritage Farm

Winter 2018 Weekend Intensive PDC