Permaculture and Design Blog

urban horticulture (lower division)

Students in this course will build raised beds, plant and harvest produce for the school kitchen;  learn to construct and operate the greenhouse; and study growing seasons, seed-saving and propagation, grafting, irrigation and water management, pest and weed control.  (taught by Michael Bagesse)

Urban Horticulture (upper division)

In this class students will study the watersheds on site and regionally, create project on-site maps, continue to create and maintain the Sky Islands’ water conservation earthworks, write and submit a grant for the class project, work with the grant budget and maintain recordkeeping.  (taught by Michael Bagesse)

Restoration Ecology (upper division)

Students will design and build a restored habitat as part of grant with the Audubon Society and funded by Arizona Game and Fish.  Restoration ecology refers to the scientific study and recovery or restoration of the health and sustainability of an ecosystem.  The practice of ecological restoration in this class will take place in the SW corner on the school site and will include a wide scope of projects: water harvesting and erosion control, reforestation, removal of non-native species and weeds, revegetation of disturbed areas, reintroduction of native species, as well as habitat improvement for targeted species–in this case a bird habitat.  (taught by Allie Silber and Michael Bagesse)

Innovative Design

Hands-on course centered around the design process and engineering concepts. Develop skills in research and analysis, teamwork, technical writing, engineering graphics, and problem-solving through activity-, project-, and problem-based learning. Students will use the design process to build structures and understand how criteria, constraints, and processes affect design solutions. Course topics will include brainstorming, designing, sketching, constructing, testing, and refining designs while applying math, science, and technology knowledge to solve engineering design problems and communicate solutions. (taught by Allie Silber)