Introduction to Permaculture Workshop - ifarm LLC
page-template-default,page,page-id-24072,theme-bridge,bridge-core-1.0.6,qode-quick-links-2.0,woocommerce-no-js,tribe-no-js,ctct-bridge,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,vertical_menu_enabled,side_area_uncovered_from_content,footer_responsive_adv,columns-3,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-18.2,qode-theme-bridge,disabled_footer_top,qode_header_in_grid,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.0.5,vc_responsive

Introduction to Permaculture Workshop


Introduction to Permaculture Workshop

Length: 2.5 hours

Group Price: $400

Season: May 1st to October 15th

Capacity: 30 people

Location: Gardens and Grounds

In this workshop, ifarm’s head permaculturist will teach your group how to apply permaculture principles that can make any garden more productive, more resource efficient, and less labor-intensive.


Workshop Topics will include:

  • How to design a garden (of any size) to mimic a forest, which conserves water, captures light on multiple levels, resists disease, develops a healthy soil, and sustains itself with little input from humans.
  • Where to locate a garden (reading the passage of the sun, wind exposure, water dynamics).
  • How to read the soil composition (sand, rock, loam, clay, etc) and how to rehabilitate soils for specific goals.
  • Simple tools for boosting your soil biota (bacteria and fungi) via sheet mulching, companion planting, cover cropping, and “weed” management, so your plants have healthy immune systems to deal with pests and diseases.
  • How (and why) to stop tilling your soil.
  • How to make beautiful compost and compost tea.
  • Practical information on plant “guilds” (companion plant combinations) that thrive in New England and bring benefits to the whole garden.
  • Planting for pollinators.
  • Cheap, efficient strategies to repel deer.


The workshop will begin with a presentation in our restored carriage house on the practical methods and ideas of permaculture. Following the presentation, we will take a tour of ifarm’s organic permaculture gardens. The group will see showcases of various principles and methods that are present in the garden. You will have a chance to be part of a hands-on demonstration of sheet-mulching a garden bed, which is an essential permaculture skill for increasing soil health. At the end of the workshop, we will have time for specific Q/A.


Please note that you can request to learn more about specific topics (such as soil health or “weed” management) within the program. We can also add an extra half hour to the program (at additional cost) if you wish to tour the barn, hoop house, compost system, and herb processing facilities.

Introduction to Permaculture


For more information, contact the Function Manager, Nick Shrewsbury, at 978.887.0878 or the email below