The Daniel Academy (TDA), a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade private school in South Kansas City, is an active permaculture test site and case study. This site began using permaculture design methods to transition their existing commercial landscape around 2010, and has been on a fast-track course to pioneering the use of permaculture in midwest education.
Permaculture at The Daniel Academy
As a permaculture test site, TDA has been hosting yearly gardening courses for 7-12th grade students, and in 2016 hosted its first Permaculture Design Certification Course (PDC). As a test site, there are several models of permaculture related designs taking place on one property. Each of these has a direct connection to the students, classrooms, and families that the school serves.
The downloadable document below gives an example of a permaculture design project focused on the educational sphere. This design was developed by Kris Edler in 2014 and presented to the school for adaptation and implementation. It gives a historical summary of the 18.5 acre property, a current site analysis, and a few project ideas to launch them into 3, 5, and 20 year planning. The project proposal includes everything from the use of late spring foliar spray methods to long-term building proposals and capital investments.
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This permaculture test site and case study is a great way to find out what works in Kansas City with our extreme weather fluctuations, as well as provide inspiration for other local projects. For those interested in implementing permaculture into education, it serves as an excellent case study to use for adaptation in your own systems. Finally, the document below is one possible approach to how to do a permaculture design project for your own PDC. If you know of other test sites for permaculture in Kansas City, or would like your own site to be featured our website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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