InstructorRob Czernik (Lead course facilitator) has been involved in urban farming and social movements in Minneapolis for over two decades.
He graduated from PRI-Cold Climate’s inaugural Urban Farmer Certification in 2012, studied permaculture with Wayne Weisman in 2013, both with SLP SEEDS Founder, Julie Rappaport, plus he earned his most recent Teacher Training Certificate with Jude Hobbs in July of 2018.
As the course facilitator, he brings a diverse and eclectic mix of instructors and classroom sites to this Urban PDC course, and focuses on the intersectionality of food and social change.
Rob is the owner of Powderhorn Feed Co., which provides whole grain feed and education to urban chicken keepers.
With Bill Busse and Leslie Kaup of the Center for Deep Ecology, he co-founded the he co-founded the Gathering of the Guilds Midwest Permaculture Convergence, a yearly community created permaculture event. 
He has mentored under Dan Halsey, and his influences include the work of Pandora Thomas, Rosemary Murrow, Jude Hobbs, and David Holmgren.

Usually, a 10 day intensive in-person course, is made more accessible! SLP SEEDS & Big River Permaculture are teaming up to do a hybrid online/in-person course to get your Permaculture Design Certification. 

The course will be broken up over 5 weekend, 1 day will be in person 9am-5pm, and the other will be online work. (If things with COVID change, this may as well.) Classes will be based in St. Louis Park. We will be doing many hands on activities, and may have guests are bring particular expertise to the topics. Some of the yearly getting-dirty projects may include building compost and worm bins, inoculating mushroom beds and logs, building garden beds, indoor growing, planting trees and veggies, making plant medicine and compost tea. The direction of these projects are largely determined by class participants and their interests and desires. One of the most invaluable takeaways is the opportunity to study, practice, and learn with other people who are passionate about Permaculture, urban farming, social justice, and community. 

A PDC course is an introduction to many different fields and topics and many people find their permaculture jam and go on to study soil, water, gardening, seeds, or bees. They make compost tea, sell cut flowers, and raise plants and trees in their nursery. All have come away with a new sense of possibility, a feeling of empowerment, and expanded skillsets and networks to create a better world. 

Interested? Class starts September 19th, and there are still some spots available. In the spirit of Fair Share, we are offering a pay-what-you-can scale of $600-$1000 for the class. Work-trade is available, payment plan options available, and full scholarships available to St. Louis Park Residents (non-residents may qualify to be put on the full scholarship waiting list). 

Priority spots for those who register before August 3rd. Final date to register is September 8th. 

**Note class size will be limited so that we are able to maintain proper social distancing and everyone will be required to wear a mask while we are together. **


DUE TO LARGER INTEREST THAN WE EXPECTED, this is an application and if there are more than 15, we will have to choose either by date applied or other criteria such as adult vs youth, or number of scholarships, or other such choices. We will let each person know individually. YOU MAY BE REQUESTED TO INTERVIEW.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to be introduced to the possibility of permaculture as a tool for social and personal transformation. Big River’s Urban PDC brought together the practical and the visionary, the innovative and the inspirational. Recommended for anyone who wants to enact change for the greater good.”- CW 2013 PDC Participant

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