Intro to Permaculture & Food Forest Design



Length: 7 weeks

When: Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 PM starting Feb. 15th, 2023

Where: New Brunswick College of Craft and Design at 457 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB, Canada.

Cost: $319 CAD (or $275 early bird pricing before Dec. 15th!)


Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

• explain the difference between the regenerative and sustainable paradigms,

• apply the permaculture principles and ethics to their own lives,

• apply the permaculture design process and tools to create abundance,

• and design either a small guild for a particular site, or an entire food forest.


Course overview

  • Introduction
    • Climate Paradigms
    • Permaculture Principles and Ethics
  • Permaculture Tools
    • Patterns
    • Yeomans’ Scale of Permanence
    • Needs & Yields
    • Zones & Sector Analysis
  • Forest Gardens
    • Introduction
    • Plants & their Functions
  • Design Process
    • Goal Articulation
    • Site Analysis & Assessment
    • Design
      • Design Concept
      • Schematic Design
      • Patch & Guild Design
    • Implementation
    • Design Evaluation
  • Conclusion
    • Sharing our designs
    • What’s next?


“Thank you, Andrew, for this terrific learning experience! It’s life changing, truly.”

Janice Wright-Cheney (Instructor, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design)

“I was interested in learning more about Permaculture and food forest systems but was feeling overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start.

Through Honeybee Folk School I signed up for the Intro to Permaculture class with Andrew Mathis from Oasis Farmery.

Throughout the 7 week class Andrew taught us about permaculture, design, and food forest systems. He took us on field trips and guided us through the steps to transform our own spaces into abundant food forests. He encouraged us to get to know our own spaces on a deeper level, to create clear goals and vision statements, and finally to concrete designs. The information he shared was easily followed, understood, digestible, and he always included extra supplemental learning that we could look at in between classes. His enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for this subject made learning interesting and fun.

I left this program feeling confident in my new knowledge and my ability to apply what I have learned to create my own food forest system that will benefit many for years to come.”

Julie Zaat

“This course was wonderful! It felt like a great step forward in learning, with lots of inspiration and ideas, and useful resources to use going forward.  Andrew did a great job of creating a warm and welcoming environment and fostering each of our learning. It was apparent that he had put a lot of thought and preparation into delivering this course.  Through working on our own projects, and site visits, we were able to observe and try out elements of the permaculture design process. Meeting Andrew and the other participants was a highlight, as they are also interested in growing plants and building communities and regenerating land. This coming growing season, I look forward to implementing the design developed for our property, and hope there are ongoing opportunities to connect with this new group of friends and the broader permaculture community. It was a pleasure to take part in this class!”

Ryan Brennan