According to the organizers:
This is a 2 session course.
Monday June 5 & 12 from 7pm-9pm
Modern farming is built for monocultures with its large scale machines dispersing synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and the collateral destruction of biodiversity and seasonal harvesting. Permaculture is agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient, leveraging biodiversity instead of destroying it. How can we design systems that address the individual needs of permaculture ecosystems at the scale of monocultures? How can we combine the ancient and analog practices of using biologicals (soil microbes, fungi, bio-pesticides) with newer scientific methodologies and technologies to maximize our food yields without sacrificing taste and health benefits and not destroy our planet in the process?
In this class we will look at speculative and ecosystem design, biotechnologies related to agriculture, top down and bottom up design and the scalability of these systems and practices. Students will work on small design-build projects that incorporate elements of contemporary technologies, current science and applicable methods of observation and analysis into centuries old practices of biodiversity and permaculture. We’ll also be workshopping with some Mars grade soil designed NASA’s jet propulsion lab to imagine other paradigms of food futures.