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The Open Hearth Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) is organized by the folks of Land by Hand exploring the resilient culture, communities, & skills of the Upper Midwest bioregion through an entire growing season; cultivating leaders of the next generation to continue this beautiful story…

Open = Receiving, Adaptable, Loving, Growing, Mobile
Hearth =
Hear + Heart + Earth + Art = Home = a place to gather, cook, eat & share

Guided by an Open Source Learning model, our PDC taps into the wisdom and experience of our local neighbors, businesses, artists, farmers & storytellers. The connecting thread of our program will be the three ethics of Permaculture: Earth Care, People Care, & Fair Share.


“We know how to solve every food, clean energy, & sensible shelter problem in every climate. We have access to every biological material that we could ever use. The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange for their own food, energy, & shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves.” – Bill Mollison

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