Permaculture Research Institute

The Center for Sustainable Living will be bringing a Permaculture Film Festival and an Introduction to Permaculture workshop to Northfield! Guy Trombley and Paula Westmoreland of the Permaculture Research Institute, Cold Climate will be presenting these events on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

Permaculture is defined as “the conscious design and maintenance of productive ecosystems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”

Both the film festival and Introduction to Permaculture Class will be designed for a wide audience in Northfield, including gardeners, farmers, city planners, civic leaders, and persons and organizations interested in economic viability, environmental protection, and community well-being. This is a vital and exciting time in the history of Northfield. With proposals for a non-motorized transportation commission, trail expansions, a proposed greenway corridor, and the preparation for a city-wide Comprehensive Plan, we at The Center for Sustainable Living feel that this will be a wonderful opportunity for individuals and organizations to be inspired to think in terms of designing our working and living environment in a way that uses the natural world to enhance yields, share abundances, and critically care for people and the Earth.


Permaculture Film Festival
– Friday, April 20 – 6:30pm – 9pm
Co-sponsored by the St. Olaf Environmental Coalition
Room 515, Rolvaag Memorial Library
St. Olaf College (Campus Map)
FREE and open to the public

Introduction to Permaculture Class – Saturday, April 21 – 9am – 5pm
Conference Room, 801 Hwy 3 North (blue office building across from Dairy Queen)
Northfield, MN
Registration is Required – $75 per person, $40 students/seniors, $95 “couples” rate

Space is limited – Registration Deadline is Friday, April 13

For more information, please download the Introduction to Permaculture Flyer and Class Registration Form, or email

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