About my Teaching

Citrus Hill

Citrus, nitrogen fixers, and protected avocados

I’ve been teaching at Merritt College in Oakland, CA for over 10 years. Merritt College is proud to be one of the first community colleges in the nation to offer a certificate in Permaculture Design. Our two-year program provides students with a firm understanding of sustainable design principles, while our 7.5 acre campus gives them the space to put those principles into practice.

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Backyard food and trellis

Two semesters of Permaculture Design courses make up the core of the curriculum. Courses meet once a week, and the half lecture and half practical format allows students ample time for hands-on experience in organic farming, natural building and water harvesting techniques.

To achieve a Certificate in Permaculture Design, students can choose from a wide array of courses offered by the Landscape Horticulture Department that reflect their particular interests in the field of sustainable design. These include Natural Building, Mushroom Cultivation, Landscape Design and many others.