Our Fabulous Course Locations

Cavanagh Community Food Forest: The first public food forest in Northern California, the Cav as it’s affectionately known, is brimming with fruit, habitat, and community. This relatively small garden replaced a thirsty lawn, and now boasts 22 fruit trees, two types of rain tanks, swale trails, and a bounty of other edible, medicinal, and habitat-providing plants while saving 65,000 gallons of water per year. This was the first phase of a continuing partnership between Daily Acts and the City of Petaluma, which has since served as a model to bring Permaculture into our civic spaces all over the county.

Open Field Farm: The fine folks at Open Field raise grass fed beef, lovingly cared for pork, pastured eggs, chickens, and turkeys, and a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, dry beans, corn, flowers, and small grains. All of their food is distributed through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which we highly recommend joining! They use all organic and biodynamic practices, and foster a positive relationship between the farmers, the members, and the land while continuing to improve the farm ecosystem.

SRJC Petaluma: The food forest and outdoor classroom at the Petaluma campus of the Santa Rosa Junior College were designed and installed by a PDC group from 2014/2015! You’ll get to see the possibilities for bringing a PDC project to life, as well as be part of designing the next phase of transformation at the SRJC. They have rain tanks ready for installment, and the rest is awaiting your ideas…

Monkey Ranch: The picturesque rolling oak savannas of Monkey Ranch are maintained by rotationally grazed sheep that are part of a regenerative agriculture movement happening throughout the county. Wildlife and fun shenanigans abound at Monkey Ranch, and it is the perfect playground to let your design imagination run wild.

Salmon Creek School: Set among towering redwoods, this progressive school features the first LEED platinum natural school building in California, as well as a huge garden that feeds the cafeteria. The 6th grade class there is even taking part in their own PDC! This is a great opportunity to learn about natural building, green education models, and thoughtful use of public institutions for bringing about a permaculture-inspired paradigm shift.

The Permaculture Skills Center: The Permaculture Skills Center is a 5-acre demonstration site and educational institution dedicated to sharing regenerative land development and management practices, especially focusing on vocational training for advanced permaculture. The site is also home to PSC’s sister company, the design build firm Permaculture Artisans. Rainwater catchment, composting systems, greywater, food forests, polyculture veggie farming, a new habitat and swimming pond, and a cob pizza oven which will fire us through our delicious graduation party.