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July 18, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU's Macoskey Center hosts permaculture design workshop

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research will host a three-hour "Introduction to Permaculture Design" workshop beginning at 9 a.m., Aug. 23, at the center.

The Macoskey Center, begun in 1987, will serve as a model for the program.

Darrell Frey owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm and Nursery, a permaculture market garden farm, will be the instructor.

Frey has been a permaculture design professional since 1986 and is the author of "Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm."

The center's sustainable systems include gardens, an edible landscape, natural building methods, LED-certified building design and renewable energy systems. The center has used permaculture practices is its guide in the design and development of it facilities as a holistic and organic system.

Participants will learn the principles and practices of permaculture and see firsthand how they have been applied at the center.

Cost of the workshop is $25 and pre-registration is required. For details and registration information call 724.738.4050.

Fran Bires is the center's director.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.