One Day Workshops and Classes

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Fall 2020 One Day Workshops and Classes

Introduction to Growing Food at Home – Sunday, October 4th, 2020 – Taught on-line via Zoom   

websize-la-oeste-garden-1 The future of sustainable agriculture will be in small to medium scale organic food gardens grown right in and around our cities. In this virtual workshop, you will learn about desert adapted food production strategies such as sunken garden beds, self-watering containers, edible native plants (desert food forests). We will learn together how to increase your garden’s health, production, and nutrient value, using an integrated system of composting, vermiculture, mulch, companion plant selection, and irrigation to improve fertility, structure, and life in your soil. We will discuss how to produce food with minimum water use and how to troubleshoot some of the most common challenges in our area such as  pest management, hot and cold weather and where to find what we need to start growing our food now.

Location: Online – the link for joining the class will be sent to you one week before class date along with a message from the instructor.  Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM – Cost: $35 – class includes an optional fall selection seed package and additional online educational materials. Taught by Erick Meza, Farm Education Coordinator at Las Milpitas Community Farm. See the registration info at the bottom of this page or contact Dan at to register.

Social Permaculture in Practice – Saturday, Oct 17th, 2020 – Taught on-line via Zoom

How are permaculture ethics, principles, and natural patterns used in the design of our social, cultural, economic, and political systems? How could these foundations of permaculture design be applied not just for designing landscapes and buildings, but also social practices among your coworkers, friends, and family? In this dynamic workshop, participants will learn from real examples of social permaculture in action, practice using permaculture design tools in developing and evaluating social structures, and gain practical tools for applying permaculture in their own social practices. Working together with the instructor and in small groups, participants will practice redesigning social structures to better take care of people and the earth. Participants will leave with concrete next steps for modifying their own social structures following design principles of permaculture.

Location: Online – the link for joining the class will be sent to you one week before the class date along with a message from the instructors.  Time: 1pm to 3:30pm – Cost: $35 – includes digital handouts provided prior to class. Class size is limited to 12 participants – Taught by Barbara Rose and Leona Davis. See the registration info at the bottom of this page or contact Dan at 

Food and Drink Fermentation at Home – Sunday, November 8th, 2020 – Taught on-line via Zoom

 In this fun workshop, we’ll go through 3000 years of fermentation history, as we make sauerkraut, kimchi, various drinks like hard apple cider, wines, and meads, no to low alcoholic soft drinks, as well as sourdough starter, breads, vinegars and other ferments. We’ll learn how to create and enjoy these delicious and healthy fermented foods in the home, using just the common beneficial yeasts and bacteria  that are already floating around in the air or on the food and simple containers you already have in your kitchen. No special equipment or starters are required! This workshop will show you how to make fermented food and drinks using techniques going back hundreds and even thousands of years. We’ll also talk about the historical story behind these ferments. Fermentation has been used to create delicious complex flavors, prevent and treat disease, preserve, create human culture, and free up additional nutrients in food and drink for thousands of years.

Location: Online – the link for joining the class will be sent to you one week before the class date along with a message from the instructor.  – Time: 9AM to 12 PM – Cost: $59 – includes step by step how to class handouts  – Class size is limited to 12 participants – Taught by SPG Lead Teacher Dan Dorsey. See the registration info at the bottom of this page or contact Dan at

Natural Building and Passive Solar Design – Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 – Taught on-line via Zoom

This class emphasizes integrated design of our homes and getting back in touch with the patterns of nature, so we  can make design decisions that are in tune with the environment. We’ll discuss how using natural building materials and good passive solar design principles can help make our living environments more healthy and comfortable, and save us money on utility bills. We will cover both designing a new home to be built and also how to retrofit an existing home and landscape.

Location: Online – the link for joining the class will be sent to you one week before the class date along with a message from the instructor.    Time: 9AM to 12:30 PM – Cost: $59 – includes step by step how to class handouts. Class size is limited to 12 participants – Taught by SPG Lead Teacher Dan Dorsey. See the registration info at the bottom of this page or contact Dan at dorsey@dakotacom


Registration Info for workshops and classes

How do I register for a one day or half day class?

You are registered for a class or workshop when we receive your payment in full. There are three ways to pay and register. Remember if the workshop header says to register through a co-sponsor, use the directions in the description of the workshop instead of these.

1. By Mail – Checks and money orders can be made to Sonoran Permaculture Guild LLC. Please mail only checks and money orders (no cash) to: Sonoran Permaculture Guild, c/o Dan Dorsey 221 E. Linden Tucson, AZ 85705. Include your return address, e-mail, and phone number, and we will send you an e-receipt or phone call confirming your registration

2. In Person – You can travel to our office and drop off a money order or check made to Sonoran Permaculture Guild LLC, or cash, and give it to Dan Dorsey, the SPG registrar, and a receipt will be issued to you at that time. Please E-mail or call 520-624-8030 to schedule a time before you travel here to make sure someone is in the office. Our office is one and a half miles north of downtown Tucson.

3. By Credit Card – online registration

1. Click on the ‘Buy Now’ button on this page.
2. When it takes you to the secure PayPal site, where it says ‘Purchase Details’, type the name of the workshop(s) or course you want to take – Example: ‘Bee Keeping’. In the ‘Item Price’ Box, put in the amount you are sending – Example: ‘$250’, then click on the ‘Continue’ button.
3. This will take you to a page where you are given the option of paying with your PayPal account or with a credit or debit card. If using a credit or debit card, click on the ‘Pay with debit or credit card’ link.
4. Enter your Credit or Debit card info and press the ‘Pay Now’ button.
If this process doesn’t work, you can give our office a call, and we’ll enter your info on-line to complete the transaction. Call Dan, the registrar, at 520-624-8030

If after I register and pay what if I need to cancel?

Our refund policy is as follows: Up to three weeks before the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 refund and processing fee. Up to ten days before the class you will receive one half of the class fee as a refund. If you cancel after ten days before the class date, there is no refund, but if you let us know you are cancelling at least two days before the workshop, we will give you some partial credit to use toward a future class. If the class you are signed up for is full with a waiting list, and we can fill your cancelled spot, you will receive a full refund minus a $5 processing fee up to the day of the class.

Can I get college credit or continuing education credit for taking any of these classes?

Some of our participants have been college students, and they have worked with their departments at the University of Arizona, Prescott College, and Pima Community College to obtain independent study credit for taking our courses and classes. It is up to the individual student to work out the arrangements with his or her college or department for credit. Other participants have been able to take continuing education credits for our workshops and classes, but again it is up to the participant to work out the arrangements with their certifying organization.

What if I have additional questions about what to expect in the classes?

Call or e-mail the course registrar at