PRI's Farming Programs

Want to learn how permaculture can regenerate your lifestyle and livelihood? PRI Cold Climate offers three season-long programs designed to build your knowledge, skills, confidence and experience in permaculture design and local food production. Learn how you can get involved today!

Applications for our 2015 Urban Farming Certification Program are now open!  Click HERE to apply today..

 XAWRUvgKIuk2RU8uE RmYm5INSNabVeIlSfWXHwKefwOur Urban Farming Certification Program is a permaculture-based, comprehensive 9 month training program that weaves  together classroom work, individual mentoring, and hands-on practical farming experience and will certify 25 new farmers  in 2014. Whether you’re ready to start your own urban CSA or small business, hoping to teach, become a local foods      leader, or simply looking to ensure healthy food to your neighbors and family, we invite you to join us by applying today!    Click HERE to learn more, or the link below to apply!

Applications for our 2015 Apprenticeship Program are now open!  Click HERE to apply today.

Not sure if you're ready to design and manage your own urban farm next year? Check out PRI Cold Climate’s Apprenticeship Program! This new 10-month experience provides 200 hours of work experience with a PRI certified farm in and around the Twin Cities. Apprentices work alongside permaculture-based farmers in everything from greenhouses, to gardens, and farm fields, as well as attend lectures, demonstrations, and foundational skill building classes through PRI’s course programming. Click HERE to learn more, or the link below to apply today!

Applications for our 2015 Advanced Series are now open! Apply today! 
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Our Whole Systems Design program is an advanced permaculture series ideal for those who have existing design experience. This is a unique opportunity to develop your skills in the art and science of adaptive and holistic permaculture design, under the guidance of experienced mentors. Graduates will emerge from these courses with the tools to find innovative solutions to complex problems in any system: ie: land & nature stewardship, building, tools, and technology, education & culture, health & spiritual well-being, finances & economics, land tenure, and community governance. This carefully-curated series of courses will explore the ecological context we now live in, develop pattern and observation skills, and improve your ability to design solutions by mimicking natural systems using permaculture principles. Together with your cohort, you’ll deepen your design skills through classroom learning, field trips, working in small groups, and examining working permaculture-inspired sites.  




In 2010, PRI launched the Twin Cities’ first Urban Farming Certification Program to meet the increased demand for local foods by training urban farmers in organic, sustainable, and high-production agriculture. This groundbreaking program plays an invaluable and unique role in our community by providing accessible, comprehensive training in permaculture and organic growing principles that builds greater food security for region. The Urban Farming Certification Program is specifically designed to provide urban farmers with the unique knowledge required for driving innovation within the growing urban farming market.  After successfully training and launching fifteen new urban farmers in 2011, PRI expanded its Certification Program to include twenty-five new urban farmers in 2012 and provide more than sixty workshops, engaging more local communities than ever before. We look forward to our next season and invite you to join us today!

Not sure if you’re ready for certification? Looking for hands-on guidance throughout the growing season next year by season urban farmers? In response to these and similar concerns, in 2013, PRI launched its very first Apprenticeship Program. Applications for this program in 2015 are now open. To learn more about our apprenticeship program click HERE.



Information & Resources

  • Urban Farming Resources

    PRI Cold Climate works to build the capacity of our urban farmers. Whether you are working as an urban farmer or simply growing your own fresh foods in your backyard, PRI will continue to provide as much education and resources as possible for urban growers throughout the year.

  • Regional Connections

    PRI is a regional non-profit, and as such, we want to support the good work that is happening in cold climates all over the world, particularly in the upper-Midwest (which we call home.) Below are some updates from local permaculture initiatives that definitely deserve your support. If you are in these areas, please check them out!  Want your events added below? Email LibbyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your info listed. Located in or near the Twin Cities? Check out our Community Connections page for local updates.



    INHABIT explores the many environmental and agricultural issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture'. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.

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