Austin Permaculture

An Austin area journey in developing an abundant and sustainable landscape.

An Introduction


Thank you for visiting my site.

My name is Kalon Kalman, but I go by KC.  I made this site to follow my permaculture journey.  I first learned about permaculture from Jack Spirko with  Jack has a solutions based podcast that teaches people to be self-reliant.  Jack partnered with Geoff Lawton to teach an online PDC (Permaculture Design Course).  I took the online PDC In May 2013 and completed it at the end of September 2013.  I was very excited to receive my certification mid-October 2013.


I live just north of Austin on a 5 acre homestead.  I first purchased the land in February 2012.  In September 2012 I started to build the house and it was completed in April 2013.  After I moved in I started to tame the land.  The landscape was very damaged from overgrazing and burn piles.  After receiving my certification I felt confident in applying this knowledge in designing and repairing my property.  This website will serve as a log to chronicle my experiences.

In gaining my certification as a Permaculture Design Consultant, I now have the knowledge to help other people.  I can now design properties into abundance.  Imagine the freedom enjoyed by people able to grow their own food.

2 thoughts on “An Introduction

  1. Hello Kalon.
    I too follow Jack’s podcast and have been inspired to start blogging and gardening. I wanted to ask you about your experience with the online PDC. Given that it’s online, did it have a hands-on component as homework on ones own property? Did it include any earth works? I appreciate your input.

    You have a nice web site. How far north are you from Austin? I didn’t know you could still get acreage near Austin. UT is my alma mater. I currently find myself in DFW.

    • Jose-

      The online PDC was very informative. It fit well with my lifestyle and work environment. I work about 11 hours a day so I was able to watch/listen to the PDC in the background and then re-watch what I wanted to review when I wanted. There wasn’t homework, per se, but you could take what you learned and apply it on your property. You did have the ability to ask questions and then Geoff would do a Q&A session that you could watch after they produced it. He has an excellent support staff and a professional presentation.

      The online course has an earthworks section as it is taught from the Permaculture Designer’s Manual. As an added bonus, Geoff released his Earthworks Course video series that you had full access to. This added a visual learning experience that I benefited greatly from.

      I live on the outskirts of Austin. There are several outlying towns: Cedar Park, Leander, Liberty Hill, Taylor, Georgetown and Round Rock. There is acreage, but you have to look hard for it. I currently live about 15 miles north of Austin and I have lived in Austin almost my whole life.

      Thank you so much for the visit to my site and your kind words. Glad to meet you!

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