Practical phycology 3 day intensive course

[USA] The 3 day practical phycology course! 3 days of applicable techniques for working with algae for food, medicine, remediation, and research. with an emphasis on citizen science, microindusty, and permaculture, this course is designed to make algae more understandable, and accessible on a local level! The course will include a bioprospecting float, hands on low tech & sterile lab training, and presentations!

Great for aquarists, aquaculturists, social entrepreneurs, permaculture designers, grassroots bioremediators, and anyone interested!

What we cover

Intro to algae, algal biology & anatomy

Effective and inexpensive home labs and lab practice. How to make a still air glovebox. Sterile environments and hepa filters. Equipment you will need, and where to get it.

  • working with microscopes
  • media preperation
  • isolation of algae
  • algae culturing techniques
  • photobioreactors
  • cell counting using hemocytometers
  • basic taxonomy
  • bioprospecting of the susquehanna river & some of its islands w/ susquehanna outfitters
  • culture expansion
  • growing spirulina for food
  • harvesting & drying microalgae
  • pressing oil from algae

Learning enviroment

We will be both inside and outside 2 local permaculture homesteads or local educational facility (depending on class size), as well as on the susquehanna river. We will be facilitating hands on workshops, and powerpoint presentations. You may get messy if you want. We will get a chance to work in an urban style clean room and lab. Depending on weather we may be inside the whole time.

Classes will be no more than 15 people to make sure everyone gets addressed!

Our immersions will be led by William Padilla-Brown. William is a certified permaculture designer. Will has been studying microalgae and growing Spirulina for 2 years. For the past 3 years William has been studying and applying sustainable practices. Over the past 2 years will has educated both children and adults in, Delaware, Maryland, and DC.

William operates a mushroom production facility that utilizes algae for gas exchange. He has studied algae via independent research, communication with experts, and the Spirulina model at the Radix center in Albany!

What you get

The immersion is $450 standard $350 for students rsvp here. Diversity scholarships and work trades available email [email protected]

The immersion includes:

  • local organic vegetarian lunch & dinner for all 3 days
  • access to fresh glass bottled local spring water
  • 3 algae cultures to take home
  • a workbook
  • free off and on site tent camping w/ kitchen amenities (depending on season)
  • other lodging
  • rent a room on site sliding scale ($25-$75) depending on what you can afford *limited*
  • microalgae smoothie
  • air bnb new cumberland/camp hill
  • quality inn new cumberland – harrisburg south
  • budget inn new cumberland

(We will have a chauffeur to take people to class and back to there resting locations)

Why algae

Algae are some of the oldest organisms on the planet, thriving in salt, fresh, and brackish waters, algae have even been cultured from airplanes! In all the time algae has spent on our planet, they have developed unique ways of dealing with the same environmental stresses we face today. Universities ,organizations, and businesses around the world have proven algae to have a myriad of uses. On a more practical end research from French phycologist and Spirulina farmers has shown small scale Spirulina production for human consumption to be a successful business model in a western society.  By teaming with algae we can increase the resiliency of our communities and begin to recreate natural cycles!


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