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Aquaponics Course

    Want to combine raising fish and growing plants into a super-efficient cultivation system? Discover how aquaponics systems work, and how they can create

    Building a Green Property Course

      Do you want to build your own home and make it as green and sustainable as possible? Learn how to position your home on your property to work with nature

      Chickens Course

        Considering Keeping Chickens But Not Sure How To Start? This Course Will Show You How Learn the many reasons why chickens make a great and easy

        Companion, Guild and Succession Planting Course

          Discover how making connections between plants can create productive ecosystems Learn the principles behind companion, guild, and succession planting

          Compost Course

            Do you want to learn how to create your own organic compost one of the most powerful materials in permaculture? Explore the different types of material

            Graywater Course

              Discover how to divert, store and use graywater from your home on your garden safely and effectively Explore the options for reusing water

              Greener Home Course

                Make your home eco-friendly, non-toxic, energy efficient and less wasteful with this online course!   Learn how making simple changes in your home

                Greener Home Course

                  Make your home eco-friendly, non-toxic, energy efficient and less wasteful with this online course! Learn how making simple changes in your home can

                  Maximum Gardening Course

                    Want to follow the journey that a plant takes from seed to harvest? Okay, let s go! Discover how seeds germinate, and the ways that you can provide the

                    Mindfulness and Meditation Course

                      Calm your mind and gain a deeper understanding of yourself with the power of mindfulness and meditation. Learn how to incorporate mindfulness into your

                      Mulch Course

                        Learn how to make mulch a key part of your permaculture design to improve soil and maximize yield Explore the options when it comes to choosing

                        Permaculture Basics Course

                          The ultimate introduction to permaculture and sustainable living!Have you always wanted to try permaculture, organic gardening, going green, and

                          Permaculture Mastery

                            Transform your home into a beautiful, sustainable & healthy oasis that provides you abundant organic food & clean water.Redesign your property, learn to

                            Prolonging the Harvest Course

                              Food preservation methods to make the most of your crops and minimize waste Learn how to preserve food with a variety of techniques from freezing

                              Rainwater Course

                                Learn all the ways to slow, sink, spread, and store water on your permaculture property Discover many types of rainwater harvesting system, including

                                Soil and Garden Beds Course

                                  Want to know how you can improve your soil and learn to build garden beds? Discover how soil is made, what it is made from, and how you can improve the soil

                                  Suburban ecoHomestead Design Course

                                    Creatively transforms your suburban property into a thriving abundant sustainable eco-homestead This self-paced Suburban Eco-Homestead Sustainable

                                    Suburban Permaculture Course

                                      Learn how you can permaculture a suburban or urban property Discover planting techniques for a variety of locations in towns and cities from window

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                                      6 Reasons Why Comfrey Is an Amazing Permaculture Plant

                                        Comfrey is a fairly humble looking plant. It has large hairy green leaves and small bell-shaped flowers, typically colored either purple or white

                                        3 Chemical Elements Essential for Plant Growth

                                          Plants need several inputs in order to survive and thrive. Water, of course, is essential, as it is for all living things; a medium in which to grow

                                          9 Tips to Reduce Your Food Miles

                                            Food miles essentially refer to the distance that the food you buy has traveled from the producer so that it is available in the shop in which you are

                                            12 Things Not to Put in Your Permaculture Compost Pile

                                              Compost is one of the permaculture gardener s most potent tools. It recycles "waste" from the garden and the home and turns it into a material rich

                                              6 Common House Problems – and How to Solve Them

                                                Few properties are perfectly adaptable to all local climatic conditions that it experiences. A house that is just the right temperature in both summer

                                                How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

                                                  Raised garden beds are exactly what their name promises they are beds in which you can plant vegetables where the planting medium has been raised

                                                  Designing Ecologically Thriving Cities Changes Everything

                                                    While often seen as areas of major pollution, cities can also be highly beneficial to the environment when people are concentrated in a smaller

                                                    5 Friendly Neighborhood Weeds

                                                      There might be some weeds growing in your garden right now that you didn t know were actually really useful. Try giving them a second chance before you

                                                      8 Edible Flowers That Fit Permaculture Plot

                                                        Flowering plants that don t produce a fruit or vegetable can seem a bit of a luxury in the permaculture garden. Sure, they may look beautiful, but

                                                        How to Map Your Plot

                                                          When first looking to apply permaculture principles and design to a property, one of the most useful tools you can have at hand is a detailed map of the

                                                          How to Make a No Dig Bed

                                                            One of the most immediately striking ways in terms of practical activity that permaculture gardening differs from common gardening and agricultural

                                                            15 Things to Observe Before Starting Your Permaculture Design

                                                              When you first start considering turning a site into a permaculture garden, you need to do a thorough analysis of the plot. You need to get to know the

                                                              How to Grow Apricots

                                                                Apricots that are eaten directly from a tree your have grown are considerably tastier than any available in the supermarket. Perhaps the achievement

                                                                4 Reasons to Consider a Pond in Your Permaculture Design

                                                                  Water is important on many levels. At the most fundamental, it is an essential ingredient for all life on earth. In a permaculture garden, the effective

                                                                  How to Protect Your Garden from Drought

                                                                    Ninety-eight percent of all climate scientists agree that global warming predominantly caused by human activity, from the burning of fossil fuels to

                                                                    Top 10 Reasons to Consider Circular Beds

                                                                      Circular planting beds have become almost a signature part of permaculture garden design. Typically constructed with a keyhole path for access, they

                                                                      What if Cities Could Feed the World?

                                                                        When we think about food and farming, it s easy to imagine a bucolic setting of rural pastures, far removed from the busy hum and thrum of city life

                                                                        4 Ways Soil Gets Abused

                                                                          In the modern world soil is continually coming under attack. That might sound alarmist, but the fact that it isn t on the front page of the

                                                                          Here are some hot discussions in our forums...

                                                                          Acacia wood chips

                                                                            I have a queston. I can get a lot of acacia wood chips for mulching the soil. Now I heard someone say that the acacia trees and also the wood chips will acidificate the soil. Does anyone know more ...

                                                                            Lecture One Permaculture Fundamentals

                                                                              I watched the first lecture on Permaculture Fundamentals yesterday and had my pen and paper ready. I took notes as Larry talked.
                                                                              After watching the lecture I browsed the forum here for conversation/discussion and was sadly disappointed. Ah well.

                                                                              Hello from the Blood Reserve

                                                                                I was brought to these courses while researching cobb and strawbale style houses..I’m currently in the planning and saving stage of collecting materials to build completed by this time next year…I would love to be completely off the grid ...

                                                                                Howdy from central tx!

                                                                                  Excited to learn more about sustainable living and teach it to my students!

                                                                                  A German in Switzerland

                                                                                    Hello from Basel, Switzerland
                                                                                    Since about 9 years I´m living in Switzerland. I was born not so far from here in the South of Germany, somewhere near the famous Black Forrest.
                                                                                    Unfortunately I think I´m one of the older ...

                                                                                    Hi from Montreal QC

                                                                                      I’m working on an urban planning degree through that I really got turned on to permaculture and the benefits that it can have for the environment. I thought I was going to have to wait a while to ...

                                                                                      What are some Zone 5 unusual edibles?

                                                                                        I am looking for various, delicious fruits and vegetables for zone 5 climate range. Specifically, plants that do not need to be brought inside during winter months. Thanks a lot : )

                                                                                        Sending you guys some Green Love from South Africa!

                                                                                          Hello all you fellow Green lovers! A quick meet and greet from my side: I am a 27 year old female living in SA and my dream is to Open a fully Sustainable Eco-Backpackers in the next 3 years, ...

                                                                                          G'day mate

                                                                                            Hi I am Trent.

                                                                                            From Australia obviously.
                                                                                            I don’t really say g’day mate normally but thought that’s how an Aussie should introduce himself to the world 🙂

                                                                                            Maria, Lisboa – Objectivo: Rede de permacultura em Portugal

                                                                                              Olá! QUe bom ver tanta gente interessada nesta abordagem à agricultura em Portugal.
                                                                                              O meu background é em Economia do Desenvolvimento e especializei-me em Administração e Planeamento para o Desenvolvimento, pela University College London, no Reino Unido, onde também ...

                                                                                              United States

                                                                                                currently living in the lower 48 looking for everything to give me that edge for when i move to Alaska.

                                                                                                Steps by Steps Details of First Food Forest in Pakistan—–Introductory Part

                                                                                                  Hi
                                                                                                  As I have promised to share my first project with you from start to end. Yesterday on 4th February 2015 I have signed a final agreement to make “First Experimental Food Forest Project” I want to include ...

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