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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

        Communication Course

          Communicate to collaborate learn how to make positivity and mindfulness the guiding principles of your conversations Discover how to interact with others

          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 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

                    Mediation Course

                      Learn how to move from conflict to collaboration advanced communication techniques to consistently create positive connectionMake mindfulness your

                      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

                          Nutrition Course

                            Eat, feel, and live better. Learn how food affects your body, how to eat plants and feel greatGain an understanding of what effect different types of food

                            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

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                                      5 Friendly Forrest Fellas

                                        Following plant life, animals in a permaculture garden are necessary for the ecosystem to flourish. They keep pests in check, pollinate flowers

                                        7 Vegetables You Can Harvest in Winter

                                          We tend to think of plants developing their edible crops in the spring and summer. This seems intuitive given that spring is associated with new life

                                          7 Tips for Creating a Garden to Attract Wildlife

                                            Permaculture systems work with nature and give value to all parts of it. While producing edible crops is one of the main focuses of any permaculture

                                            7 Tips for Reducing Food Waste

                                              Each year, millions of tons of food are simply thrown away by consumers. More often than not, this food goes into landfill sites, producing no benefit

                                              Ways to Slow Water Down

                                                Water is a precious resource. Some estimates put the number of people on Earth who already suffer from a shortage of water at 1 billion, and with

                                                How to Build a Cold Frame

                                                  On a permaculture plot, the gardener is always looking for ways to maximize yield. There are many ways of trying to achieve this, including

                                                  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

                                                    8 Chemical Elements in Soil

                                                      There are a wide variety of chemical elements that go to make up soils. Some are detrimental to plants if present in too high a quantity such as

                                                      How to Stack Firewood

                                                        Having a wood burning stove, an open fireplace or a hydronic heater that uses the energy from burning wood to heat water for use in the home, is an

                                                        5 Methods of Natural Pest Management

                                                          In permaculture design, we are always looking for natural ways to solve problems. So, for instance, if we detect a lack of nitrogen in the soil, we

                                                          8 Reasons You Need a Worm Farm

                                                            Imagine hundreds of slimy worms slithering through rotting vegetables. Their tiny white egg sacs are littered throughout partially decomposed and

                                                            4 Ways to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables

                                                              A permaculture design seeks to maximize the yield of food that grows in it. By promoting biodiversity, succession planting, stacking systems and

                                                              6 Problems with Monoculture Farming

                                                                Permaculture gardening promotes biodiversity. It seeks to maximize the number of productive species of plant within a plot, not only to offer the gardener

                                                                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

                                                                  Why Business Ecosystems Can Expand Our Impact

                                                                    There is incredible power in working together with people from different fields of expertise, united by common values. Expanding the permaculture community

                                                                    How to Grow Walnuts

                                                                      It is often claimed that walnuts were one of the first food crops to be cultivated by human beings. Their history is certainly a long one, with its

                                                                      What is Permaculture? The Foundation: Ethics

                                                                        Design is the first signal of human intention. William McDonough Permaculture is about design from ecological landscapes to everyday tools

                                                                        6 Properties of Soil

                                                                          Having a good understanding of the soil on your permaculture plot is key to making it productive. The soil, as the medium in which plants grow, is the

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