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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 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

                                    Water Earthworks Course

                                      Now you can confidently plan, construct and plant your own earthworks to harvest water on your permaculture site From swales and dams to drains and

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                                      How to Harness Energy From the City in Innovative Ways

                                        Cities are often described in terms that evoke the idea of energy. People talk about tem as engines of growth , as the motors of modern 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

                                          6 Sources of Renewable Energy

                                            Ninety seven percent of scientists agree that man-made climate change is a real and present danger to the health of the planet. The emissions produced by

                                            How to Grow Asparagus

                                              Asparagus is a vegetable that belongs to the allium family, which also comprises leeks, onions, chives and shallots. It is native to the Mediterranean

                                              4 Ways Plants Use Water

                                                Like all life on earth, plants need water to survive and grow. Indeed, like humans, water is the primary element that makes up the structure of plants

                                                8 Ways to Reduce Water Consumption in the Home

                                                  Given that it is essential to everything about our lives from the basic physiological needs to stay alive through cultivation of food to

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      Sustainable Evolution: The 12 Permaculture Principles: Part 1

                                                        One of the most amazing aspects about the 12 permaculture principles is that they can be adapted and applied anywhere. Literally. Permaculturists have

                                                        Maximizing Soil Fertility with Soil Improving Plants

                                                          A mature forest garden is known to create maximum output for minimum effort. Forest gardens also referred to as food forests and know under the umbrella

                                                          7 Forms of Community Gardening

                                                            Permaculture is much more than the design, cultivation and harvesting of edible crops although that is an important part of it. It also proposes new

                                                            5 Factors That Affect Microclimates

                                                              Across a permaculture site, there are few things that are uniform. With biodiversity and the maximization of edge key principles in permaculture gardening

                                                              A 9-Step Easy Sheet Permaculture Mulching Technique

                                                                Mulch is marvelous. It performs a variety of functions that help save the permaculture gardener time and effort, while providing the soil and plants with

                                                                8 Steps to Create a Raised Keyhole Bed

                                                                  Along with the herb spiral, keyhole beds are often among the first permaculture design methods that a student becomes familiar with. They are often used

                                                                  Veganic is the New Permaculture

                                                                    What is veganic farming and why is it so important in saving the planet? Before I get into the nitty gritty of it all, let me tell you a little bit

                                                                    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

                                                                      Five Threats to Global Biodiversity

                                                                        One of the key principles that underpin all permaculture design is the effort to increase the biodiversity of a site. Biodiversity essentially refers to

                                                                        The Best Herbs for Composting

                                                                          Want to get even more nutrients into your compost? Well, consider adding herbs. Of course, herbs won t form the majority of your compost pile, but are

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                                                                          Advice on lemons

                                                                            Hi there

                                                                            We have a lemon tree in our yard. It has never been treated, composted, pruned etc and is infested with several very interesting parasites. We get two large crops of lemons from it every year but most of ...

                                                                            Hello from Grants Pass Oregon

                                                                              I can’t believe I found this course! Lucky me. I find myself growing and loving every moment, but feeling increasingly desperate. I have limited space, but I have lots of plots at the community garden. I feel this is ...

                                                                              How to grow potatoes without tilling

                                                                                I live in southern Sweden but this subject might be general. I have a potatoe land which the farmer tilled for me last year as it had been used as pasture land. But for the future i ...

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                                                                                    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 : )

                                                                                      Hello from Okinawa, Japan

                                                                                        Hello Everyone,

                                                                                        My name is Doug and I live in Okinawa, Japan due to military obligations. I am currently finishing up my B.S. In Environmental Sciences. I will be separating from the military in less than a year and ...

                                                                                        Hey Guys, From Nor Cal!

                                                                                          Hey, I’m really into cooking, and anything to do with food, and I believe that the world needs to re think how it eats, and how it produces food. I’m also a do it yourselfer, because learning how to ...

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                                                                                            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 🙂

                                                                                            Ants in the Garden

                                                                                              I recently joined this course (yesterday; I’ve only watched the first lecture so far) and I liked the idea of living to help the environment around. To live with the thinking that nature isn’t just a grab bag resource ...

                                                                                              hello from alberta canada!

                                                                                                Hi all! Super excited about this course. I am a designer with an architectural firm and an environmentalisr at heart. I desperately want to help change the world, so here I am…wish me luck.


                                                                                                  I have a few questions on chickens from video two. I have heard some say that nobody has ever really built a chicken greenhouse; that it is just a myth perpetuated by permaculture writers who have never actually done ...

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                                                                                                  Brief, but very accurate, informative article about composting human waste! Good intro for someone considering a composting toilet.


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                                                                                                  I specifically looked to receive the information on the rainwater tanks, and found the download very informative. People who plan to capture water for gardening use would benefit from knowing these options so they can choose the best one. Good to know the materials and more about their usefulness…thank you!



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