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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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                                      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

                                        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

                                          How to Do a 4-Bed Crop Rotation

                                            Crop rotation is a term more commonly associated with farmers although increasingly less so in the modern age of monoculture and industrial

                                            Permaculture Herbs – Culinary and Medicinal Uses

                                              Herbs are incredibly useful plants for permaculture. They will often grow in small spaces or pots, making them a good option for those with little or no

                                              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

                                                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

                                                  7 Typical Components of a Guild

                                                    Guilds really are great. These interconnected systems of plants and animals are clear demonstrations of how nature achieves balance and harmony. Taking

                                                    How to Grow Rhubarb

                                                      Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that has a long history of cultivation and use. It is native to the cold climates of the Himalayas and Siberia. It

                                                      7 Types of Growing Beds

                                                        Types Of Growing Beds In Permaculture Garden How you organize your permaculture garden will depend upon the analysis your have done of your site

                                                        6 Steps for Building a Swale

                                                          As it is central to life on Earth, so water is of crucial importance to the permaculture plot, providing the plants, livestock and wildlife with an

                                                          How to Grow Fruit Trees in Containers

                                                            Firstly, growing fruit trees in containers is a great option for permaculture gardeners who are short on space. They may not have garden beds with

                                                            6 Tips for Creating More Edges

                                                              The edge effect is one of the major facets in permaculture design. Indeed, it is the tenth in David Holmgren s list of underlying principles. It is

                                                              How to Start a Small Produce Business

                                                                If you cultivate more food than you and your family can consume perhaps due to a glut at harvest time, or because plants have proved more prolific

                                                                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

                                                                  4 Alternatives to Dairy Milk

                                                                    Many permaculturists chose to keep goats, sheep and even cattle, not for the meat yield they provide, but for the milk. This is of course a good way

                                                                    13 Reasons to Establish a Home Permaculture Food Garden

                                                                      Starting a permaculture garden at home is possible even if you don t have much space. Even a relatively small plot of land can produce a variety of

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

                                                                          Here are some hot discussions in our forums...

                                                                          United States of America

                                                                            See if we can start a thread for USA and all collaborate here. I would like to see introductions from my fellow American citizens. It’s hard though to have a conversation all in separate threads….

                                                                            Collapse

                                                                              The Chaco Canyon culture has obviously received a bum rap in the book Collapse. The “Anasazi” culture left their cultural center when word arrived of the treatment of the Aztecs by the European invaders. When the Europeans found the ...

                                                                              Hugelkulture logistics

                                                                                I realize there are many different styles and variations of hugelkulture beds.

                                                                                I was wondering how long they take to congeal into a single unit on average where one really sees the benefits and beauty.

                                                                                Also, how long, then, does it ...

                                                                                manure

                                                                                  hi interested to hear in lecture 52 urban permaculture around 40 minutes in – if everyone was to become organic we would not have enough manure

                                                                                  ok this was a conversation i was have with local distributors and remembering all ...

                                                                                  biochar?

                                                                                    Is adding inorganic carbon to soil as beneficial as the proponents claim
                                                                                    a note on the term organic as used from a chemists point of view Organic means carbon bond to hydrogen inorganic is carbon that has ...

                                                                                    mindmap on Permaculture Design Phase Tools

                                                                                      Hi all,

                                                                                      I made a mindmap about Permaculture “design phase” tools and methods as described on the lectures for element/garden analysis. Open to feedback…

                                                                                      http://mind42.com/public/bb5a458f-e64a-4192-9a53-e8411396b46e

                                                                                      Hope it helps…:-)

                                                                                      Anyone else from Cincinnati, OHIO?

                                                                                        Hi. This is an awesome opportunity that I receive with great gratitude. Hope to find some kindred spirits to start a sustainable community.
                                                                                        DJ

                                                                                        How to grow potatoes without tilling

                                                                                          Hello!
                                                                                          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 ...

                                                                                          aquaponics

                                                                                            Tell me about your dream system?

                                                                                            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 ...

                                                                                              Water to store solar electricity

                                                                                                Hi
                                                                                                Has anyone got practical experience in pumping water up hill using abundent solar energy and running it back down through a small turbine at night?
                                                                                                Thanks heaps
                                                                                                Paul

                                                                                                New to the Forum

                                                                                                  Just posting to say hello to everyone. Not sure if I’m supposed to start a new thread or add to an existing one, but the topics are already compelling. I’m a retired veterinarian, Master Gardener, Yogi, chicken ...

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