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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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                                      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

                                        Composting 101: The Missing Link in LIFE

                                          Did you know that compost can not only be used to fertilize your garden soil, but can also be used to control soil erosion, suppress plant disease

                                          6 Sustainable Agricultural Practices

                                            In many ways, permaculture was formulated as a response to the damaging and inefficient methods of modern industrial agricultural production. Bill

                                            How to Grow Strawberries

                                              There are many reasons to make strawberries a part of the design for your permaculture plot. Not only do they taste great even when eaten straight

                                              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

                                                Want Carbon in Your Soil? Add Mycorrhizae!

                                                  Most of what we thought we knew about soil carbon sequestration could be wrong, according to the results of a study published early of 2013. Any novice

                                                  How to Attract Dragonflies to Your Plot

                                                    Dragonflies are one of the most beautiful insects to visit the permaculture plot. The symmetry of their two pairs of wings, the coloration on their

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        What's Good for the Planet is Great for Business Profit

                                                          Many companies have begun focusing their efforts on sustainable business practices in the last few years. Green business is no longer just a fashionable

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              Transforming the Planet’s Waste Stream Into a Resource Stream

                                                                Re-Imagining Garbage The problem isn t trash itself. It s our concept of what belongs in the trashcan, and our concept of throwing it away. There

                                                                5 Reasons Why GMOs are Terrifyingly Scary

                                                                  GMOs genetically modified organisms are taking over the world. Food as we commonly think of it is becoming a thing of the past. Big agri-business

                                                                  How Stacking Functions Can Improve Yields and Reduce Work

                                                                    Companion planting is based on the idea of another permaculture concept stacking functions. Every element (read: plant, animal, mineral, etc)

                                                                    Green Cities Make a Green Earth

                                                                      Urban culture is open, diverse, full of color, and facilitates the flow of new ideas. The world s population is increasingly concentrated in cities

                                                                      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

                                                                        4 Types of Complementary Currencies

                                                                          Complementary currency is a term that is gradually becoming more widely known. Indeed, In July 2014, California passed a law that made

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                                                                          Hi from Davis, California

                                                                            Hello from sunny California. We live in Davis, which is in the central valley near Sacramento, inland from San Francisco. We are in the middle of a permaculture redesign of our suburban lot… the entire front yard ...

                                                                            home made white glue and starter pots

                                                                              We Googled “make white glue”,and founded several sites that tell us to mix 2% milk and vinegar, strain the whey and denature the curd with baking soda.

                                                                              Next we collected a bit of soil from the yard and put ...

                                                                              Anthropomorphization and Irony

                                                                                I enjoyed the irony of this moment in the fourth lecture on principles:

                                                                                Minute 25: “What nature wants to do with bare ground is cover it up, immediately. so it’s going to use whatever plant is available. Cover it up. ...


                                                                                  Tell me about your dream system?


                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                      GREETINGS from Aggies Farm in Avery, Tx

                                                                                        We are rapidly developing a small intentional village with permaculture design/holistic management of pastures anf Organic Farming as the main themes..31 acres half virgin hardwood rest pasture farmland//4 ponds now [one when we got here/will have tiny houses with ...

                                                                                        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 ...

                                                                                          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 ...

                                                                                            Hi from NE New Mexico mountains


                                                                                              I’m happy this course is being offered. I’d like to learn better ways of maintaining a sustainable food producing ecoculture here in the mountains. I’m also interested in aquaponics and other aquaculture ideas. I don’t have a ...

                                                                                              Creating a Permaculture Group for Philippines

                                                                                                Hi to all! I find this site very useful and I would like to suggest for all student from Philippines to unite into a group for future activities and sharing.

                                                                                                how to bring back life to a very depleated land????

                                                                                                  For generations a piece of land in souther spain is been over and over plowed and depleated by monocrop farming( wheat)
                                                                                                  I’ ve got it recently and I have got the intention the give back to it what ...

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                                                                                                  Great information for sustainable living, gardening, permaculture, etc.



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


                                                                                                  Kathy Custren

                                                                                                  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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