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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 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

                                        10 Easy Steps to Your Own Worm Farm

                                          Worms are definitely on the side of the permaculturist when it comes to benefit to the garden. They are one of the most effective methods of conditioning

                                          8 Tips for Designing a Pond

                                            Incorporating a pond into a permaculture design has a number of benefits that it brings to the site as a whole. There is the obvious function of

                                            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

                                              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

                                                Functions of Windbreaks

                                                  Wind is a significant part of any climatic system. It interacts with other weather elements and can impact upon a permaculture site in a variety of

                                                  5 Ways of Propagating Plants

                                                    Propagating plants means creating new plants from existing specimens, and is an important part of permaculture. It means that you can have a

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        Choose Your Flavor of Natural Building

                                                          If you don't like the organic curves of cob walls, you're in luck - you can also choose a modernistic rammed earth material with rectangular edges

                                                          7 Parts of an Apple Tree Guild

                                                            Guild, or companion, planting is one of the fundamental techniques of permaculture gardening. It taps into permaculture ideas such as

                                                            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 Plan an Orchard

                                                                There are few things finer in life than going out of your house on a summer s morning perhaps holding your child by their hand to pick the

                                                                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

                                                                  8 Problems with Palm Oil Production

                                                                    One of the reasons some people turn to permaculture is a great concern with the impact that modern commercial agricultural practices are having on

                                                                    How to Save Energy in the Kitchen

                                                                      It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where the food that satisfies and sustains families is prepared, and is often the room

                                                                      6 Tips for Growing Broccoli

                                                                        Broccoli is an incredibly nutritious vegetable. It is part of the Brassica family alongside species such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage

                                                                        5 Elements of Healthy Soil Composition

                                                                          Good, healthy soil is essential for any permaculture garden. As the growing medium for your plants, it is the foundation on which everything else is based

                                                                          Here are some hot discussions in our forums...

                                                                          Hello from Ohio, soon to be Florida

                                                                            I am very excited about this course. I have been reading a lot and trying to learn as much as I can. I am moving to Florida next summer and I am hoping to implement these principles into ...

                                                                            Does harvesting rainwater keep water away from rivers?

                                                                              I’ve been trying to find scientific evidence to support the idea of keeping resources on your property. What about the guy downstream? What if he wants to build a food forest but you are keeping the water from running ...

                                                                              Water "Scrubbing"

                                                                                I am in the winter planning stage of a design project.
                                                                                I am in the middle of a 400ac agro crop field. the farmer is very good at modern farming technique. Fertilizers, plowing and herbicides are used in ...

                                                                                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 ...

                                                                                  Hello from Wilmore, KY

                                                                                    Hiya,

                                                                                    I am Love, and I have been gardening since I could toddle out to my dad’s garden and hold a hose. I went on to learn tree trimming as a teenager, then got a degree in Biology. ...

                                                                                    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

                                                                                      Q&A With Instructors?

                                                                                        I’ve been talking with Larry and a couple other teachers about doing regular Q&As on the forums here. Would you all have interest in submitting questions weekly for Larry and others to answer? If so, we can ...

                                                                                        sewage treatment options for a small town

                                                                                          Looking for inspiration. I live in a small town of around 6000. The town council needs to expand the capacity of our sewage treatment facility, which disposes to stream most of the year. We’ve just bought a farm next ...

                                                                                          "textbook"

                                                                                            Larry mentions a book at the end of lecture 2 that he says he is using as a text book for the course. Several books were mentioned in the lecture. Which book was he referring to?

                                                                                            Hi from Newcastle

                                                                                              Need to grow our own food

                                                                                              Advice on Dwarf Fruit Trees

                                                                                                Hey, everyone!

                                                                                                I’m very excited to be taking the course!

                                                                                                I am only 6 lectures into the Design Fundamentals, but I have a planting situation that needs to be figured out before I’ll be able to finsh the class, so I ...

                                                                                                Sheet mulching/cardboard ink

                                                                                                  Cardboard is meant to be really good in sheet mulching. I’m just about to do some of it in my backyard but I’m concerned about the ink in the text written on the cardboard(heavy metals/general chemicals). Does anyone knows ...

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