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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

                                        9 Organic Mulch Materials

                                          Like many things in permaculture design, the use of mulches takes its cue from what we observe in nature. As long as there have been forests, there have

                                          Rainwater Catchment Can Save Our World

                                            Rainwater harvesting is a low-cost and efficient way to reduce your dependence on your local water system. Your city or municipality sells potable the

                                            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

                                              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 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

                                                  Aquaponics: the Drought Resistant Environmentally Consistent Garden Veggie Hydro Show

                                                    Aquaponics creates an artificial but naturally sustainable means to grow plants and raise fish while using water efficiently. It combines a hydroponic

                                                    Honoring Decentralization in Green City Design

                                                      It s exciting to think about a lush green metropolis catered to urban citizens, but it s also important to take a good approach, particularly one based

                                                      7 Tips to Reduce your Food Bill

                                                        Starting a permaculture garden, however large or small is a significant step to reducing the cost of your food. Even just having a few containers on

                                                        How to Grow Soya Beans

                                                          Soya beans may seem like an exotic vegetable to consider planting in your permaculture plot, and its origins in South East Asia would suggest that it is

                                                          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

                                                            10 Benefits of Cover Crops

                                                              Cover Crops sometimes called green manures are plants that are used primarily to help improve a location, primarily because of the advantages

                                                              7 benefits of Doing a Permaculture Design Certificate Course

                                                                You re interested in permaculture (you re looking at this site, after all), but perhaps wondering what your next step with it will be. Using

                                                                8 Varieties of Cucumber to Grow

                                                                  Cucumbers are a great summer vegetable crop. Their crisp, cool flavour and relatively high water content mean that picking a rips cucumber from the vine on

                                                                  How to Shop Sustainably

                                                                    It is unlikely that even those with the most extensive of permaculture plots will be able to be entirely self-sufficient. This means that we have to shop

                                                                    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

                                                                      How to Minimize E Waste

                                                                        E-waste is not a word that is particularly well known, but it is likely to become much more prevalent in the future. E waste is the shorthand

                                                                        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

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                                                                            I go by the name Satyr, for weird and nerdy reasons– But that’s another story– and I am currently in Seattle. I’ll be moving next month to Billings MT for education and work, but will someday be moving to ...

                                                                            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 ...

                                                                              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….

                                                                                Hello from South-Eastern France

                                                                                  Hi! I am a recent transplant to France (born in San Diego, grew up in SoCal and went to University in Washington State).

                                                                                  My husband and I purchased a home about 2 years ago in a rural area, which ...

                                                                                  Permaculture music

                                                                                    Hi there, I’m just listening to a great CD that is based on the principles of permaculture. It’s called “Permaculture: A rhymer’s manual” and is by Formidable Vegetable Sound System. I use it to reinforce what I teach kids ...

                                                                                    Rehabilitating toxic / arsenic laden soils

                                                                                      I may be able to access an old apple orchard of about 8 acres soon. But I hear that apple orchards used to spray lot of pesticides which may make the soil toxic with arsenic. The land has not ...

                                                                                      Greetings from Ukraine!

                                                                                        My name is Polina. I have obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Environmental protection and Sustainable Development some month ago. I am going to further my education and benefit environment and society with my contribution. I am in search ...

                                                                                        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 ...

                                                                                          Fukuoka

                                                                                            Has anyone else read The One-Straw Revolution? I just picked it up and am thoroughly enjoying it and I’m only in the introduction.

                                                                                            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 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 ...

                                                                                                Fall of man

                                                                                                  In the first video, Larry says that nature is perfect, but that little experiment with Humans might not have gone so well.

                                                                                                  As a Catholic Christian, I think our view of Humanity fits well with Permaculture.

                                                                                                  God created nature perfect. ...

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