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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

                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

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                                      9 Vegetables – Harvesting Guide

                                        Permaculture aims to create the best natural conditions in which to grow edible produce. Gardeners look to provide all the nutrients and water plants need

                                        Graywater - Learn How to Design Water Reuse Systems

                                          Graywater is created by bathing, doing laundry or washing dishes. It is water that is not clean, but is also not sewage. It contains some dirt and

                                          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 Figs

                                              While you can buy dried figs all year round, they are a very different proposition to fresh figs, particularly those that you have grown yourself

                                              Why Forest Gardens Are Amazing

                                                Forest gardens are truly incredible things. Forests are like nature s own version of a permaculture system, being self-sustaining, diverse and productive

                                                11 Beneficial Insect Eating Birds

                                                  In a permaculture garden, balance is the order of the day. A permaculturist is looking to create ecosystems where no one species or type of organism

                                                  10 Beneficial Spider Species in the USA

                                                    When we talk about microorganisms and insects in the garden, it is quite easy to overlook one type of animal that is not actually an insect. Belonging to

                                                    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

                                                      How to Start a Community Garden

                                                        Permaculture puts forward the idea that working in harmony with nature and maximizing the possibilities for growing our own food can have a

                                                        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

                                                          4 Types of Succession Planting

                                                            Succession planting is a useful technique for maximizing the vegetable yield from a permaculture plot. Used in vegetable plantings it can mean that you

                                                            6 Reasons Why Comfrey Is an Amazing Permaculture Plant

                                                              Comfrey is a fairly humble looking plant. It has large hairy green leaves and small bell-shaped flowers, typically colored either purple or white

                                                              Uncovering Hidden Spaces for Growing Food

                                                                From vertical gardens to green roofs, there is immense potential in all of the nooks and crannies of city spaces to provide food for its residents. Cities

                                                                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

                                                                  Permaculture, Poop and Farts

                                                                    Permaculture allows nature to do its thing. The gardens are lush and beautiful. While the birds chirp high in the trees, soft aromas mix in the air as

                                                                    5 Types of Manure for Your Permaculture Garden

                                                                      Manure can be a very valuable addition to your permaculture garden. As part of compost or mulch, it can add lots of beneficial nutrients to the soil, as

                                                                      8 Animals and the Plants That Repel Them

                                                                        Just like a natural ecosystem, a permaculture design should always be looking to achieve balance. Establishing biodiversity is one way of doing this

                                                                        12 Beneficial Insects for Your Permaculture Plot

                                                                          Insects are the most numerous type of animal on the planet. With tens of thousands of different species and billions of individuals alive at any one

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                                                                            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 ...

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                                                                                Bill Mollison's book

                                                                                  I am having problems finding the Bill Mollison book on permaculture design. On Amazon the book was $58, the next day I was going to purchase the book and the price had tripled.

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                                                                                  concrete deck renovations??

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                                                                                    We have a really terrible concrete deck on the south side of our house. It’s all different levels, falling apart, cracked etc. Very poor work to begin with and about 25 years of freezing winters to seal ...

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                                                                                      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.

                                                                                      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 ...

                                                                                        Nitrogen fixing plants for cold climates

                                                                                          Hi guys

                                                                                          I’m trying to plan a food forest for my local community garden and I’m having trouble selecting nitrogen fixing nurse trees that will grow in my area. Advanced casuarinas will work but even most acacias get killed off ...

                                                                                          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 ...

                                                                                            Hugelkulture??

                                                                                              I live in southern Nevada where there is VERY little rain and it gets really really HOT in the summer time. One of the things I’ve recently come across in my own research in how to water plants ...

                                                                                              backyard is rock

                                                                                                the land my house is on used to be a site for an oil rig and after they pulled it out and decided to build properties on it they put a ton of rock down. Even if I were ...

                                                                                                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.
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