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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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                                      Veganic is the New Permaculture Part 2

                                        This is an article in response and an update to the previous article I wrote Veganic is the New Permaculture which can be read at the following

                                        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

                                          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

                                            4 Methods of Rainwater Harvesting

                                              It can be easy to take rainwater for granted, particularly if you live in a temperate or tropical climate where drought is a rare event. But we need to

                                              Smart Water Design: Cut Your Water Use in Half

                                                Did you know that harvesting rainwater and reusing greywater can save over 50% of the average American family s household water usage? This is an

                                                Ways to Feed Your Soil

                                                  Soil is the bedrock of any permaculture garden. The quality of your soil will affect the plants you can grow, how well they thrive and the harvest you

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          6 Benefits of Guild Planting

                                                            Anyone who has had even a little exposure to the ideas and techniques within permaculture is likely to have heard the phrase guild planting . Also

                                                            7 Permaculture Ideas for Renters

                                                              Permaculture is for everyone. It is one of the best ways of producing food, minimizing our impact upon the planet, and moving towards a

                                                              How to Espalier Fruit Trees

                                                                The term espaliering refers to the training of a tree so that it grows flat. Often this means growing against a wall, but it can also involve training the

                                                                6 Common House Problems – and How to Solve Them

                                                                  Few properties are perfectly adaptable to all local climatic conditions that it experiences. A house that is just the right temperature in both summer

                                                                  Sustainable Living Means a Higher Quality of Life for Everyone

                                                                    Sustainable living is not just about being eco-friendly. It's about living and working in a way that is not only mindful of the earth, but also of the body

                                                                    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

                                                                      Passive Solar Design Saves Money

                                                                        Passive solar design is the type of design and construction of structures, buildings, and homes to access the energy of the sun for the necessary heating

                                                                        Intelligent, Real Transformation: The 12 Permaculture Principles: Part 3

                                                                          In the race to create a more sustainable world, we discover that it's the little things that add up to meaningful transformation. The last four

                                                                          Here are some hot discussions in our forums...

                                                                          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 ...

                                                                            Introduction

                                                                              Hello from Missouri,
                                                                              I listen to The Survival Podcast and have become very interested in permaculture. I am retired and want to grow my own food and become self-sufficient. Thank you for allowing me to participate in this program. ...

                                                                              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 ...

                                                                                concrete deck renovations??

                                                                                  Hello,

                                                                                  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 ...

                                                                                  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 ...

                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                      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 ...

                                                                                        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 ...

                                                                                          Lecture One Permaculture Fundamentals

                                                                                            I watched the first lecture on Permaculture Fundamentals yesterday and had my pen and paper ready. I took notes as Larry talked.
                                                                                            After watching the lecture I browsed the forum here for conversation/discussion and was sadly disappointed. Ah well.

                                                                                            aquaponics

                                                                                              Tell me about your dream system?

                                                                                              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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                                                                                                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 ...

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

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