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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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                                      6 Characteristics of Zone 2

                                        In the zoning principle that is applied to permaculture garden design, Zone 2 sits just beyond Zone 1, which is the zone containing most of your

                                        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

                                          7 Natural Building Techniques

                                            Natural building techniques are methods that are greener that modern manufactured modes of property construction. Typically drawing on older

                                            How to Grow Kale

                                              In recent years kale has gained renown for being one of the healthiest vegetables around. While the fact that it s reputation needed to be reanimated

                                              How to Make a No Dig Bed

                                                One of the most immediately striking ways in terms of practical activity that permaculture gardening differs from common gardening and agricultural

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    Could You Befriend a Weed?

                                                      Have you ever considered that weeds can actually be a highly beneficial addition to your garden, if you just know how to use them? Weeds are typically

                                                      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

                                                        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

                                                          Synthesizing Sustainable Communities Through Appropriate Technology

                                                            What if technology could be built for the very purpose of serving people and planet, as opposed to profit and the image of modernity? These days we ve

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  5 Types of Rainwater Tank

                                                                    If you can afford to, installing a rainwater tank is a good idea not just for permaculturists (although it does correspond very neatly with

                                                                    How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

                                                                      Raised garden beds are exactly what their name promises they are beds in which you can plant vegetables where the planting medium has been raised

                                                                      7 Tips for Creating a Garden to Attract Wildlife

                                                                        Permaculture systems work with nature and give value to all parts of it. While producing edible crops is one of the main focuses of any permaculture

                                                                        How to Choose a Wind Turbine

                                                                          Wind power is one of the fastest-growing sectors of energy production on the planet. Even though the burning of fossil fuels still dominates the

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                                                                          Backyard Soil/sand question

                                                                            Hi everyone, i have a question, since i am a beginning permaculturalist…. i’ve just started designing and working on my backgarden paradise plan, and i have a question regarding soil….maybe somebody has the answer for me?
                                                                            i just moved ...

                                                                            Hello from Connecticut


                                                                              Thank you for putting together this online course for permaculture enthusiasts to take.It lowers the barrier for many people, which cost prohibitive, was not available to many interested people previously. Hopefully eventually, the cost ...


                                                                                hi interested to hear in lecture 52 urban permaculture around 40 minutes in – if everyone was to become organic we would not have enough manure

                                                                                ok this was a conversation i was have with local distributors and remembering all ...

                                                                                Introduction from the Philippines

                                                                                  Howdy folks,
                                                                                  I’m a Canadian who has been living in the Philippines for the last four years. Although only 28, last year I retired and set up a permaculture farm in Palawan, the frontier edge of the country. True ...



                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                      A German in Switzerland

                                                                                        Hello from Basel, Switzerland
                                                                                        Since about 9 years I´m living in Switzerland. I was born not so far from here in the South of Germany, somewhere near the famous Black Forrest.
                                                                                        Unfortunately I think I´m one of the older ...

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                          Anita from Islamabad Pakistan

                                                                                            Hi I am Anita from Australia living in Pakistan – I am abit obsessed with food security and clean water availability as they are already serious issues here in Paksitan.

                                                                                            I have a friend who did a permaculture course ...


                                                                                              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?

                                                                                              Starting a Career in Permaculture


                                                                                                My name is Veronica and Im 24 from Australia. I am absolutely loving this course and I aspire to get into permaculture and buy land and start a permaculture farm. I also wish to travel and teach communities and ...

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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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                                                                                                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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