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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 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

                                    Water Earthworks Course

                                      Now you can confidently plan, construct and plant your own earthworks to harvest water on your permaculture site From swales and dams to drains and

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                                      Free Sustainable Living Articles

                                      How Cities Are Changing Our Food

                                        As a city girl I had whole heartedly embraced the fast pace modern lifestyle of shopping, cocktail time and lying on the beach as a weekly routine. I

                                        7 Ideas for Urban Permaculture

                                          When one thinks about food production, it is a natural inclination to imagine a rural scene. Fields, forests, orchards and farms are the most likely

                                          The Best Herbs for Composting

                                            Want to get even more nutrients into your compost? Well, consider adding herbs. Of course, herbs won t form the majority of your compost pile, but are

                                            Top 10 Companion Plants

                                              Spring is finally here, and with it, planting season. Before buying ineffective, expensive and harmful chemical pesticides or fertilizers, try some

                                              How to Attract Bats to Garden

                                                Apart from the obvious exception of owls, most bird species are active during the day. But many insect species are nocturnal, and pests can damage crops

                                                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

                                                  7 Natural Building Techniques

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

                                                    What's Good for the Planet is Great for Business Profit

                                                      Many companies have begun focusing their efforts on sustainable business practices in the last few years. Green business is no longer just a fashionable

                                                      How to Grow Apricots

                                                        Apricots that are eaten directly from a tree your have grown are considerably tastier than any available in the supermarket. Perhaps the achievement

                                                        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

                                                          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

                                                            6 Problems with Monoculture Farming

                                                              Permaculture gardening promotes biodiversity. It seeks to maximize the number of productive species of plant within a plot, not only to offer the gardener

                                                              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

                                                                8 Benefits of Trees in Urban Areas

                                                                  As population growth and the concentration of work in urban areas put more pressure on those areas to provide housing, infrastructure, entertainment

                                                                  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

                                                                    Permaculture Herbs – Culinary and Medicinal Uses

                                                                      Herbs are incredibly useful plants for permaculture. They will often grow in small spaces or pots, making them a good option for those with little or no

                                                                      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

                                                                        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

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                                                                          Booklist Thread

                                                                            Sometimes I have to rewind the video and guess at the names of the books being discussed when they are not ones I have already read.

                                                                            Here are some of the authors I have heard mentioned so far and ...

                                                                            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 ...

                                                                              Steps by Steps Details of First Food Forest in Pakistan—–Introductory Part

                                                                                Hi
                                                                                As I have promised to share my first project with you from start to end. Yesterday on 4th February 2015 I have signed a final agreement to make “First Experimental Food Forest Project” I want to include ...

                                                                                copper sulfate spray for fruit trees (bordeaux mix/ bouillie bordelaise)

                                                                                  Hello,

                                                                                  Here in France we are *constantly* told to spray with copper sulfate: our old fruit trees, our new ones. . grave vines, strawberries, tomato. . . every few weeks in some cases.

                                                                                  This stuff is an antifungal ...

                                                                                  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 ...

                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                      Hey! from Auckland, New Zealand

                                                                                        I’m really excited to have found this course & am looking forward to expanding my knowledge in this area & putting it into practice in the community
                                                                                        I live 🙂

                                                                                        Thank you for offering this free course!

                                                                                        Kylie

                                                                                        Anyone else from Cincinnati, OHIO?

                                                                                          Hi. This is an awesome opportunity that I receive with great gratitude. Hope to find some kindred spirits to start a sustainable community.
                                                                                          DJ

                                                                                          anyone finished their design?

                                                                                            and can share with mewhat they answered in the written part of it ?

                                                                                            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 ...

                                                                                              Tasmanian introductions

                                                                                                Hi There,

                                                                                                My name is Tik and I just joined a couple days ago. Thought it might be good to have a place for Tassie peeps to introduce themselves, save wading through all the post looking for other locals. ...

                                                                                                mindmap on Permaculture Design Phase Tools

                                                                                                  Hi all,

                                                                                                  I made a mindmap about Permaculture “design phase” tools and methods as described on the lectures for element/garden analysis. Open to feedback…

                                                                                                  http://mind42.com/public/bb5a458f-e64a-4192-9a53-e8411396b46e

                                                                                                  Hope it helps…:-)

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                                                                                                  Great information for sustainable living, gardening, permaculture, etc.

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                                                                                                  Woodsboy

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

                                                                                                  2018-08-16

                                                                                                  Kathy Custren

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                  To place their asparagus in a jar with 1 inch of water, and covering them with a plastic bag.

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                                                                                                  Your are very complete in your coverage of permaculture and the completeness comes in easily digestible steps.

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                                                                                                  Very god articles with instructions that are easy to follow

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                                                                                                  Dorothy-Jean Chapman

                                                                                                  Based on just one download, asparagus, I would say the info presented is simple enough for a beginning sustainable practitioner to follow.

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                                                                                                  Up to date informative – helpful

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                                                                                                  This is an awesome site with lots of helpful easy to understand information to help make changes in gardening & living better to improve our environment. I’m so glad to have come across this site.

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                                                                                                  Lots of very interesting information

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                                                                                                  All you need to know how to do homesteading with sucess.

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                                                                                                  Enjoy thos website, you can learn a lot about permaculture…

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