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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

                                      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

                                        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 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

                                            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

                                              4 Reasons to Consider a Pond in Your Permaculture Design

                                                Water is important on many levels. At the most fundamental, it is an essential ingredient for all life on earth. In a permaculture garden, the effective

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    How to Bring Permaculture Into the Workplace

                                                      While putting permaculture principles into practice at home is a matter of choice for you and your family, applying them to the workplace can be

                                                      How to Use Household Appliances Efficiently

                                                        Most modern homes are filled with all manner of appliances and devices that use electricity. These appliances help to make life easier in some

                                                        How Stacking Functions Can Improve Yields and Reduce Work

                                                          Companion planting is based on the idea of another permaculture concept stacking functions. Every element (read: plant, animal, mineral, etc)

                                                          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

                                                            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

                                                              8 Edible Flowers That Fit Permaculture Plot

                                                                Flowering plants that don t produce a fruit or vegetable can seem a bit of a luxury in the permaculture garden. Sure, they may look beautiful, but

                                                                3 Types of Aquaponics Systems

                                                                  Aquaponics is a system of cultivation that is starting to become much better known, both in terms of commercial agricultural production and the smaller

                                                                  Healing People and Planet Through Natural Building

                                                                    The cob walls of Devonshire, which are formed of clay and straw trodden together by oxen, have been known to last above a century without requiring

                                                                    6 Tips for Growing Broccoli

                                                                      Broccoli is an incredibly nutritious vegetable. It is part of the Brassica family alongside species such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage

                                                                      Companion Planting: Working Together Always Wins

                                                                        Somehow conventional agriculture decided that planting rows and rows of the same crop stretched out for what seems like miles was the best solution for

                                                                        How to Grow Swiss Chard

                                                                          Despite its name, Swiss chard is not native to Switzerland it takes its moniker from the fact that it was identified and categorized by a Swiss

                                                                          Here are some hot discussions in our forums...

                                                                          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.

                                                                            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 ...

                                                                              Old bathtubs

                                                                                We have three old bathtubs on our property. I thought of using them as small ponds but the sides are too slick and steep. Does anyone thinks they would be put to good use as sunken garden ...

                                                                                G'day mate

                                                                                  Hi I am Trent.

                                                                                  From Australia obviously.
                                                                                  I don’t really say g’day mate normally but thought that’s how an Aussie should introduce himself to the world 🙂

                                                                                  Hello from the Philippines!

                                                                                    Hello! I am very much interested in sustainable living using the principles of permaculture. I would like to see more people caring for the environment. I started out first with waste segregation which led me to composting, vermicomposting, bokashi ...

                                                                                    Free e-books on sustainability

                                                                                      There are a number of free e-books on various social issues at http://www.green-shopping.co.uk. I’ve read parts of some and they are very good.

                                                                                      what bill mollison videos jay is showing in lecture #21?

                                                                                        I’ve googled and searched youtube…LOTS of options come up, but I’d really like to follow along with whatever Jay is talking about in lecture #21. Thank You to anyone who can help! Cheers All! 🙂

                                                                                        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 ...

                                                                                          Hello from Grants Pass Oregon

                                                                                            I can’t believe I found this course! Lucky me. I find myself growing and loving every moment, but feeling increasingly desperate. I have limited space, but I have lots of plots at the community garden. I feel this is ...

                                                                                            design software?

                                                                                              shalom to all u permies~!

                                                                                              ive been fiddeling around for quite a while now with sketchup in order to bring my design to life…. and i feel sooooooooo frustrated because its really challanging to make what i want with ...

                                                                                              Anthropomorphization and Irony

                                                                                                I enjoyed the irony of this moment in the fourth lecture on principles:

                                                                                                Minute 25: “What nature wants to do with bare ground is cover it up, immediately. so it’s going to use whatever plant is available. Cover it up. ...

                                                                                                Q&A With Instructors?

                                                                                                  I’ve been talking with Larry and a couple other teachers about doing regular Q&As on the forums here. Would you all have interest in submitting questions weekly for Larry and others to answer? If so, we can ...

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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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                                                                                                  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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