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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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                                      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

                                        Why Business Ecosystems Can Expand Our Impact

                                          There is incredible power in working together with people from different fields of expertise, united by common values. Expanding the permaculture community

                                          Composting 101: 6 Steps to a Vibrant Backyard Compost Pile

                                            Garden compost is super simple to create - you just need to follow a few rules to make sure that what comes out of your pile is odor-free, rich, vibrant

                                            7 Benefits of Growing Food in Cities

                                              The World Health Organization reported that in 2014, more than half of the total population of the planet lived in urban areas. While there are

                                              7 Permaculture Principles for Social Communities

                                                Permaculture designed is based on the notion that actions and within and upon a system should bring benefit to the system as a whole. This principle can

                                                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

                                                  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

                                                    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

                                                      Renewable Energy is Here - Solar Energy Prices Are Hitting The Floor

                                                        Solar Energy - Past, Present And Future Who knew in just one decade solar energy would become a leading source of renewable energy? Two states, California

                                                        How to Grow Peppers

                                                          Peppers are great additions to a permaculture plot, not only because they are relatively easy to grow and provide good crops when given the right

                                                          Fish Species Suitable for Aquaponics System

                                                            Aquaponics systems are becoming more and more popular as additions to permaculture gardens. In fact, they are becoming increasingly important in the

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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

                                                                  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

                                                                    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

                                                                      5 Categories of Plants for Ponds

                                                                        A pond is a very beneficial feature to incorporate into a permaculture property. Water ecosystems are very productive and ponds provide an opportunity

                                                                        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

                                                                          Here are some hot discussions in our forums...

                                                                          Collecting Rainwater

                                                                            Hi. We have to move some guttering. And there will be an amount of rain water that will now arrive into part of my garden. My idea is a collecting tank but not sure what size as I am ...

                                                                            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 ...

                                                                              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…


                                                                                Hope it helps…:-)


                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  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. ...

                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                      when to split wood now or later?

                                                                                        Hello! We’ve just had two trees felled (poplar and spruce) and we are hoping to at least burn what we can in our wood stove–the rest will be used in our planting beds (at least for the poplar)

                                                                                        We’re ...

                                                                                        Maple tree canopy…food forest?

                                                                                          I have a 100+ year old farmstead that has HUGE old maples in the yard. I just started the course, but wanted to start thinking about things I can add this spring. I have no understory….just maples to grass. ...

                                                                                          Greywater mulch pit doubling as a swale

                                                                                            I am still trying to mull over how we could have a greywater system on our hillside property. I was already thinking about digging in some large swales along the countour of the hillside and then mulching them ...

                                                                                            Maria, Lisboa – Objectivo: Rede de permacultura em Portugal

                                                                                              Olá! QUe bom ver tanta gente interessada nesta abordagem à agricultura em Portugal.
                                                                                              O meu background é em Economia do Desenvolvimento e especializei-me em Administração e Planeamento para o Desenvolvimento, pela University College London, no Reino Unido, onde também ...

                                                                                              school gardening and urban agriculture

                                                                                                i am jet orbida from binalbagan, negros occidental. my dreams are SCHOOL VEGETABLE GARDENING and URBAN AGRICULTURE. the phils is rich in natural resources. it’s taken for granted that’s why school children should be encouraged to plant for them ...

                                                                                                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 ...

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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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