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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

        Communication Course

          Communicate to collaborate learn how to make positivity and mindfulness the guiding principles of your conversations Discover how to interact with others

          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

                    Mediation Course

                      Learn how to move from conflict to collaboration advanced communication techniques to consistently create positive connectionMake mindfulness your

                      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

                          Nutrition Course

                            Eat, feel, and live better. Learn how food affects your body, how to eat plants and feel greatGain an understanding of what effect different types of food

                            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

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                                      5 Functions of Soils

                                        Soil is amazing. It is the medium in which much plant and animal life depends. It is also a dynamic system, changing according to the environmental

                                        What if Cities Could Feed the World?

                                          When we think about food and farming, it s easy to imagine a bucolic setting of rural pastures, far removed from the busy hum and thrum of city life

                                          5 Methods of Natural Pest Management

                                            In permaculture design, we are always looking for natural ways to solve problems. So, for instance, if we detect a lack of nitrogen in the soil, we

                                            6 Mass Extinctions

                                              There is a growing school of scientific thought that the Earth is in the middle of the sixth great extinction event in its history. A mass extinction

                                              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

                                                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 Natural Building Techniques

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

                                                    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

                                                      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

                                                        6 Reasons Why Good Ventilation is Essential for Greenhouses

                                                          At its most basic level, a greenhouse absorbs sunlight inside the structure, making for warmer growing conditions than those outside. A greenhouse can

                                                          How to Grow Fruit Trees in Containers

                                                            Firstly, growing fruit trees in containers is a great option for permaculture gardeners who are short on space. They may not have garden beds with

                                                            8 Tips to Increase Yield from Your Garden Beds

                                                              Permaculture seeks to maximize the yield from a cultivated plot. Without compromising the health of the plants, the soil or the animal life that is

                                                              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

                                                                6 Sources of Renewable Energy

                                                                  Ninety seven percent of scientists agree that man-made climate change is a real and present danger to the health of the planet. The emissions produced by

                                                                  How to Grow Walnuts

                                                                    It is often claimed that walnuts were one of the first food crops to be cultivated by human beings. Their history is certainly a long one, with its

                                                                    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 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

                                                                        5 Reasons to Eat Less Meat

                                                                          There are many ways in which modern agricultural practices harm the environment. Clearing of native vegetation destroys biodiversity and deprives wildlife

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                                                                          Hello from South Africa

                                                                            I am fascinated with Permaculture and been learning as I can bit by bit with videos/articles/forums online. This free course is just wonderful. Thank you so very very much!

                                                                            I live in the Hartbeespoort area alongside the Crocodile River. 21 ...

                                                                            Hi from Georgetown TX

                                                                              Hi all!

                                                                              My husband, son and I are just north of Austin. We’ve got 3 raised beds … 20 chickens or so, a small riding stable. a couple water collectors behind the barn.

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                                                                              Invasive species – Japanese knotweed

                                                                                I live in the suburbs of Copenhagen, close to a lake which is a popular site for leisure activities. Unfortunately Japanese knotweed is taking over the landscape and shores of the lake. Local authorities are considering to allow the ...

                                                                                design software?

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                                                                                  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 ...

                                                                                  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 ...

                                                                                    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 ...

                                                                                      Removing trees entirely to restart native plant growth? (ex commercial forest)

                                                                                        Similar to Rauls’ post “how to bring back life to a very depleted land??” I am facing a similar riddle.

                                                                                        We bought 10 acres of ex State Forest, in Queensland Australia, that has been slashed 2-3 times per annum for ...

                                                                                        Sheet mulching/cardboard ink

                                                                                          Cardboard is meant to be really good in sheet mulching. I’m just about to do some of it in my backyard but I’m concerned about the ink in the text written on the cardboard(heavy metals/general chemicals). Does anyone knows ...

                                                                                          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 ...

                                                                                            Sending you guys some Green Love from South Africa!

                                                                                              Hello all you fellow Green lovers! A quick meet and greet from my side: I am a 27 year old female living in SA and my dream is to Open a fully Sustainable Eco-Backpackers in the next 3 years, ...

                                                                                              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 ...

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