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    So pleased to see this free offering. I don’t believe people should have to pay to learn essential life skills of any sort. I’m on 50 acres of Acadian forest in a solar-heated house with enough land cleared that I grow pretty much all my veggies and fruits for year round use, keep bees, and all that.



    Hi Sharon, it’s Margaret from Australia here. I’ve just been re reading L. M. Montgomery’s books and I’m in awe of her descriptions of PE Island in June – or at any time, really. Now I’m fascinated by the island. Lucky you, living there!



    Hi Margaret, Good to meet you. Yes, it’s pretty beautiful here and I love it but we have our problems too. I’m an environmental activist working on agriculture issues. We have massive fish kills caused by pesticides, the air is filled with a cocktail of cancer-causing pesticides (according to government air monitoring) and virtually every drop of drinking water is contaminated with chemical fertilizer. This is all from the industrial potato industry. Sorry to be such a downer! We’re fighting to get rid of the industry and become 100% organic. A long haul though. Australia is spectacular too! Here’s a documentary about PEI and these problems, including lots of beautiful scenery.

    Sharon Labchuk



    Hello Sharon and welcome to the Online Permaculture Design Course!

    I am really thrilled that you have chosen to join us for this world-changing program. With many tens of thousands of enrolled students, this is the world’s largest permaculture education course, and we’re really quite excited to share this knowledge with you.

    I want to take a moment to let you know about a few options that can help you get the most out of your learning experience with us:

    – Our instructors answer questions on these forums, and we generally really encourage you to participate in the forums as much as you can, as it will really help you engage with this material in the best possible way. You are encouraged to post any questions you may have about the lectures or general permaculture questions.

    – The course itself is offered completely free of charge (no catch, no gotcha, nothing). We also offer the same material on DVD (so you can watch it on your television) and you can purchase the DVD sets @

    – We do offer the internationally-standard Permaculture Design Certificate as an option with this course. The certificate program includes an experiential design project and examination; the design project can be for virtually any topic, including your own property. You can learn more about the certification @

    If you agree that the knowledge we offer in these lectures is worthwhile, we encourage you to support the continued development of this program by purchasing the DVD sets and the certification. The DVD sets also make truly gifts for friends and loved ones, and are a great way to introduce other people to permaculture (consider donating a set of DVDs to your local library!).

    Again, welcome on-board. I encourage you to take a moment to post on the other forums. If you have any questions, please post them in the Technical Questions or the Q&A forums (/forums). On behalf of our entire team, we hope that you enjoy this program and look forward to seeing you take this knowledge into the wild!

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