The ultimate introduction to permaculture and sustainable living!

Have you always wanted to try permaculture, organic gardening, going green, and sustainable living but don’t know where to start?

Would you like to make your garden, your home, and even your life, greener, and more focused on sustainability?

How about transforming your property so that it provides you with delicious food, fresh water, incredible interactions with nature, and a ton of pleasure?

Permaculture Basics

The Permaculture Basics course gives you the perfect introduction to all aspects of permaculture, green living and organic gardening.

It also offers simple strategies to bring permaculture principles to bear on your relationships, your diet and your communication skills, so that you can be more productive and positive in all areas of your life.

Here are the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:

  • Make your own organic compost and use it to boost your crops
  • Transform your diet to be healthier, fitter and full of energy
  • Reuse water from your home in your garden – saving water and money on your bills
  • Learn strategies to reduce conflict and foster positive outcomes in conversation
  • Minimize water waste in your home and garden
  • Discover the many benefits of trees to your garden – and the planet
  • Be able to apply permaculture to any environment
  • Transform towns and cities with green living strategies
  • Find out how nature uses pattern to preserve energy
  • Build many different kinds of garden beds
  • Know about the life processes that make for a healthy soil
  • Plant crops for maximum yield

The course begins by looking at the simplest way of prolonging your harvest – storing your fruit and vegetables so that they deteriorate at the slowest rate possible. Different types of produce require different conditions to remain fresh for the longest time, and we’ll explore the various options. You’ll discover which crops do best in an outhouse or cellar and which.

Introduction to permaculture
Gain a basic understanding of what permaculture is, and develop a good grounding in the ethical principles that inform permaculture.

Permaculture design and nature
Understand how permaculture views humans’ relationship to nature. Then discover the five guiding design principles used in permaculture.

Practical permaculture strategies
Learn the eight methods used in permaculture design, and appreciate how such design seeks to create harmonious assemblies of elements.

Be aware of how pattern affects how energy flows, and understand how patterns can interact – and how important boundaries between patterns are in permaculture design.

Discover the primary climatic considerations that will influence your permaculture design, and understand how the latitude of your site, as well as its topographical features can impact upon climate conditions.

Appreciate the central role that trees play to life on Earth, and learn about the ways trees influence climate conditions on your site.

Uncover the components and characteristics of soil structure, and comprehend how soils interact with water, gases, chemicals, and animals.

Water efficiency
Discover the variety of reasons why humans use earthworks, and the benefits they can bring to a site. Also learn about the range of earthworks, their characteristics and their advantages

Tropical permaculture
Master techniques to improve the soil in humid tropical areas, and earth-shaping methods to enhance cultivation. After studying this section, you will also know how to make dwellings in such areas comfortable for the inhabitants.

Desert permaculture
Discover how to harvest and utilize water most efficiently in desert and dry environments, and learn planting and cultivation techniques to create a diverse desert garden.

Cool permaculture
Know the specific characteristics of cool humid and cold climates, and discover how different elements, such as soil and water, function in these climatic conditions.

Social permaculture
Understand how permaculture principles can be applied to human societies and communities, and discover alternative ways of organizing communities to bring benefits to all.

Rainwater harvesting
Consider how rainwater harvesting can help groundwater supplies, soil, plants, animals and humans, and gain an understanding of the many ways rainwater can be harvested.

Discover some of the potential uses for graywater on a permaculture plot, and realize how small changes in behavior can make a big saving in water use.

Learn about the benefits compost gives to soil, and the plants growing in it. In this section you’ll also find out which materials are suitable additions to a compost pile.

Uncover the range of benefits organic mulch can provide, and appreciate the characteristics of different types of organic mulch.

Garden beds
Discover how good soil helps plants and animals survive and thrive, and be able to differentiate between types of garden bed and understand their roles.

Planting strategies
Understand how companion planting helps plants flourish – and give you more yield – and be able to design companion, guild and succession planting plans for your own site.

Water earthworks
Analyze the suitability of earthworks for your site, and learn about all the benefits a pond can bring to a permaculture site.

Fresh water
Consider how precious a resource fresh water is, and gain an understanding of the types of intervention we can make to influence the amount of water on your site.

A greener home
Understand how even small changes in your home fit with the permaculture principle ‘Care of the Earth’, and be able to put it into practice, using a variety of household appliances more efficiently to save energy and money.

Become more mindful of what you put into your body, and recognize the importance of hydration to good health.

Appreciate the reasons why aquaculture can be a viable part of permaculture design, and learn how to analyze how various design factors – from water quality and flow to the shape of a pond – will influence yield from an aquaculture system.

Build your self-sufficiency skills with a self-paced online learning experience