This self-paced Suburban Eco-Homestead Sustainable Design Online Video Course gives you a comprehensive understanding of permaculture, with its origins, theory, and practical tools to enable you to create your own thriving suburban eco-homestead.
The Suburban Homestead Design course helps with the following:
Within this course, you will learn growing techniques for the following situations:
You’ll learn what you need to provide in each of these situations to ensure robust plant growth and good crop yields. We’ll look at different types of containers in which to house your plants, the sort of soil that makes the best option for box and container gardening, the importance of effective irrigation in urban agriculture, and precautions to take against potential climatic conditions that urban locations are particularly prone to. We’ll also highlight some of the crop species that are suitable for each type of growing location, and show you how you can best ensure healthy plants.
The course also explains how access to a courtyard expands your growing options to take in fruit trees – which can be grown in containers a lot more easily than perhaps you might first think. Beyond individual growing opportunities, the course also examines collaborative cultivation strategies for urban areas.
We’ll explore the many benefits that community gardening projects can bring to a neighborhood:
• Providing reasons for community engagement
• Providing fresh, healthy, seasonal food
• Improving local air quality
• Offering learning opportunities
From there, we’ll guide you through the steps to take if your wish to start your own community gardening initiative. You’ll learn how to work out the aims of the project, which services your local authorities may be able to provide, who to approach to source a site from, and how to maintain community engagement with the garden over the long term.
The section on community gardening also looks at the three key factors that you will need to analyze on any site to ensure the success of your project – the quality of the soil, the availability of water and exposure to sunlight.
Leading on from community gardening, the course also explores two other options for collaborative permaculture practice – land share, and co-operative farms.
We also explore how permaculture principles can be effective in urban areas in ways other than food cultivation. So, for instance, the course looks at the many benefits that trees can bring to urban inhabitants – from muffling noise and reducing air pollution, to modifying temperatures given how the concrete an asphalt of tons and cities can raise the ambient temperature by several degrees – and how planting strategies can be used to make urban buildings more energy efficient.
You get access to over 12 hours of animated video presentations that take you through all aspects of permaculture. Over a series of modules you will discover all aspects of permaculture history, design and application.
You’ll discover why permaculture was first developed, and the guiding principles and ethics that underpin all permaculture applications. You’ll learn all about the patterns that occur in nature, why they have evolved, and how to work in harmony with them on your own property.
The course also covers the analysis that is required of any site before a design is implemented, such as observing climatic conditions, reading the landscape, and understanding all the processes that are occurring in the soil, in plants and trees, and in the connections between them.
You’ll also be given a great deal of invaluable knowledge to help guide your permaculture practice, including:
There will also be discussion about how people, plants and animals interact in harmonious ecosystems, how we can promote healthy self-sustaining ecosystems, and how livestock and aquaculture can become a part of your permaculture design.
You will see how such permaculture practice should be applied depending on your type of climate – from mountaintops to deserts, from tropical islands to suburban backyards, and everywhere in-between.
You will also explore how permaculture principles can be applied to local and global communities; in ways that are based on sustainable resource use, protection of the natural world, and positive interrelationships between people.
These learning modules are based on the seminal text “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual” by one of the founders of the movement, Bill Mollison, and watching the video alongside reading the manual gives you two distinct methods of learning. Taking in information in a variety of ways is a proven method of making it more tangible and likely to stock in your mind. That’s why we are also providing you with voice-over that accompanies each video as an audio stream, so that you can learn on the go, whether that’s listening in the car or when out for a walk.