Creatively transforms your suburban property into a thriving abundant sustainable eco-homestead
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.
Suburban Homestead Design
Have you ever thought about growing foods without harmful pesticides?
The Suburban Homestead Design course helps with the following:
- Maybe you would have your own thriving garden filled with delicious, herbicide and pesticide free fruits, vegetables and herbs. Want some juicy, succulent tomatoes for dinner, just walk outside and grab a couple. Live in an apartment? No problem, the truth is you can grow healthy, great-tasting food in an apartment as well. There are even aquaponics systems that don’t require soil.
- Maybe you build your own tank to catch rainwater and drastically cut your monthly water bills.
- Maybe you raise chickens or goats or other animals on your property. Maybe you use permaculture techniques to attract beneficial animals like bees and dragonflies to your property as well.
- Maybe you learn and implement green-living techniques that reduce your water consumption and lower your energy costs.
- Maybe you reduce food and other waste and learn how to not just protect our planet but make it a better place for future generations.
These are the skills you will gain in this self-paced online course:
- Gain a thorough understanding of what permaculture is – and how it can transform garden, communities, and people
- Learn the design principles and ethics of holistic permaculture design
- Discover how permaculture aims to provide solutions for people to live harmoniously with nature
- Understand the role observation plays in informing our design decisions
- Be able to analyze any site to appreciate the processes that are occurring within it
- Comprehend the five types of energy resources described by permaculture
- Recognize strategies to create yield from any site
- Appreciate the interrelationships between plants, animals and humans
- Gain an understanding of how patterns work in nature – and how you can use them in your designs
- Evaluate climate factors – from rainfall and temperature to snow and wind – and recognize how they influence the site.
- Discover how cycles in time and space create niches for life to happen in
- See how slope, aspect and orientation can affect design decisions
- Learn three different methods for measuring the slope of the land
- Develop strategies to maintain a healthy ecosystem over time
- Recognize some of the more common pattern shapes that are found in nature
- Find out some practical tips on applying pattern to a permaculture site
- See how wind functions, and learn five types of windbreak construction
- Understand the characteristics of the three main climate zones
- Gain practical know-how in order to preserve, rehabilitate and improve soil conditions
- Identify and harness sources of renewable power
- Have knowledge of six types of intervention we can make to influence the amount of water on our site
- Know how to construct four different types of earthworks for water storage and flow
- Be able to put practical strategies in place to minimize your impact on the water supply
- Have the knowledge to catch, store and use rainwater efficiently
- Understand the different zones of a permaculture site, and how to design for each of them – from forests to window boxes
- Know how to use trees to raise or lower the temperature on your site
- Comprehend the four ways trees impact on precipitation levels
- Evaluate the benefits of developing polycultures
- Learn how house design affects energy conservation
- Discover how to reverse the effects of desertification and soil salting
- Read the land so that you can place design elements in their most effective locations
- Recognize the factors that will influence how houses, buildings and larger settlements are organized
- Discover natural building techniques
- See how aquaculture can be an integrated ecosystem, involving plants as well as animals
- Find out about the advantages and disadvantages of various fish species
- Learn about various pond configurations and designs that may be suitable for your aquaculture system
- Understand how permaculture principles can be applied to human societies and communities
- Discover alternative ways of organizing communities to bring benefits to all
- Comprehend how the interconnectedness of all human life – as well as our place in nature – should inform how we treat one another
- Gain maximum productive yield from your property
- Know which window box conditions a variety of plants prefer
- Learn how to grow a wide variety of plants on high-rise balconies
- Recognize the best way to cultivate fruit trees in courtyards
- Understand the requirements for starting a roof garden
- Discover two types of green wall cultivation
Within this course, you will learn growing techniques for the following situations:
- Window boxes
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.
Learning the principles and design strategies of permaculture
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:
- Using planting configurations to generate self-sustaining ecosystems and more yield
- Harvesting rainwater
- Constructing earthworks
- Implementing windbreaks
- Building garden beds
- Working with wildlife
- Designing energy-efficient houses
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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.