To examine the basics of permaculture design and understand the potential for ecological design on a multitude of scales and contexts. Particpants will learn the foundational ethics, principles, and planning tools to design ecological sites in the context of their local ecosystem and future environmental change (climate change).

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define permaculture and describe examples of permaculture sites
  • Apply permaculture ethics and principles to a variety of contexts
  • Discuss impacts of climate change and adaption strategies
  • Consider appropriate use of energy and technology in sustainable systems
  • Understand a range of multi-purpose plants and design multi-kingdom polycultures

The purpose of this permaculture course in the series is to cultivate ecological literacy by looking at the complex symbiotic relationships in both natural and cultivated systems. Students will explore and apply systems thinking to their own gardens, farms, and backyards.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define permaculture and describe key elements of permaculture systems.
  • Read the patterns of natural landscapes and apply them to design. 
  • Discover living soil and how to regenerate and maintain soil health. 
  • Apply water harvesting techniques and mitigate water issues. 
  • Appreciate the role of trees and forests in productive conservation systems. 
  • Describe the important role of animals and aquatic systems in permaculture.

This course is one of three that we offer in permaculture design. (Read more about Permaculture Design: Fundamentals of Ecological Design and Permaculture Design: Design Practicum

Permaculture Design: Practicum is a 4.5-week online course provides an opportunity for you to build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design. Permaculture gardens, farms, and backyards balance the provision of human needs with improvement of local ecosystem health. Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, and activities and complete portions of design for a site of their choosing.

Prerequisite: You must have taken either the Permaculture Fundamentals or Permaculture: Ecosystem Mimicry Course (or both) to register for the Practicum.