Section Name Description
Introduction Week: Oct. 19 - 22 File Permaculture Fundamentals Course Syllabus
Page Course Overview and Format


Page Welcome to Permaculture Design (Video, 4 minutes)


Folder Presentations

This is a collection of presentations for all six weeks. You may want to download and view--or print--the slides for each presentation in this class. You may also want to print multiple slides per page to save paper (through your PDF reader.)

File Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute certificate process

Week 1: Oct. 23 - 29 Page Presentation: What is Permaculture? (Narrated Lecture 36 minutes)

Presentation: What is Permaculture? (Narrated lecture 36 minutes).

Page Presentation: Bill Mollison (YouTube Video Surfing)


File Article: What makes a site "Permaculture?"

by Steve Gabriel

URL How to Use Google Maps to Create a Base Map (video)

URL How to Make a Basemap Using Inkscape (2015)

This online article is using Australian map data and is getting old, but users of Inkscape or similiar graphic design programs such as Illustrator may find it helpful.

URL Urban Site Base Map

"...An essential part of the design process is creating a base map. A base map is an essential tool for helping model and visualise ideas. It can be used as a means of familiarising yourself with the landscape.

The simple act of building the map forces you to take a step back and view what you are working with at a more holistic level. It affords you the opportunity to view the relationship of things from a third person perspective. I also found it to be a useful motivator for creating a site survey, as essentially I tended to only record those things that either I wanted to keep or those that I knew I would need to actively work on."

from Berhampore Urban Resilience: Permaculture in Practice

URL How to calculate ratio : scale drawings and maps
URL What is a Scale Drawing? (video)
URL How to Draw a Map
File Permaculture for Agroecology: A review

This recent article was one of the first peer-reviewed papers on permaculture - an important step in a discipline that has largely been grassroots in nature. For a more informal history of the practice, check out this link:

URL David Holmgren Interview

This interview with co-founder David Holmgren provides much insight into the current state of permaculture and where it may be heading. Thanks to Scott Mann and the Permaculture Podcast.

URL Redesigning Civilization with Permaculture

This video, slightly over 1 hour in length, offers an in depth and interesting anthropological perspective on the challenges of civilization and the potential solutions permaculture offers. 

File Is Sustainable Agriculture an Oxymoron?

Is Sustainable Agriculture and Oxymoron?

Week 2: Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 Page Presentation: Ethics (Narrated Lecture, 17 minutes)


Page Presentation: Case Studies of Permaculture (Narrated Lecture, 33 minutes)
URL VIDEO: The Permaculture Orchard
URL VIDEO: Digging Deeper, Radix Center and Scott Kellogg

File Reading: Finding a Sense of Surplus


URL VIDEO: Don Tipping's Farm

Permaculture seed wizard Don Tipping takes us on a 10 minute animated tour of the epic Seven Seeds Farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, USA. The farm was designed using Permaculture Principles and Keyline patterning. We follow the water system from top to bottom, and then the amazing downstream effects are revealed. This video was produced by Andrew Millison as part of the course content for his online Permaculture Design Course and Advanced Design Practicum, taught through the Horticulture department at Oregon State University. Please visit to register for courses, or for more information.

URL VIDEO: Bullock Brothers Homestead

Peak Moment 68: Take a tour with Joe, Doug and Sam Bullock on their Orcas Island homestead, site of a yearly Permaculture design course. Using nature as their model, they create edges and wildlife habitat, move water through the landscape, promote diversity, and raise an astonishing variety of plants from sub-arctic to tropical -- a wise investment in these climate-changing times.

URL VIDEO: INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective
URL VIDEO: Greening the Desert
File Article: The Myth of Self Reliance
Week 3: Nov. 6 - 12 Page Presentation: Permaculture Principles (Narrated Lecture, 45 minutes)
Page Presentation: Applied Ecosystem Design (Narrated Lecture, 50 minutes)
Page Presentation: Pattern #1 (Narrated Lecture, 18 min)
Page Ecological Design & Cities: City Repair in Portland (Videos)
File Reading: Ecology Primer for Permaculture Students

Learn basic components of ecological systems with some design considerations.

URL Video: Questioning "Native" Plants

Toby Hemenway proposes some interesting questions about Native plants.

File Article: Weeds or Wild Nature?

By David Holmgren

URL Reading: The City is not a Tree by Chris Alexander (1965)

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URL Design from Patterns to Details


URL "Decoding Patterm"


URL Pattern Understanding by Geoff Lawton (video)
Week 4: Nov. 13 - 19 Page Presentation: Climate & Adapting to Climate Change (Narrated Lecture 45 minutes)


Page Appropriate Technology (YouTube Videos, approx. 35 minutes)


Page Reading: Carbon-Sequestering Agriculture
URL Presentation: Edible Landscaping, Permaculture, and Climate Change

Extension Aide Steve Gabriel presents on the topics of edible landscaping, permaculture, and climate change at a conference for Master Gardeners and Extension staff at the Dept. of Horticulture entitled “Organic and Sustainable Gardening in a Warmer World“.

URL Article: The Bathtub Effect by Peter Bane

"We are learning that a warming world means a wetter world."

Week 5: Nov. 20 - 27 Page Presentation: Zone, Sector, Elevation Planning (Narrated Lecture, 20 minutes)


File Zones and Sectors in the City - Anderson (PDF Article)

Download the article by clicking on the PDF link.

Page Sector Map Example (video, 12 minutes)
URL Video: Intro to Solar Orientation

Students not familiar with the basics of solar orientation and the dynamics of the sun may find this video helpful in their understanding.

Week 6: Nov. 27 - Dec. 4 Page Presentation: Permaculture Plants (Narrated Lecture, 29 minutes)
Page Presentation: Polycultures vs. Guilds (Narrated Lecture, 22 minutes)
Page Reading: Early Writing on Forest Gardens

David Jackie was inspired by Robert Hart and Patrick Whitefield in the Great Britian, and BIll Mollison in Australia. This article helped promulgate the idea of "forest gardening" in North America.

Folder Niche Analysis Worksheets

Use these to fill out a niche analysis for the species of you choice; available in PDF and DOC format.

Page Article: Perennial Staple Crops of the World – Toensmeier

Reading: Perennial Staple Crops of the World – Toensmeier.

URL Video: Establishing a Food Forest the Permaculture Way

Sorry folks,I found out the posting is illegal for copyright issues. I was unaware and we've used this video for several years. You can sign up to Geoff Lawton's mailing list and access a bunch of videos for free:

Here is a listing of other food forest videos featuring Geoff Lawton:

URL Google Earth Tutorial

Short video covering the basics of using google earth.

Page Office Hours (Dec. 1, 2 & 3)
Concluding Weeks URL Private Office Hours, Dec. 7
URL Private Office Hours, Dec. 8
URL Private Office Hours, Dec. 9