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Join us in our hands-on approach both in-person and online.
We have the longest running course in Florida, delivered by one of the most senior designers in the US.
And yes, we do designs and consulting as well.

Why Permaculture?

The short version

It has the tools to make life easier and not only sustainable but regenerative, and FUN with an abundance of healthy food from your own land. It has the potential to play a pivotal role in the quality of our lives as the planets climate continues to change, but only if we use it. Here's a short story that serves as a good example.
The background

Today we are facing issues such as lack of food security, climate change, and continuously diminishing agricultural land, which indirectly tend to lead to things such as health issues and economic insecurity. Continue reading for a brief story and solution.
First, we need to know what the three things are that healthy soil depends on:
  •  air
  •  water
  •  nutrition

You may ask how does the soil get ruined? We have plenty of air and water, they put nitrogen into the soil, why is it bad now?

Creating the problem

To understand the questions raised above you need to look at what happens when you drive a tractor over soil. The soil gets compressed, and that compression prevents oxygen and water from entering the soil, and at the same time it kills the microbes, which plants depend on.

(The microbes is an integral part in what makes soil alive and fertile. Soil is not some dead thing that only serves to hold plants upright, it has communication networks created with microbes underground allowing plant nutrition to flow to trees and plants.)

Fertilizer is now prevented from entering and mostly lays on the top of the soil, plus the fertilizers used are usually toxic and kills microbes. (One workaround in use is to buy expensive tools to inject the fertilizer into the soil, but it is very costly and entirely unnecessary with permaculture.)

Planting tends to coincide with seasonal rain which comes in and washes away the unprotected, plowed topsoil along with chemical fertilizers. You can see why a lot more chemicals end up being applied to counter what the rain washed away.

Fertilizer on the move

Where does the fertilizer go? It is carried by the water and too often end up flowing into water systems that lead to the ocean in Florida and other Gulf states (a third of our farm land washes into the Mississippi) where the sudden inflow of nitrates feeds the infamous toxic red-tide algae, killing millions of fish and other sea life and causing a health hazard for humans. Some of the chemicals makes their way into our ground water and turns up in our drinking water.

Soil has been washing away for the last century to a point where the top soil, which is where we grow our plants, is all but gone. Which created a new industry - selling soil. A few decades ago the idea of paying for things such as water, or air, was similar to try to sell ice to Eskimos. Things have not been going in the right direction for a long time.

It's very possible to prevent all of this, with the right approach which is well within our capacity to implement both a global scale as well as for our garden.

The solution

Sustainable means that something can continue without depleting resources. Regenerative means that you are not only sustainable but that you put more into it than you took out; you are actively improving or healing the system.

Regenerative systems retain their ability to produce abundance. This approach becomes a long term “way of life” and are key parts of permaculture.
Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture, set out looking for a deeper knowledge and traveled across continents visiting indigenous people and learning about the most successful farming methods used by them over hundreds and even thousands of years.

From this hands-on research he was able to formulate a number of principles based on a whole systems design where everything that is affected is evaluated before any action is taken. It starts with the ethics of care for the earth, care for people and care for the future. He noted that working with nature instead of against her increased the longevity and abundance in these natural systems. These principles now help us create a more resilient, holistic, permanent culture, which is how the word permaculture was formed.

Growing food using these principles is simple, does not require expensive machines or tools, and anyone can learn how to do it. Permaculture is about designing one's life to be more regenerative. This can be broken down into design projects; for instance, a permaculture landscape design would include fruit trees, edible landscaping, and gardens.

Using these regenerative gardening techniques, it's possible to grow enough food to be able to sell excess at farmers markets and other local outlets all while feeding your family really healthy and nutritious food.

A movie was made which gives you a nice visual understanding of how permaculture helps the world:

The movie is Kiss the Ground, https://kissthegroundmovie.com

The opportunity

You can now avoid repeating the same mistakes made by people for a very long time, all across the world. Thanks to the work made by of Bill Mollison you can now easily learn how to grow your own food and coexist with nature by attending the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) which gives you the knowledge to apply the permaculture principles to solve many of the issues we face today. The PDC is a paradigm shift, a new and healthy way where everyone can find happiness without destroying the future. Enroll now and reserve a seat, seating is limited!

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
-- Bill Mollison

Founder of permaculture

Learning Permaculture

The introductory course to permaculture is called the Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and is the foundation for how to learn and apply permaculture. With the full PDC under your belt, you are ready to dive into any area of interest from any and all of the main eight areas of permaculture.

Online

Our In-Person PDC have a class limit and is done over six months. Delivered in both urban and farm settings you come one weekend a month (fall courses skip December) to suit those who cannot get away from work.

We incorporate multiple learning styles including:
• hands on,
• visual aids,
• immersion,
• lecture,
• interaction

With the course we include materials, videos, expert speakers, field trips - when feasible, focused hands on activities (that give you step by step useful skill sets), Florida-specific information (and other areas when asked for), written materials, networking and help with career opportunities.

We live in this community and care about its future. We continue to work with graduates to create something better, together. We also offer assistance in coordinating carpooling and housing during the class between student and graduates who live locally.

(Graduates of the In-Person PDC can attend the Online course at 50% discount with the same benefits.)
Tell me more about the Online course

In-Person

Our online courses includes practical activities much the same as if you were in front of our instructors in the in-person course but you gain the freedom to follow your own schedule, and there is an added bonus for online material as it remains available to you after you graduate and includes more optional material than can be delivered in-person.

This can be considered part of your personal library.

We are taking great care to not deliver a purely theoretical course, but one that is as close as possible to the in-person class. To that end we have similar hands-on activities you perform where you are, we have video conference calls where we have guest speakers and students have an opportunity to have a direct interaction with instructors and students alike.

In addition each class has its private forum where questions and ideas can be exchanged. You retain access to the course after you complete it, which you can use as a reference and or to review when you need to.

Personal mentoring is included, there are optional additional In-Person classes available on the farm for when that is not enough. Though with the minimum requirement of 4 students. We will help with filling the class.
Tell me more about the In-Person course

Student Survey

Feedback: what did you like the most about today's class?
  • I loved showing the thoroughness of a site assessment, and the wealth of useful references available therein. So much gratitude for showing not just the end result, but also the references you used to get there!

  • I'm amazed, this is extremely professional, friendly, interesting and highly educational. Excellent job!!!

  • Many solutions to solve problems and graphics included & sections on how indigenous people were way ahead in there practices & principles of growing food.

  • Enjoyed reading about techniques used in other cultures. Others just boxed it up and slapped a label on it.

  • Marvelous. I had no idea that the mind could be expanded so, without drugs. Mind-Mapping. Most Excellent.

  • The accessibility of information for beginners, very digestible.

  • What I like the most is the simplicity in videos and questionnaires, options in participating and ways to do so through each lesson, and availability to fast forward video for a faster pace.

  • The various review of visible structures. How they are made, especially the pros & cons of each. Very well done.

  • The behavioral influences in developing cultures among groups also the Lakota people & horse pictures were beautiful.

  • The content is very thorough and applicable.

  • I loved the examples of previous permaculture projects, emphasizing the fact that it takes a lot of initiative to build something that benefits a whole community.

Graduate Testimonials

This Permaculture Design Certificate Course changed my life. I feel so fortunate to have the information that will allow me to be fully self-sufficient, off the grid, living with true abunadance, and I am grateful that I know how to create abundance for entire communities. I'm certain that working in and with Permaculture is how I can contribute to dramatically improving the world, right now. We really can feed the world and solve most of the world's problems in a garden. Kudos to Koreen for a valuable, practical introduction to all the key elements of permaculture design. I am so grateful I took this course.
I.O.
I really enjoyed the whole PDC experience. I knew I would, but it was even better than I had thought. I loved the detailed theoretical classes in which I learned how to build soil, how to make it faster than it would happen naturally, how plants benefit each other. I also liked the hands on experiences a lot, it made many concepts so much clearer. I enjoyed the teacher's methods, and the warmth of the teachers' helpers.

It was a learning experience in every single level not to mention a great opportunity to meet nice people and grow. Thanks!!!
S.M.
I've had my permaculture friends tell me this course changed their life. I never understood why, or what the fuss was about, until I did the course myself. It is a paradigm shift to a much nicer and better paradigm. Don't hesitate to do this course!
A.N.
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