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    $1,200.00

    16 modules · 418 lessons · 401 students

    The Permaculture Design Course teaches how we can utilize today’s tools and technology to shape a more sustainable and equitable world for all species. Permaculture is more than just planting a garden. It is a sustainable design approach that is applicable to all human activities.

    Permaculture covers all aspects of human life. It is grounded in practical real world design and extends into the complex realm of sustainable social design. It extends further into the invisible design of organizing energy exchange between people and communities. The PDC empowers, informs and trains people to be effective designers and agents of active change in their homes and communities. The PDC endeavors to teach teachers, in order to spread and localize this important information. The permaculture community is unified by the common ethic of earth care, people care and return of surplus.

    In this way we actively change the world one garden at a time.

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    What do you get when you purchase access to the PDC Library?

    • Lifetime access to an ever-expanding library of Permaculture instruction. Nothing like this has ever been done before!
    • 72 hours of instructional video from Josiah Wallingford
    • Students will recieve a signed certificate upon completion
    • Over 100 more hours of unedited content has been added and presented by:
      • Paul Wheaton
      • Jack Spirko
      • Tim Barker
      • Thomas J. Elpel
      • Helen Atthowe
      • Ernie Wisner
      • Erica Wisner
      • Jacqueline Freeman
      • Zachary Weiss
      • Davin Hoyt
      • Nick Ferguson

    Access to hours of additional content as it is created:
    Recently added Appropriate Technology Course - over 100 hours of additional unedited content!
    Hours of Q&A and adjunctive videos from instructors like Jack Spirko and Nick Ferguson
    All these videos will be available to you for life and can be downloaded in HD (720p) at your convenience.

    Certificate Example

    Permaculture Design Course Instructors

     

    1329540001_JosiahWallingford.thumb.jpg.1a630e37d652543836d94b70931aa183.jpgJosiah Wallingford

    Josiah has taken many walks in life from his eight-year carrier in the US military as a 19D (Cavalry Scout); twelve years in the tech industry installing serves, wireless networks, and web development; the Flathead Valley 911 center as a radio technician; permaculture consultant and installer. 

    He is the founder and owner of PermaEthos, Brink of Freedom magazine and ThriveThrough. As the host of PETV Presentations, Josiah has interviewed countless professionals in the permaculture and preparedness industry, 13-month Intern to Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast and co-host of Permaculture Smackdown. Josiah managed Elisha Springs Farm in West Virginia with his business partners Jack Spirko, Nicholas Ferguson, Kevin Keegan and Charlie Mitchell. As a film producer, editor, director, and videographer, Josiah has created multiple online education courses including Creating Gaia's Garden with Toby Hemenway, Passive Solar Greenhouse Design Course with Rob Avis, Systems of Beekeeping with Michael Jordan and more.

     


    PaulWheaton.thumb.jpg.14c2846736c23551bf08c7574098b5d8.jpgPaul Wheaton
    Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture, was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two online communities. One is about Permaculture, permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

    He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques, which a recent study showed to have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron, and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.

     


    1359857534_JackSpirko.thumb.jpg.78c381ad053c31f7d1097cc0b67a9529.jpgJack Spirko

    In 2008 Jack Spirko founded The Survival Podcast where he coined the term modern survivalism, a philosophy based on 12 tenets that lead to self-sufficiency, self-reliance, independence and personal liberty. From the very beginning, he taught that producing your own food and supporting local agriculture were critical to ensuring your personal independence. During the countless hours of research that went into the production of his daily podcast, he discovered the threat represented by industrial agriculture and GMOs.

    Mr. Spirko has now been a student, practitioner, and teacher of Permaculture Design and sustainable agriculture for 4 years. In 2011 he founded a new organization AgriTrue, dedicated to restoring “truth in agriculture” and restoring the relationship between those who grow food and those who produce it. AgriTrue is in some ways an alternative to the organic label, a free market solution that ensures the care of the earth along with care of people without government interference.

    Today Mr. Spirko is actively engaged in spreading the message of permaculture to his audience of more than 80,000+ daily listeners. He has had the good fortune to interview well-known permaculturists and sustainable food advocates such as Geoff Lawton, Ben Falk, Paul Wheaton, Bill Wilson, Robb Wolf and Joel Salatin on his show.

    He currently lives in North Texas on a rugged 3-acre piece of land where he is practicing techniques such as swales, hugelkultur, raising small livestock and other permaculture design components.

     


    164726968_TimBarker.thumb.jpg.ae5dca6aaecb1c3e63119882e4d83701.jpgTim Barker
    Tim has come a long way since his days as a diesel fitter mechanic, and now spends his time between Australia and New Zealand (and sometimes the US) as a semi-professional pyromaniac and mad scientist teaching people how to burn stuff and make really cool machines and devices for low carbon living. He currently teaches Appropriate technology for the Koanga Institute in New Zealand and Very Edible Gardens (VEG) in Melbourne, to name a few.

    He has previously been farm manager for the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, power station operator/mechanic, adventure guide, and professional turtle wrestler. His rocket stove and char making powered hot water systems, ovens and cookers reflect his passion for elegant, simple, and durable combustion technologies. Other projects include gravity-powered water pumps, solar thermal cookers and dryers, pedal-powered washing machines, cargo bikes, hovercraft, wooden boats and aquaponics, to name a few. When he is not tinkering he can be found on Macleay Island off the coast of Queensland Australia, where he and his family live and are currently in the process of building a rammed earth house (with maybe a little sailing thrown in).

    He is particularly well known for his safe and effective rocket hot water heating system.He brings practical, hands-on experience with some truly fascinating projects to the table

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    "He has the practical knowledge and skills to construct almost any project with limited resources."
    - The Koanga institute

     


    26281085_ThomasJ.Elpel.thumb.jpg.edc43c6e19f90b5c7725bbd9a99adf21.jpgThomas J. Elpel

    Thomas J. Elpel is an author, natural builder, educator, and conservationist. He has authored multiple books: Foraging the Mountain West, Botany in a Day, Shanleya's Quest and numerous others about plant identification, wilderness survival, and sustainable living. He has multiple videos: Building a Slipform Stone House from the Bottom Up, How to Make a Grass Rope, Build Your own Masonry Fireplace - Masonry Heater - Masonry Stove, and many more. Thomas regularly teaches classes on plant identification, primitive skills, and natural building. He is founder/director of Green University, LLC in Pony, Montana.

     


    1321970982_HelenAtthowe.thumb.jpg.33bebe5c7c2ed9ca1f327b831e04699d.jpgHelen Atthowe
    Helen has an MS in Horticulture and Agricultural Ecology from Rutgers University; worked at Rutgers in tree fruit IPM; studied natural farming with Masanobu Fukuoka; interned at The Land Institute in Kansas; taught a Master Gardener course in Montana for 15 years while she was Missoula County extension agent; owned and operated Biodesign organic vegetable farm in Montana (1993-2010); consulted for a 2000 acre organic vegetable farm (2011); helped run her husband's Woodleaf Farm organic orchard in northern California 2012-2015; worked for Oregon State University Horticulture Department; and is now farming a 211 acre farm in eastern Oregon with her husband, where they have a mixed fruit and hazelnut orchard, small grain and dry bean production, vegetable gardens, high tunnels, and greenhouse.

     


    466015846_ErnieWisner.thumb.jpg.bc4fc79a4935f383b86acfc38beb7db3.jpgErnie Wisner

    Ernie is a botanist, educator, writer, researcher, rocket mass heater innovator, natural builder, and boat aficionado. He served in the merchant marine, Navy, and fisheries, and has tremendous experience with hydraulic and hot water systems. His family's sea time stretches back "since Noah was a babe," all over the 2/3 of our planet from which quitters can't walk home. Ernie is semi-retired due to a disabling injury, but still makes time for the occasional workshop or fascinating prototype project. He co-authored multiple books with his wife, Erica, and he is featured in many videos, documentaries, and podcasts. Ernie is a wealth of knowledge; there are not many topics on which he does not have an opinion.

     


    475586066_EricaWisner.thumb.jpg.7dee90163aadaf2c10d7ff9b7133960d.jpgErica Wisner
    Erica is a science and art educator, curriculum developer, writer, illustrator, researcher, and rocket mass heater innovator. She loves making things from scratch - anything from blueberry scones to the oven itself. Erica is a skilled educator and project coordinator, with over 20 years of experience in building teamwork and leading hands-on learning. Her and Ernie have taught numerous workshops on natural building and rocket mass heaters. Erica has written multiple books on rocket mass heaters, fire making, and survival shelters. She is featured in many videos, documentaries, and podcasts on rocket mass heaters.

     


    593492088_JacquelineFreeman.thumb.jpg.51c8de811230f78787a70d7ca527fb6e.jpgJacqueline Freeman

    Jacqueline is a biodynamic farmer, author, and natural beekeeper. She is known for her gentle and understanding ways with bees. She appears in the honeybee documentary, Queen of the Sun and was hired by the USDA to work with rural farmers and beekeepers in the Dominican Republic, using historic methods of respectful beekeeping. She lives on a farm in Washington state with her husband, Joseph, where they have orchards, gardens, two big greenhouses, a small forest, rich pastures and plenty of flowering bee forage. Jacqueline also has lots of experience raising livestock: cows, goats, chickens for laying and broilers, turkeys, and horses. She has two websites: SpiritBee.com and friendlyhaven.com.

     


    1348630272_ZacharyWeiss.thumb.jpg.576cea190a340c8a051e0bc5bda992e6.jpgZachary Weiss
    Protégé of legendary Austrian farmer, Sepp Holzer, Zach is the first person to earn Holzer Practitioner Certification outside of the Krameterhof training program. Blending a unique combination of systems thinking, empathy, and awareness, Zach uses an action-oriented process to improve human relationships with earth. Enhancing ecosystems and harvesting natural productivity over time is the ultimate goal - with high initial input, high yield systems that will last until the next ice age.

    Zach currently has projects in 11 nations on 4 continents, spanning a wide range of climates, contexts, land-forms, and ecosystems. Having experience with a wide range of techniques and systems (from natural building to greenhouses to carpentry, to watershed restoration), Zach also graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Ecology. He has two websites elementalecosystems.com and holzerpermaculture.us

     


    373091471_DavinHoyt.thumb.jpg.042305752c04065b1d189beecc28d68d.jpgDavin Hoyt

    Davin is an architect, artist, and entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and has 16 years of drafting experience. Davin has established two community gardens in Georgetown, Texas and he is the first to map Wheaton Labs. Davin practices architecture as a one-man firm and will soon be a small restaurant chain partner. He is the future illustrator of Paul's book on "Wofatis".

     

     


    2108700634_ByronJoel.thumb.png.6845eca75fa828345a2d20485fa3460c.pngByron Joel

    Byron Joel is based in Margaret River, Western Australia, from where he runs Oak Tree Designs, providing environmentally aware Human Settlement Systems design and education. Discovering Permaculture in the early 2000s, Byron devoured all the information he could find and set to work connecting with like minds and putting ideas to practice, taking his first Permaculture Design Course in 2004 and second in 2009.

    After taking the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia's 10-week internship in 2010, Byron returned to the positions of both Nursery and WWOOFer Coordinator at Zaytuna Farm. After relocating to New Zealand, he held the position of Nursery Manager at Kotare Farm, home of the Koanga Institute and the Permaculture Research Institute of New Zealand. Armed with the invaluable tool of hands-on field time and a Diploma in Horticulture, Byron’s embryonic affinity with plants has developed and evolved into a broader, impassioned drive to the broad scale regeneration and restoration of not only the planet’s much-degraded ecology, but also the human communities that inhabit her. Byron has studied and integrated design and implementation techniques from numerous related systems including Holistic Management, Natural Sequence Farming, Bio-dynamics, Natural Farming, the Regrarian Platform and more…

    Byron has worked internationally as both educator and consultant.

     


    1144948684_NickFerguson.thumb.jpg.329a9b4bc63d9ffd5427f569297c4a55.jpgNick Ferguson

    Christian, father of 2 boys, husband to the most wonderful woman on planet earth 3rd Generation agricultural consultant Gardener since I was 8 years old. Nick is a PRI Certified Permaculture Designer, and PermaEthos Partner, and a self-declared lifelong student.

    Some of his favorite quotes:

    “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

    “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

    “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”

    “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”



    2 instructors

    $300.00

    1 module · 21 lessons · 15 students

    Nature gave us everything we need to be successful in the soil and earth. We, however,  since the Green Revolution, have been destroying the natural processes necessary to grow healthy food in a regenerative fashion.  This, as we all know, has had a devastating effect on the land, the environment and on the health of our entire society.

    PermaEthos is now offering an opportunity for action-oriented individuals to learn how to restore your land to a complete state of health.  This system of soil restoration has been developed at the university level over the past 30+ years and scientifically proven effective.  It is also completely scalable, from planter pots all the way up to 10,000-acre ranches!

    When we return the proper biology to the soil we can

    • Eliminate Fertilizers
    • Eliminate Pesticides
    • Eliminate Herbicides
    • Eliminate Fungicides
    • Eliminate pest and disease issues
    • Eliminate irrigation (50-70% in the FIRST season)
    • Decompose toxins in the soil naturally
    • Reduce/Eliminate weeds
    • AND MORE !

    With the knowledge gained in this course, you can grow the most nutritious, best tasting,  healthiest food that otherwise isn’t even available for purchase.

    Plus this course is more than a series of classes, it is, in fact, a year-long consultancy program designed to help you create your very own Eden.  This means your graduation isn’t only an acknowledgment of passing a series of quizzes followed by a certificate you hang on your wall, but also the successful implementation of this program right in your very own backyard!

    First-year success is largely due to preparation the previous fall which is why we are beginning this class in the fall of 2015 to benefit the 2016 growing season.  We will begin with a quick start guide to get you immediately actionable information.  Then we continue to make sure you are prepared for seasonal actions all while filling in the gaps with information that will empower you to continue this process after the course has ended.

    Course Outline

    1. Introduction
    2. How to Make Compost ( Quick Start Guide)
    3. Assessing Soil
    4. Making Compost Extract
    5. Role of Microorganisms in the Soil
    6. Interactions in the Soil
    7. Effects on Soil Chemistry by Biology
    8. Coverage and Plant Defense
    9. The Green Revolution?
    10. How to Make Compost Tea
    11. Nutrient and Nitrogen, How They Cycle
    12. Succession and Soil
    13. Ecosystems
    14. Aerobic and Anaerobic Conditions
    15. Organic Matter

    Plus we will have multiple Microscope Slide Reviews and Q&A Sessions at regular intervals during the program.  In these sessions, we will review examples of student soil samples to begin learning to identify the microbiology we want in our soils. We will also cover questions sent in by participants in the program.

    You will get the experience of seeing the program in action at different scales as we follow implementation on two different properties:

    1. Good Harvest Homestead, a property focused on feeding the farm first.
    2. Elisha Springs, a commercial permaculture farm under development.

    You also get

    Lifetime access to our private Facebook group for ongoing constant contact

    Plus

    2 BONUS COURSES to get you through the dog days of summer !!

    Bonus # 1 Microscope Workshop

    Bonus # 2 Vermicompost Workshop



    1 instructor

    $197.00

    4 modules · 18 lessons · 30 students

    Learn amazingly simple techniques for taking hundreds or thousands of cuttings of your favorite plants and turning them into new plants that you can either plant or sell.

    This is the first and most basic in a series of very useful courses on plant propagation. Upon completion of all the classes, I am confident that you will have more practical and useful knowledge on the subject of propagation than if you went to a university for 4 years. I’ve done the university thing. The teaching was atrocious, the practical application non-existent, and the usefulness was nowhere to be seen. I learned more in 6 months of doing the techniques contained in this course than I ever retained from years of college.If you have ever looked into the cost of planting a food forest, or even a pretty landscaping job purely for aesthetic reasons, you quickly learned how the plants can cost a small fortune. You would probably be interested if I told you that you could with a relatively small investment in time and materials turn out thousands of productive and beautiful plants every year. You might say, but I have a brown thumb. To that I would say, anybody can have a green thumb if they just follow some common sense approaches to plant care. I’ll tell you right now that having a green thumb is nothing more than attention to detail and consistency.

    When you sign up for this course you learn amazingly simple techniques for taking hundreds or thousands of cuttings of your favorite plants and turning them into new plants that you can either plant on your own land or sell for a nice profit.

    This course is mostly lecture, but I will show you how to graft, start plants from cuttings, show how to build and set up a mist system from the ground up, how to take cuttings, prep and process the plant materials, as well as how to process some seeds.


    Course Overview

    • Introduction
    • Types of plant reproduction
    • Timing
    • Tools
    • Diseases and Pests
    • Disease Prevention
    • Growing Medium
    • Propagating by:
      • Seed
      • Cuttings
      • Division
      • Root Cuttings
      • Layering
      • Grafting
    • “Intermittent mist” system setup and usage
    • Plus some real time and money saving tips and tricks you might have never considered!

    I will help you assess if you need a greenhouse or other structures.

    We will go step-by-step through very actionable information that will have you replicating and growing plants like you never knew possible. It really is a life changing experience to be able to look at a beautiful plant growing in a friend’s yard and realize that you can take some trimmings from it and make thousands of plants just like it.

    You can buy 13 fruit trees at a nursery, or spend the same amount and learn how to take one fruit tree and turn it into hundreds or thousands. Or better yet, find some friends or neighbors who have established trees and bushes and with free cuttings, grow an orchard that will produce more organic produce than you can possibly eat in a year.

    The equipment and techniques you will learn in this course are the same ones being used to develop the flagship PermaEthos farm in West Virginia.

    Join us in learning real useful, and money saving techniques as we go through Basic Plant Propagation at PermaEthos!


    Your Instructor

    • 52288895_NickFerguson.thumb.jpg.c66617c602fae00138e251bf9dfe68aa.jpgChristian, father of 2 boys, husband to the most wonderful woman on planet earth
    • 3rd Generation agricultural consultant Gardener since I was 8 years old.
    • PRI Certified Permaculture Designer
    • PermaEthos Partner
    • Lifelong student

    Some of my favorite quotes:

    “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

    “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

    “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”

    “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

    All attributed to -Socrates



    1 instructor

    $50.00

    5 modules · 22 lessons · 146 students

    Many ask where do you start in becoming a beekeeper. I have found that it is not getting bees, or even getting your hive, but seeing if you can even have them.
    In this club, we go in-depth into beekeeping from beginner to expert. This club includes many educational course videos, guides, and instructional guides. We are a community of beekeepers from all walks of life.

    Club Members - Start Here

    The first course/module included was "Are Bee's for Me?" by Michael Jordan:

     


    1572244549_Buildingahive.thumb.png.a144a15218cbc8c363edfbf0e6aa7834.pngThe first level is can you even have bees where you live. There are many laws that have to be jumped through in many places of the world to have bees. Michael shows you some of the laws, where to find them, and why they are around.
    Now that we know if we can have them, you need to see if you can take a bee sting. Working with bees can be enlightening, or the most dangerous thing you have ever done. Beekeeping can go from 0 to 100 in a blink of an eye. One needs to be prepared for what is going to happen on the worst day. CAN YOU TAKE A STING? We go over how to find out, and what to do.
    Getting your laws and checking on the possible reactions to bees stings is the tip of the ice burg. Do you even know how to find a mentor, what clubs there are out there, or even how the bees work where you live?
    We take you on a trip on how to find the best way to keep your bees by the history in your location. Looking deep into the history of beekeeping where you live may be the difference between losing your bees. Helping you find good mentors and clubs to help you out is imperative.
    If you look at this History, you're going to need to understand the Language used in this field. We go over some terms used and help you by providing a list of them that are going to get you speaking the bee language. You will understand more if you know what you are talking about and are getting the help you need when working your bees by learning these common terms and definitions.
    Taking this first step into beekeeping will let you know if you if beekeeping is for you. Otherwise, you may jump in and find out the investment was over your head, or that there was a lot of things you did not know before getting started. Taking "Are Bee For Me?" is the first that in getting you on the right path to beekeeping. This course will even help you make your own beekeeping book that will keep you on a great path to loving your Apiary.

    The second course included is all about winterizing your bees:

    Winterizing.thumb.png.05d863cd3ad3c317fcc53ae3a4f06f03.pngYou've spent the warm spring and summer months lovingly following your bees all over your property admiring their hard work (don't deny it we all do it). Flowers are abundant in the garden, in the yard, and on the trees, and nearly every one hums with the buzz of diligent worker bees going about their day. Despite your best efforts, the seasons continue their steady march towards the colder months, and it is up to you to ensure your bees are ready for the coming winter. Without your help, the bees will suffer terribly as the temperature drops, flowers die, and water freezes. Your hives depend on your protection, and as a responsible beekeeper, you know you understand that you have to do SOMETHING.

    So what do you do?
    This module shows you everything you need to know to prepare your hives for winter in simple, step-by-step instructions. Your instructor, Michael Jordan, is not called the bee whisperer for nothing. Under his instruction, you will gain the confidence and the know how you need to maintain a healthy hive throughout the winter giving you peace of mind knowing your bees are safely enjoying the holiday season as well!


    What do you get?
    As a club member, you will receive an instructional booklet with step by step instructions on how to prepare your bees for winter and care for them throughout the cold months. Additionally, you gain access to High Def video lessons with the man himself, Michael Jordan:

    Hive InspectionIntroduction to Winterizing
    Basics of why it's important to winterize your hives, and some strategies to reduce the work your bees have to do to stay warm like the "easy-bake oven method". How to build and install your own insulation panels with low-cost materials that can last several seasons.

    Inspection and Cover Installation
    Performing a thorough inspection is vital before sealing the hive for the winter. See step-by-step instruction and what to look out for when preparing your hive for winter.

    How to Build a Quilting Box
    What is a quilting box, why should you use one, and how do you build it? All of these questions are answered!

    Making Fondants and FeedsMichael Making Fondant Cakes
    Put your chef hat on and prepare winter feasts for your bees and keep them eating all winter long!

    You will never lose access to these videos and you can download all of them in HD for offline viewing on any of your devices.

    Once you've finished this course you will never have to fear winter again. Your bees are worth the effort, and winter comes every single year so there is no better time than right now to start getting ready. Sign up today and your bees will stay warm, well fed, and healthy all winter long thanks to your diligence and care.



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