Each course is professionally designed on a combined Moodle/Weebly platform, with each course containing:
- Three key lessons (detailed below) comprising a mixture of videos, eBooks and support resources
- An online quiz for each lesson
- An online forum to discuss topics
- A design task
- Email / forum support.
The courses can be enrolled in individually to explore particular topics of interest - or in combination to receive a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). To receive a PDC requires all other courses to be completed before working through the final Permaculture Design Project course.
The enrollment method for the PDC can be either course by course ($70/course) or all combined ($700 total (saves $140)). The enrollment link is below and further detail about the a PDC is below. By enrolling in the PDC course below you will be part of an exclusive PDC only group - where you will benefit from ongoing support and guidance in your journey through the different PDC topics and coaching in development of your property design.
2020 Permaculture Design Certificate
Agrifutures flagship Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Embark on a life-changing educational experience - where upon completion - the design possibilities of landscapes will come to life and you will become a force for regenerative change.
And create a tasty food producing system while you are at it :)
- Pattern Recognition: Exploring the form and function of patterns expressed within natural systems and some of the underlying concepts in how they develop.
- Permaculture Principles: Exploring the principles formulated by David Holmgren that underpin functional permaculture design.
- Sectors & Zones: Investigates the patterns and layout of a permaculture site.
- Understanding Ecosystems: Explores the underlying form and function of ecosystems that creates the foundation for understanding how ecosystem health can be achieved.
- Ecosystem Patterns: Explores the patterns that emerge in ecosystems as a result of species evolving specialist adaptations to exploit niches more effectively and allowing matter to be recycled and energy utilised more effectively within an ecosystem that progresses towards a complex stable state.
- Ecosystem Health: Explores indicators of the healthy function of an ecosystem and how those indicators translate to management of healthy agricultural ecosystem.
- Building Soil: This topic explores a range of tools and techniques for creating healthy soil to support the growth of nutrient dense and resilient plants.
- Soil Properties: Explores the different physical, chemical and biological properties of soil and how they influence the soils characteristics.
- Protecting Soil: This topic looks at some of the common impacts of agriculture on soil health and how to avoid their negative consequences.
- Global Weather Systems: Explores what global forces drive our climate and create seasonal effects in different areas of the world.
- Local Factors: Explores how the interplay of proximity to oceans, altitude, longitude, prevailing weather systems and other factors influence the specific conditions experienced in a region.
- Micro-climates: How orientation to the sun, shelter, topography and living and build structures influence the climate experienced at a site.
Water & Landscape Dynamics
- Topography: Mapping the topography of a landscape and interpreting the information.
- Water: Investigating catchment sizes, movement of water through a landscape, and factors that influence water purity.
- Catch & Store: How to use slope and earthworks to modify an environment and maximise the opportunity to capture and store water in the landscape.
- Set-up: Explores a range of design options for setting up a small-scale backyard aquaponics system.
- Plant Nutrients: Explores the range of nutrients required for healthy plant growth and how they can be obtained within an aquaponics system.
- Health of fish: Explores the requirements of a range of common aquaculture species available in New Zealand.
- Garden Design: How to incorporate permaculture design ideas into the home garden.
- Improving Soil Fertility: Techniques to manage fertility, using compost, foliar sprays and probiotic fertilisers.
- Managing Pests and Weeds: Understanding the characteristics of weeds and methods of control. Utilising biological controls, organic sprays, companion planting and rotation of plants.
- Seed Harvest: Techniques to select for beneficial traits, collect seeds and propagate plants.
- Orchard Design: How to incorporate permaculture design ideas into the perennial orchard.
- Propagation: Techniques used for propagation of your own perennial plants and selecting for desired genetic traits.
- Plant Guilds: Creating symbiotic associations of plants focused on supporting health of target productive species or creating a range of species that produce at similar times.
- Incorporating Animals: Ways to incorporate some common types of animals and benefit from some of the beneficial functions to create supplementary yields and improve the health of orchard plants.
- Grazer Physiology: Explores the origin and physiology of common pastoral herbivores and requirements from a habitat to express their natural behaviours.
- Pasture Management: The development of mixed forage pastures, the incorporation of tree crops and management of grazers in time and space.
- Habitat design: Explore potential design solution to provide optimal health for both grazers, soil and surrounding natural environments.
- Natural Materials: Investigates options using locally sourced appropriate materials to create structures that blend in with their landscape.
- Passive Solar Design: Investigates the science and application of creating warm and light filled homes, with good air circulation.
- Earth ships: Exploring the design and function of self-contained earth ships.
- Finding your Tribe: Describes the evolutionary disposition we have to form secure attachment with small group of trusted people from which we derive a sense of connection, fulfill our esteem needs
- Building Community: Explores some of the strategies around forming intentional communities around a shared purpose and navigate some of the challenges to doing this.
- Community Trade: Explores examples of local trade and finance as examples of sharing resources within a community.
Permaculture Design Project
- Know Your Site: Ties together the philosophy and permaculture design and applies it the particular dynamics of your site.
- Design Task: Walks you through the process of developing a permaculture design for your site.
- Implementation Strategy: Details the steps and strategies you can employ to create the site you designed - in alignment with your available resources.