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 :)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Physical Properties: Investigates the different characteristics of mineral elements found in soil and how to work with different soil profiles to create healthy and productive farming systems.
- Chemical Properties: Explores cation exchange capacity of soil, and essential soil minerals and nutrients for producing nutrient dense plants.
- Biological Properties: Delves into the roles of different organisms within the soil, how their function contributes to soil building processes and how we can enhance these processes through farm management.
Topography & Water
Topography & Water
- 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.
- 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.
Regenerative Design Course
- 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.
- Biotic and Abiotic Factors: Exploring how an ecosystem is composed of living biological elements and non-living abiotic elements and how the complex interactions of these elements create stability and highly evolved species adapted to their respective niches.
- Recycling Matter: Exploring how matter is recycled between these Earth's spheres and how the biosphere moderates these cycles to create stability in ways that benefit life.
- Energy flow: Exploring how energy flows through tropic cascades through ecosystem food webs and how the complexity of those food webs creates energy transfer efficiencies that stabilise those ecosystems.
Permaculture Design Project
Permaculture Design Project
- Background: 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.
- 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.