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 :)
The PDC taught through Agrifutures is endorsed by Permaculture in New Zealand and provides a gateway to a career in permaculture design, creating an abundant and balanced food-producing system, understanding the design of regenerative systems and provides a self-empowering life philosophy with the tools and techniques to create a positive difference in the world.
If completing a PDC via enrollment in individual course - please enrol and complete the courses in the order listed below.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.