Sustainable living made simple
4.2 (139 ratings)
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Sustainable living made simple

Overview of permaculture design
4.2 (139 ratings)
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3,311 students enrolled
Created by Brian Newhouse
Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 41 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Overview of sustainable land design
  • By the end of the course, participants will learn strategies to create a sustainable farm
  • This course includes information in a Permaculture Design Course (PDC), a practice of sustainable living
Requirements
  • It's helpful if you have a piece of land, mainly a desire to learn
Description

Sustainable living made simple: Basics of permaculture design provides a general outline to living off the land. This course presents dozens of strategies for how we can be responsible custodians of earth.

In two and a half hours of content, participants may gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of sustainable living.

This course follows a book, The Permaville Handbook: Strategies of Permaculture Design and is based on the certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Learn design strategies from real life examples from sustainable projects around the world.


COURSE UPDATE MARCH 2019: New Material Added! Quick startup farm strategies added in the last three sections.

COURSE UPDATE FEBRUARY 2018: Raps about sustainable living added in the downloadable materials. 

COURSE POSTED FEBRUARY 2016: Course originally posted on Udemy, including links to The Permaville Handbook.


Some reviews of this best-selling course:

  • The best permaculture course I have so far visited online out of four...Ahmed Alalawi

  • He gets it what's going on in our world today and is presenting a master plan solution...Bill Halford

  • Very simple and non-threatening… superb, relevant, usable and jam-packed... Clarence Garay

  • Brian may have the most comprehensive view on permaculture. ....Paul Kim

  • I really enjoy your outlook - I don't find it as utopian as I was expecting. Rather I feel it to actually be a realistic outlook. ...Peter Stuart Turner

  • I have Permaculture One. This is a better discussion point stimulator. ....Joseph Van Wyck

  • Perfect for preparing to attend an in-person Permaculture Design Course ...Patrick Kniesler

  • Einfach gut geklärt (Simply well clarified) ...Petra Panglisch-Breuer


In this course you may learn how to:

  • Build with natural materials

  • Filter water

  • Make compost

  • Grow plants

  • Raise fish, insects and animals

  • Quick steps to start a farm


Learn how to live off the land with strategies of permaculture design.

Who is the target audience for this course?

  • This course is for people interested in learning the basics of sustainable living. No experience required.

Does the Permaville Course count as a Permaculture Design Course certificate?

  • This course meets requirements for a certified Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and may help prepare for an in-person workshop.


Syllabus

Overview

  • What is permaculture

  • Story of permaculture

  • Story of humans

  • The cloud 

  • General goals

  • Principles and Ethics     

Strategies

  • Site analysis

  • Site maps

  • Zones and sectors

  • Climates and microclimates

  • Patterns in nature

  • Urban design

Earth and structures

  • Earthworks

  • Natural building

  • Paths and access

Water and soil

  • Water 

  • Soil

  • Compost

  • Microorganisms fungi and worms

Plants and creatures

  • Nursery

  • Garden

  • Trees

  • Fish

  • Insects and animals

Home 

  • Kitchen

  • Sanitation

  • Appropriate technology

  • Economics

Field (NEW MATERIAL ADDED MARCH 2019)

  • Greenhouse

  • Compost tea

  • Hydroponics

  • Field prep

  • Field map and field log

Crops (NEW MATERIAL ADDED MARCH 2019)

  • Spring and summer crops

  • Fall and winter crops

  • Seed log

Farm (NEW MATERIAL ADDED MARCH 2019)

  • Post-harvest

  • Sales and harvest log

Who this course is for:
  • Folks interested in starting an organic farm
  • Beginner farmers interested in living off the land
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 02:37:04
+ Overview
6 lectures 16:27

Learning objectives. In this chapter you will learn about: 

  • What permaculture is

  • Definitions of permaculture

Preview 03:09

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about: 

  • About Bill Mollison

  • History of permaculture

  • Link to additional resources

Story of permaculture
02:22

Topics:

  • Story of humans

Story of humans
02:39

Topics:

  • The cloud

The cloud
03:30

Topics:

  • General goals

General goals
01:20

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about:

  • Permaculture principles

  • Permaculture ethics

Principles and ethics
03:27
+ Strategies
6 lectures 22:50

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about: 

  • Permaculture design methodology

  • Site information packet (attached)

Site analysis
02:17

Learning objectives. In this chapter, you will learn about: 

  • Elements and examples of Site maps

  • Elements and examples of Detailed drawings

Site map
05:57

Zones and sectors topics:

  • Permaculture zones

  • Natural sectors

Zones and sectors
02:05

Climates and microclimates topics:

  • Climates

  • Climate zones

  • Microclimate

  • Climate design strategies

Climates and microclimates
04:27

Patterns in nature topics:

  • Patterns in nature

  • Phi

Patterns in nature
03:44

Urban design topics:

  • Kinds of community environments

  • Urban design strategies

Urban design
04:20
+ Earth and structures
7 lectures 28:56

Earthworks topics:

  • What are earthworks?

  • Swales

  • Terraces

  • Ponds

Preview 05:22

Paths and access topics:

  • Footpaths

  • Roads

  • Drainage

  • Fences

Paths and access
03:33

Water topics:

  • Water cycle

  • Sources of water

  • Filtration

  • Storage

  • Greywater

Water
07:43

Soil topics:

  • Soil horizons

  • Soil food web

  • Elements

  • Texture 

  • pH

Soil
03:24

Compost topics:

  • Organic materials

  • Compost piles

  • Compost tea

  • Mulch

Preview 02:48

Compost tea topics:

  • Compost tea, homemade fertilizer

Compost tea
01:49

Microbes, fungi and worms topics:

  • Indigenous microorganisms

  • Mushrooms

  • Bio-remediation

  • Worm composting

Microbes, fungi and worms
04:17
+ Plants and animals
8 lectures 35:10

Nursery topics:

  • Nursery basics

  • Plant propagation

  • Sowing seeds

  • Seed saving basics

Nursery
04:43

Greenhouse topics: 

  • Greenhouses

  • Indoor growing racks

  • Potting soil

  • Soil blocks

Greenhouse
04:16

Garden topics:

  • Garden design

  • Types of garden beds

  • Planting strategies

Garden
04:15

Hydroponics topics: 

  • Hydroponics

  • Tube gardens

  • Pond gardens

Hydroponics
02:34

Bed preparation topics: 

  • Selecting and preparing beds

  • Transplanting

  • Tending crops

Field crops
02:40

Trees and forest topics:

  • Tree planting methods

  • Tree selection

  • Tree guilds

  • Layers in a forest

  • Succession

  • Food forest design

Trees and forests
06:26

Fish topics:

  • Aquaculture pond design

  • Aquaponics basics

  • Chinampas basics

Fish
04:25

Insects and animals topics:

  • Food, water and home - the basics of raising creatures

Insects and animals
05:51
+ Home
6 lectures 28:35

Natural building topics:

  • Building with earth, earth bricks

  • Soil tests, making mortar

  • Building with cob

  • Natural plastering and painting

  • Earthbags, rammed earth, bamboo building

Natural building
06:39

Kitchen topics:

  • Sustainable kitchen elements

  • Fermentation basics

Preview 04:45

Sanitation topics:

  • Recycling basics

  • Nutrients in urine and feces

  • Composting toilets

  • Flush toilets

  • Biogas toilets

Sanitation
05:46

Short video about the Point

The point
01:48

Appropriate technology topics:

  • Charcoal

  • Hand, machine tools and heavy equipment

  • SImple machines

  • Renewable energy

Appropriate technology
05:29

Economics topics:

  • Village economics

  • Alternative economics

Economics
04:08
+ Crop (startup farm)
6 lectures 22:16

Examples and strategies for spring and summer crops

Spring and summer crops
03:05

Examples and strategies for fall and winter crops

Fall and winter crops
03:54

About seed log, list of crops grown on a farm

Seed log
01:38

About field maps and field logs

Field map and field log
02:59

Post-harvest topics include: 

  • Harvesting area

  • Washing and packing area

  • Cold and dry storage areas

  • Examples of post-harvest area maps

Post-harvest
06:18

Sales and harvest log topics: 

  • Sales venues

  • Earnings

  • Organic certification

  • Harvest logs

Sales and harvest log
04:22