- Next course: Tentatively scheduled for April 21 to June 5, 2014. (Registration opens about 6 weeks in advance.)
- Enrollment: limited to 15 students
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Receive a Certificate of Completion...
...from the Department of Horticulture, Cornell University and continuing education credits for completion of the class.
Students who complete all three classes have the prerequisites and portfolio needed to apply for an internationally recognized Certification in Permaculture Design from the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.
Classes are best taken in order but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
About the course
This 6.5-week online course provides an opportunity for you to build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design. Permaculture gardens, farms, and backyards balance the provision of human needs with improvement of local ecosystem health. Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, and activities and complete portions of design for a site of their choosing.
Writing and reflection are key elements of processing information and the instructor will take an active role by providing feedback on your assignments and journal entries. Students also have the opportunity to learn from one another through an open forum in which you can share your ideas with others.
The purpose of this third permaculture course in the series is to apply principles and ecosystem understanding to the permaculture design process. Students will engage in a personal design project of their choosing and walk through the steps to complete a meaningful landscape plan including design concepts, budget details, and strategies for implementation.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Define permaculture and describe key elements of permaculture systems.
- Describe the parts of a map and create a base map for your design site.
- Conduct a thorough assessment of current environmental characteristics.
- Set specific and detailed goals for designs.
- Develop design concepts and conduct necessary research.
- Create accurate project budgets and plans for implementation.
- Compile design work and present as a whole system.
This course is one of three we offer on permaculture design. (Read more about Permaculture Design: Fundamentals of Ecological Design and Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry.) Students may elect to take courses individually if desired or as a set. You may choose an order that best suits your availability and interest. There are no prerequisite requirements for admission into courses.
Most of our participants take our distance courses for life enrichment or professional development. Participants do not receive Cornell University credit for taking any of the courses. Rather, for each course you will receive a certificate of participation from our Office of Continuing Education and Continuing Education Units. If you are enrolled in a university undergraduate or graduate program and want to receive academic credit for a course, please ask your faculty advisor to consider approving your taking this as individual study. The Office of Continuing Education certificate will be evidence of your completion.
- Introduction Week: Welcome & Introductions
- Week 1: Key Permaculture Concepts
- Week 2: Maps & Base Mapping
- Week 3: Goal Setting
- Week 4: Site Assessment
- Week 5: Conceptual Design
- Week 6: Final Design