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Distance learning

Hands-on, online courses for gardeners and professionals

All our courses feature practical, hands-on activities because we believe learning by doing is key to any successful online horticulture course. These are non-accredited courses for non-matriculated adult learners, which culminate in a certificate of participation (not a degree or certification).  Participants register for enjoyment, to strengthen a skill set, or to inform new directions in their lives. Read FAQ.


  • Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design
    Cost: $675
    Next course: October 28 to December 12, 2019
    Enrollment limited to 20 students.
    Register online beginning in July.
  • Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry
    Cost: $675 
    Next course: January 6 to February 20, 2020
    Enrollment limited to 20 students.
  • Permaculture Design: Practicum
    Cost: $325 
    Next course: March 2 to April 2, 2020
    Prerequisite: You must have taken either the Permaculture Fundamentals or Permaculture: Ecosystem Mimicry Course (or both) to register for the Practicum.
    Enrollment limited to 20 students.

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See also online courses for aspiring, new and experienced farmers at the Cornell Small Farms Program website.