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Permaculture for Beginners

Learn how to cultivate a designer's mind, gain access to land, develop an ecological site assessment, and much, much more in this online permaculture course taught by Food Not Lawns author & founder, Heather Jo Flores


Introduction to permaculture for beginners free online permaculture design course

Permaculture for Beginners

Don’t let time, money, or overwhelm stop you from starting to study permaculture. This course will make sure you understand permaculture basics and can start applying them, right away. Start anytime, go at your pace, and join hundreds of others in our beginner’s course. Start now; the garden of your dreams awaits!

This course contains several hours of study excerpted from our Permaculture Certification program and is sure to get you seriously activated as an ecological designer.

Artwork by Jackie Holmstrom, as visioned by Heather Jo Flores for her book Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community.

Unleash the Power of Your Ecological Designer’s Mind

Imagine connecting more deeply with nature, aligning with the environment, and creating a greener, more sustainable lifestyle right where you are. 

How can permaculture design help you solve problems in your life and in your community while designing your permaculture garden?

  • Learn to read the landscape and recognize patterns and opportunities.
  • Improve your ability to make the most out of your available resources, even if you don’t own any land or have a lot of money.
  • Leverage the principles of permaculture to understand how to look at a whole system, so that when problems arise, whether in the garden, home, or beyond, you can find solutions that work in the long term.
  • Find and connect with like-minded people.

This beginner-friendly course goes beyond an introduction to permaculture and includes 6 multimedia modules with dozens of videos, articles, graphics, photographs, hands-on suggestions on how to create a permaculture garden, and a dedicated private discussion forum where you can share your work and get feedback.

perennial vegetables in a food forest

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More than 12,000 people have taken this course. Here’s what some of them are saying:

“Incredibly interesting and taught me how to think outside of the box.”

“I’m new to permaculture and thought I’d do the 6 week introductory course to ease me in…… yeah right! It was a wake up call to really start opening my senses to BE in my environment before I do anything. Thank you. I got it. Now every day I’m observing…deeply. What was I doing before? Thank you so much!”

“I’ve bought books and checked out videos and other online content that’s available, but the way this course is structured really resonates with me, and while I’m still mapping out how to continue to integrate my permaculture projects and design work into my everyday life, I will definitely keep working recursively with this content to keep on keeping on. Thank you!”

“These resources are amazing. I’m a total beginner with frequent overwhelm. As a trainee herbalist, the plants are my allies but I know next to nothing about growing, planting and the wider design issues. I am learning so much. The course has given me a deeper perspective and also has helped me feel much less isolated in a new place with a piece of land that is gorgeous but full of challenges.”

“Access to permaculture classes and community for very low cost, has aided my healing from toxic working environment and living situation. The encouraging homework and hands-on suggestions invited me to start right now. I learned that I don’t need to be in my forever situation to start building the life and community that I want. I feel more connected and confident to the lands I live on and feel I can graciously give back to the earth.”

Ready to start your eco-design journey?

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