University Permaculture classes – all you need, for free!

“Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability & resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape, people & appropriate technologies, providing food, shelter, energy & other needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture is a philosophy and an approach to land use which works with natural rhythms & patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual & perennial plants, animals, water & soil management, & human needs into intricately connected & productive communities.”

–Bill Mollison & Scott Pittman

This past weekend I spent some time messing around on the interwebs to find some resources about permaculture, particularly for newcomers.

I was very pleased to find a series of FREE lectures from NC state university!:

Introduction to Permaculture (click here to go!)

Each lecture is over an hour long, and I’ve already watched the first and took extensive notes. These are REAL college classes that have been recorded and made free to the public. This is absolutely what I was looking for as a complete beginner! One can even take part in the homework if desired, however a couple of texts will be necessary in order to participate.

I found a FREE PDF file BOTH texts that you can save to your computer,                           and read along with the class!:

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (click here to get it!)

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual (click here to get it!)




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