Permaculture Design Certificate


This course can be life changing for participants because for many of us it gives us a new lens with which to examine our lives. At Three Acre Permaculture, we also put a heavy emphasis on social permaculture. Permaculture teaches us to deeply accept what is and to be in relationship with life. It teaches us that tiny seeds can grow into the mightiest of trees and that we can plant those seeds both physically and metaphorically. This gives us the tools to be be proactive in co-creating high yielding, ethical, regenerative systems – within your garden, relationship, business, and/or life ecosystem.

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We offer two styles of learning to provide accessibility for varying schedules and life responsibilities.

  1. For those interested in an intensive burst of learning, we offer the internationally-recognized PDC course curriculum over a two week period. This certificate course is perfect for students and individuals who are interested/able to commit 2 weeks to transformational learning this summer.
  2. We also offer our signature 9-month program, one day per month. This approach allows you to observe the seasons on your own property while deepening and integrating the knowledge you acquire from each of the PDC modules. It also provides accessibility to those with busy schedules and families, thereby broadening the diversity of the participants themselves.

Due to the intensive nature of this curriculum, attendance is a mandatory factor for certification. Classes start at 9am sharp. Please arrive early enough for you to settle in before we start.

Design Course Curriculum (subject to change)

Day 1: Introduction to permaculture, history of permaculture, garden tour

Day 2: Introducing food webs, mapping part 1, flow diagrams, foraging

Day 3: Earthworks, windbreaks, design strategies, measuring distances

Day 4: Permaculture in urban settings, social permaculture, forests, food forests

Day 5: Broad scale permaculture application, animals, fruit trees and pruning

Day 6: Economic and invisible structures, designing productive landscapes

Day 7: Designing for drylands, tropics, and other extreme environments, eating weeds and/or trees

Day 8: Gardening concepts, water capture, appropriate technology, aquaponics

Day 9: Self- and group empowerment, group project presentations

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