This online Permaculture Design Certificate Course focusses on the Permaculture design system: it's fundamental tools and strategies that can be applied at scales from the home garden to city block to village to farm. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, Permaculture design is interdisciplinary, touching on a wide range of subjects including regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, architecture, and international development.
This certificate course takes students on a journey to design the site of their choice, where the curriculum and assignments all build towards the creation of an integrated site design.
The course consists of narrated slide shows by experienced Permaculture instructors, educational video tours with knowledgable guides, and interactive assignments, working towards the completion of a Permaculture site design.
Students present their work on individual blogs, which are visible for other students to comment on, and through discussion boards the community of learning is encouraged. Here is a list of assignments that students complete with help and feedback from instructors and other students:
1) Choose Design Project Site
2) Create Watershed Maps: Childhood and Design Site
3) Base Map
4) Elevation Map
5) Sector Compass Map
6) Microclimate Identification Map
7) Current Zones of Use Map
8 ) Client Questionnaire
9) Soil Jar Testing: Clay, Sand, Silt, Organic Matter
10) Compost Resource Assessment
11) Soil Mapping from SCS website
12) Rainwater Site Flow Map & Volume Calculations exercise
13) Plant ID and Research
14) Plant Guild Design
15) Bioregional quiz
16) Climate and Climatic Profiles Questionnaire
17) Regional disaster assessment and preparedness strategies
18 ) Zone 1 Microclimate Design Project
19) Permaculture Design Course Final Project
THIS COURSE IS NOT FOR SLACKERS!!! You will put around 100 hours of work into earning your certificate over 10 weeks. This is a non-credit course offered through Oregon State University's Professional and Non-Credit Education. The student receives a Permaculture Design Course Certificate, but without registering for credit with OSU.