Learn Permaculture Design Online for Free
Permaculture course description
Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. This free permaculture course uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land; how water, fire and wind flow through the land; and how soil, water, vegetation, buildings and habitats can be managed in a stable and enduring way.
A multidisciplinary approach
Permaculture design is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, permaculture design also touches on regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture and international development.
In this free, online permaculture course, you will learn about the process, ethics and principles of permaculture design while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of your learning style, time commitments or available technology.
Students who complete all course activities should expect to spend between two to four hours each week on course work.
About the instructor
M.A. in Horticultural Preservation
B.A. in Ecological Design and Sustainability
Andrew Millison brings nearly 20 years experience in designing and building permaculture projects to his teaching and wants to share that rich, real-world experience with his students.
He has been studying, teaching and practicing permaculture since he took his first design course in 1996. He began teaching permaculture design at the college level in 2001 and has been an instructor at Oregon State University in the Horticulture Department since 2009. Andrew currently teaches the Permaculture Design Course and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum at OSU on campus and online.
Andrew first learned permaculture design in the drylands of Arizona, where he studied for his undergraduate and master's degrees at Prescott College. His focus was on rainwater harvesting, greywater systems and desert agriculture. He started a permaculture landscape design and build company and also worked in an ecologically-based landscape architecture firm.
In recent years, Andrew's focus has been more on broad scale farm planning, permaculture housing developments and obtaining water rights. In 2015 he founded Permaculture Design International, a collaborative design firm that works on large-scale global projects.
Filmed and edited by Andrew Millison
- Permaculture Keyline Water Systems: Don Tipping @ Seven Seeds Farm
- Permaculture Keyline Water Systems: Tom Ward @ Wolf Gulch Farm
- High Desert Permaculture: 15 Years Later
- Cuba Permaculture Pilgrimage - Peregrinaje de Permacultura en Cuba
Featuring Andrew Millison
- Ecomachine with Dr. John Todd
- Permaculture in the Eco-Hood
- Permaculture Tip of the Day - Suburban Chicken System
- Conversations with Willi Paul - Permaculture. Teacher Andrew Millison, OSU
- The Ecohood Model - Andrew Millison
- Cody Lundin's sustainable home self-designed, passive solar earth home
- Cody Lundin - ABO DUDE - PART 3
- Organic Valley Rap
- What Is Permaculture
- Radio Ecoshock IPCUK
- Teaching the Permaculture Design Course with Andrew Millison
- Andrew Millison on Whole Systems Water Design
Websites and Social Media
- "Re-villagize": Patterns to Revitalize Your Neighborhood
- Natural Home Earth Movers: Andrew Millison
- Why Permaculture?
- From Ecohood to Ecoyard to Ecovillage: Permaculture Aims for Self Reliance
- Prescott, Arizona: Ecohood Ideas Take root in Older Neighborhood
- Creating the Modern "Ecohood"
Books featuring Andrew Millison's work