Cornell U offers Permaculture Course Online 2014

Steve Gabriel steve at
Tue Dec 3 17:23:11 EST 2013


Registration is now open for the online course Permaculture Design: 
Fundamentals of Ecological Design 
<>, offered 
*January 6 to February 20, 2014 *through the Department of 
Horticulture's distance learning program 

The study of permaculture helps gardeners, landowners, and farmers 
combine knowledge of ecology combined with its application to supporting 
healthy soil, water conservation, and biodiversity.

Permaculture systems meet human needs while restoring ecosystem health. 
Common practices include no-till gardening, rainwater catchment, forest 
gardening, and agroforestry.

The course is 6.5 weeks long and provides an opportunity for you to 
build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design. 
Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, 
and activities and complete portions of a design for a site of their 
choosing. Notable on the Cornell course is the attention paid to 
research-based content that is both accurate and innovative.

While the course is online, the format is designed for consistent 
interaction between instructors and students through forums and live 
video conferences. Readings and presentations will be directly applied 
through hands-on activities students will engage with at home.

View the full syllabus for the course and find registration information 
at the course website 

Department of Horticulture's distance learning program 
<> offers 
two other online permaculture design courses:

Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry 
<> (Tentatively 
scheduled for March 3 to April 17, 2014)

Permaculture Design: Design Practicum 
<> (Tentatively 
scheduled for April 21 to May 19, 2014)

Completion of a single class gives students a certificate of completion 
from the Department of Horticulture and continuing education units. 
Completion of all three courses gives students the portfolio necessary 
to apply for an internationally recognized certification in Permaculture 
Design though the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute 
<>. *Fee for the first two 
classes is $600, and $300 for the design practicum. ($1500 total for 
certificate)* Registration opens about six weeks before courses begin

What past students have to say:

"This course offered an exceptionally comprehensive overview of 
permaculture design."

"Overall the class was fantastic and gave me a whole new vocabulary 
around how I think about interacting with my environment. I will take a 
lot of the basic principles with me in whatever I do, not just the garden."

"The content is clear for beginner to get the general understanding, at 
the same time it is leaving many leads for further explorations. I liked 
the presentations from Steve. They were very interesting, organized and 
easy to understand."

"I am so glad that Cornell offers this class and just can't wait to 
learn more! I came away very excited about all I have learned and eager 
to implement the project plan I developed. I really, really enjoyed this 
course and am very much look forward to taking II and III."


Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, extension educator, and forest farmer 
living and working in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York. He 
currently spends his time working for the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 
splitting his efforts between the Garden-Based Learning program 
( <>) and 
coordinating the Northeast Mushroom Growers Network. He also teaches for 
the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute 
and serves on the Board of Directors for the Permaculture Institute of 
the Northeast 
<>. He is 
currently co-authoring a book on Forest Farming 
with Cornell professor Ken Mudge, which is expected to be published 
through Chelsea Green in 2014.

Steve Gabriel
Extension Aide
Department of Horticulture

Cornell Garden Based Learning

Northeast Mushroom Growers Network

sfg53 at

I am working on a book!
steve at

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