Permaculture design series
The Horticulture Section of Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science offers three online courses in Permaculture Design:
- Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design (6.5 weeks, cost: $675)
- Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry (6.5 weeks, cost: $675)
- Permaculture Design: Practicum (4.5 weeks, cost: $325)
The courses provide an opportunity for you to build your knowledge about permaculture and ecological design. Permaculture gardens, farms, and backyards balance the provision of human needs with improvement of local ecosystem health. Participants will explore the content through videos, readings, and activities and complete portions of design for a site of their choosing.
Writing and reflection are key elements of processing information and the instructor will take an active role by providing feedback on your assignments and journal entries. Students also have the opportunity to learn from one another through an open forum in which you can share your ideas with others.
Most of our participants take our distance courses for life enrichment or professional development. Participants do not receive Cornell University credit for taking any of the courses. Rather, for each course you will receive a certificate of participation from our Office of Continuing Education and Continuing Education Units. If you are enrolled in a university undergraduate or graduate program and want to receive academic credit for a course, please ask your faculty advisor to consider approving your taking this as individual study. The Office of Continuing Education certificate will be evidence of your completion.