Reinvent yourself as a Permaculture Consultant
- Understand how to optimise land productivity without causing land degradation.
- Understand how to establish and operate a consultancy business
- Help others improve the productivity and sustainability of their properties - small or large, for both commercial or personal benefit.
Course Duration: 600 hoursCourse Structure
Six modules, three compulsory, three elective.
Select any three of the following:
Note: For anyone who has already completed a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) elsewhere, you will take four (insterad of 3 electives), and not undertake the Permaculture Systems Module (because that module overlaps considerably with a PDC).
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What is a Permaculture Landscape?
The design of the landscape, whether on a suburban block or a large farm, can be more or less sustainable. A pure and perfect permaculture landscape will in theory be productive and very stable, but in reality, most attempts at permaculture will be less than perfect, but still better than what may have been achieved otherwise.
Permaculture stresses both a positive approach and an attitude of cooperation, with respect to the environment and all living things. It embraces the ethic that all life has an intrinsic worth regardless of how useful an organism is to us as humans.
This is a basis for the three main ethical principles:
- "Act to nurture the Environment" - all the living things (animals & plants) and the systems they live in (land, water and air) which make-up the environment should be allowed to prosper.
- "Act to nurture people" - permaculture systems are designed to encourage the promotion of self-reliance along with community responsibility.
- “Share Resources Fairly” – follows the above two aims by limiting consumption, reproduction and sharing surplus by redistributing excess (e.g. food, labour, information or money).
Permaculture started out as an innovative idea which identified and incorporated farming, gardening practices and philosophical ideas from many different places around the world. It adopted, adapted and combined these various practices to form what we know as ‘permaculture’ today.
A permaculture system is made up of land, water, trees, soil, buildings, etc. It doesn’t concentrate on the conventional notion of aesthetics like other areas of landscape design. Instead, function is the key factor in permaculture and appreciation of beauty is given low priority. A permaculture system needs to serve its purpose, not to serve a notion of aesthetics.
Permaculture designed landscapes should ideally require low energy inputs and be characterised by high diversity in plant and animal species, and in the variety of microclimatic conditions.
The design principles of permaculture are equally relevant to a small home garden or a large commercial farm.