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Free online permaculture classes

Free online permaculture courseWithout an intern, Mark and I are back on the job of not only fulfilling chicken waterer orders, but also building the kits and premade units ourselves.  We've really streamlined the operation over the last year, so the actual construction only takes us each two or three hours per week.  Still, those hours always call to me to work on my weaknesses since my mind is free and my hands are busy. 

This summer, I've opted to use my construction time to take a refresher course on basic permaculture while also improving my shoddy listening comprehension skills.  North Carolina State University's free online permaculture class seemed like the perfect way to kill both birds with one stone since the course format is videos and the information is pretty local (from about 280 miles southeast of us).  As an added bonus, the required texts for the course are two books I skimmed years ago and have been meaning to reread with a fine-tooth Will Hooker Permaculturecomb --- Gaia's Garden and Introduction to Permaculture

I'm not committing to listening to all 38 lectures since I think the summer may be long over before that happens, but I'll post about the tidbits from the lectures I do make it through.  Feel free to listen along and comment with your own thoughts!

(As a side note, Regenerative Leadership Institute also has a free online permaculture course.  I chose NCSU's instead because they're physically closer to me, plus RLI's videos weren't online when I began listening (although a beta version is up now).  I'd be curious to hear from anyone who chooses RLI's course instead, or listens to both and would like to compare and contrast.  Or perhaps you've found yet another free online course you prefer?  Or maybe you paid for an online course and thought it was worth the money?  Please do comment if any of those possibilities sound like you!)

And don't forget to tune back in tomorrow at lunchtime to read my thoughts after listening to lectures 1 and 2....

If you'd rather catch up on your reading this summer, my paperback The Weekend Homesteader walks you through getting started on a permaculture homestead.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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we are almost through all 38 classes! they are very nice if you are beginning to learn about permaculture and there are some nice projects he is talking about. but the lectures are from 2010 and he did not even once mention masanobu fukuoka or sepp holzer (i consider them to be important figures in practical permaculture), also if you have seen some of toby hemenways ( videos you will know a lot of projects already. but when we started the lectures (a long time ago =)) it was a very informative, now we feel like there is a lot of repetition... a nice thing about wills lectures is that they record most of the field trips. those where my favorites (they are not in the exact right order though).
Comment by Cat Tue May 28 08:46:48 2013

Hi Anna and all,

I found Bill Molison's 4 global gardener videos (approx. 30 min each) very informative but the accent was a little hard.

I started the ncsu series but found myself getting impatient, so I am looking forward to your [ anna ] reviews to see if I should just stick it out.


Comment by john Tue May 28 11:30:22 2013

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