Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Online Course offered by Cornell University in Permaculture Design

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to increase their knowledge of eco-friendly landscape practices. 

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.
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 each class is $600, and registration opens about six weeks before courses begin

*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. People have tried to use the educational award through Americorps Vista Program and it does not work. No financial aid awards are given.

Lori J Brewer, CVA
Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program
Family & Adult Education
Department of Horticulture<><>

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