Permaculture Design Certificate Course
The Fundamentals of Ecological Design
Permaculture is a conscious, integrated design system that’s based on ecological and sustainable principles. The goal is to create resource-efficient, cost-effective, productive human environments, while reducing our ‘footprints’ on the earth. Permaculture provides a framework for creating landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, which delivers diversity, stability, and resilience. Permaculture systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy and food, all to address local needs. Basic permaculture practices (see the full list of topics below) are examined, and looked at in relation to Finca Tierra’s agroecology and agroforestry ongoing practices.
Our course offers the standard 72-hour permaculture curriculum for certification, recognized internationally by the permaculture movement, with a special emphasis on forest gardening in the tropics. Although we’re in a tropical setting, many of the methods and techniques will transfer directly to any climate. The course thoroughly covers all of the fundamentals of ecological design. With completion of the course, a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) will be issued by Finca Tierra.
Finca Tierra is a 9-acre permaculture facility that’s become an important center for education and community development. Our infrastructure includes: natural buildings constructed from local materials (bamboo, leaf thatch and onsite timber), terraced gardens, a plant nursery, a seed bank, medicinal plants, fruit and nut orchards, food forests, native tree and bamboo woodlots, water catchment methods, renewable energy systems, and biological flush toilets.