Learn About Ecological Design in Online Permaculture Course

Are you ready 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. The School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University has opened registration to the online course Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design, from Nov. 5 to Dec. 20, 2018. The course will be offered through the University’s Horticulture distance learning program.

This 6.5-week-long course 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 review of assignments. Readings and presentations will be directly applied through hands-on activities students will engage with at home.

Space is limited to 20 participants, and registration will close when the limit is reached. The registration fee is $675, to be paid via credit card at registration.

The distance learning program has two additional permaculture design courses. Completion of a single class gives students a certificate of completion, while 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. The additional courses include:

  • Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry (Jan. 7 to Feb. 21, 2019) fee: $675
  • Permaculture Design: Design Practicum (March 4 to April 4, 2019) fee: $325
    • Note: the prerequisite for this course is one or both of the other Cornell permaculture courses

Registration opens about six weeks before courses begin. For more information on the Horticulture distance learning program, visit their FAQ page.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Communications Manager for the Cornell Small Farms Program. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.


  1. Avatar of Richard Owen Richard Owen on September 26, 2023 at 11:40 am

    That’s an interesting suggestion! Too bad I found this article of yours too late. I wonder if there are courses like this now? I would love to learn. I am generally fond of design and everything related to it. Now I have an idea to create an advertisement for my farm in 3D graphics, or rather I want to create a hyper-realistic visualization. I am looking for a person who can realize my idea.

  2. Avatar of Teodor Hill Teodor Hill on September 27, 2023 at 2:14 am

    To find someone who can help you create hyper-realistic visualizations to advertise your farm, you can turn to 3D graphics or design specialists. The Internet and specialized forums can help you find the right specialist or studio to complete your task.

  3. Avatar of Stefanietaylor34 Stefanietaylor34 on September 27, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    How wonderful that you are interested in this article! There are now many courses and resources available on design and 3D graphics. To realize your idea of a hyper-realistic visualization of your farm, you may need a professional who specializes in 3D graphics. I recommend looking for such professionals on freelance websites such as Upwork or Freelancer. You can find a professional of any level there.

  4. Avatar of Jak22 Jak22 on September 29, 2023 at 1:34 am

    I recommend you look for courses or learning resources on platforms like Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare or Lynda.
    When you master your 3D graphics skills, you will be able to create a hyper-realistic visualization of your farm or any other project. If you need help realizing your idea and if you don’t know where to start it’s best to contact this address https://www.jdn.co.il/consumer/2029577/ it is specialists in the field of design and 3D graphics.

  5. Avatar of Richard Owen Richard Owen on September 30, 2023 at 7:03 am

    Thanks for the recommendations, guys. I didn’t even expect to get answers here. First of all, I want to make a rekrama video with a hyper visualization effect. I need to make my products recognizable! And learning how to create such 3D projects is my dream for now. I will definitely look at the courses you recommended. Thank you.

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