Pre Permaculture Design Certificate 2021

Pre Permaculture Design Certificate 2021

In order to give you the most hands-on and practical Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) in Canada, your PDC starts with an online component for each of the chapters of the curriculum. To prepare everyone for a more in-depth learning experience and more hands-on workshops and activities at L’Alpakiade, we’re making sure that you arrive at the farm confident and with some technical and basic knowledge of permaculture.

Online chapters will be released on this platform on a weekly basis; you will be notified by email at every release, but take your time to go through them. This online resource will be available to you before, during and after your PDC course.

This online PDC introductory and preparatory course is designed to facilitate and ease you into the basic terminology and learning objectives of each chapter; so take notes, write down your questions, explore the recommended (and mandatory!) readings and resources whenever you get a chance, prior to June 19th.

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Responsible Graham Calder
Last Update 08/20/2021
Completion Time 20 hours 45 minutes
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PDC2021
  • Chapter 1: Introduction & Ethics
    • Chapter 1: Introduction & Ethics Slides PDF
    • How it all Began
    • What is Permaculture?
    • Ethics of Permaculture: Earth Care
    • Ethics of Permaculture: People Care
    • Ethics of Permaculture: Fair Share
    • Why Permaculture?
    • Designer's Toolkit: Introduction to the Principles of Permaculture
    • Principle 1: Observe & Interact
    • Principle 2: Catch & Store Energy
    • Principle 3: Obtain a Yield
    • Principle 4: Apply Self-Regulation
    • Principle 5: Use and Value Renewables
    • Principle 6: Produce No Waste
    • Principle 7: Work from Patterns to Details
    • Principle 8: Integrate Rather than Segregate
    • Principle 9: Slow & Small Solutions
    • Principle 10: Use & Value Diversity
    • Principle 11: Use Edges and Value the Marginal
    • Principle 12: Creatively Use & Respond to Change
    • Chapter 1: Mandatory External Resources
    • The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1
    • Chapter 1: Recommended External Resources
    • Chapitre 1: Introduction et éthiques (FR)
    • Mandatory Video Chap 14: RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms
  • Chapter 2-3: Concepts, Methods, Site Analysis & Design Process
    • Chapter 2-3: Concepts, Methods, Site Analysis & Design Process Slides PDF
    • Intro to Chapter 2 and 3
    • Observation
    • Guide Chap 2-3: Active Observation Tool
    • Linear vs Systems
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • Guide Chap 2-3: Root Cause Analysis
    • Basemap
    • SWOT Analysis
    • Guide Chap 2-3: SWOT Analysis Tool
    • Sector Analysis
    • Functional Analysis
    • Guide Chap 2-3: Functional Analysis
    • Zone Planning
    • Guide Chap 2-3: Zone Analysis
    • Designer's Toolkit - W.A.S.M.M.M. and Scale of Permanence
    • Guide Chap 2-3: WASMMM Tool
    • Site Analysis - Intro
    • Site Analysis - Climate
    • Site Analysis - Landform
    • Site Analysis - Access and Circulation
    • Site Analysis - Water
    • Site Analysis - Vegetation and Wildlife
    • Site Analysis - Legal Issues
    • Site Analysis - Buildings and Infrastructure
    • Site Analysis - Zones of Use
    • Site Analysis - Soil Fertility and Management
    • Site Analysis - Aesthetics
    • Site Analysis - Conclusion
    • Design Process - Intro
    • Design Process - Observation
    • Design Process - Analysis
    • Design Process - Design
    • Design Process - Management
    • Ecological Gardening Techniques - Intro
    • Ecological Gardening Techniques - Companion Planting
    • Ecological Gardening Techniques - No Dig, No Till, Lasagna Gardening
    • Ecological Gardening Techniques - Mandala Garden
    • Ecological Gardening Techniques - Rain Barrel and Drip
    • Chapter 2-3: Mandatory External Resources
    • Chapter 2-3: Recommended External Resources
    • Chapitres 2 & 3: Processus de design, Concepts, Méthodes et Analyse de site
    • QUIZ: Chapter 2-3
      10 xp
  • Chapter 4: Observation & Patterns
    • Chapter 4: Observation & Patterns Slides
    • Natural Pattern Observation
    • Relationship Between Observation and Patterns
    • Natural Patterns - Branch
    • Natural Patterns - Lobe
    • Natural Patterns - Spiral
    • Natural Patterns - Wave
    • Natural Patterns - Scatter
    • Natural Patterns - Network
    • Chapter 4: Mandatory External Resources
    • Chapter 4: Recommended External Resources
    • Chapitre 4: Motifs et Observations (FR)
    • QUIZ: Chapter 4
      10 xp
  • Chapter 5: Climates & Microclimates
    • Chapter 5: Climates & Microclimates Slides
    • Intro - Climates and Microclimates
    • Factors to Consider in Climate
    • Hardiness Zones and Frost-free Days
    • What Are Microclimates?
    • Why Are Microclimates Important?
    • Factors that Can Influence Microclimates
    • Design Goals in Affecting Microclimates
    • Mandatory Video (chap5): Reforestation project in Borneo
    • Mandatory Video (chap 5): Nebraska retiree uses earths's heat to grow oranges in snow
    • Mandatory Video (chap5) USDA Subtropical Research Tour: Historic Microclimate Fruit Walls
    • Mandatory Video (chap 5): Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest
    • Mandatory Video (chap 5) Cradle to cradle design | William McDonough
    • Mandatory Video (chap 5): Can the Midwest Grow Citrus?
    • Mandatory Video (chap5): Earth, Two Degrees Warmer
    • Mandatory Video (chap 5): The Story of Cap & Trade
    • Mandatory Video (chap5): Project Drawdown presents Climate Solutions 101 | Trailer
    • Recommended Resources: Chap 5
    • Useful External Links
    • Chapitre 5: climats et microclimats
    • QUIZ: Chapter 5
      10 xp
  • Chapter 6: Trees, Vegetation & their Ecosystem Surfaces
    • Chapter 6: Trees, Vegetation & their Ecosystem Surfaces Slides
    • Intro to Trees and Ecosystem Services
    • Functions and Features of a Forest Ecosystem
    • Food Forests
    • 7 Layers
    • Guild (7 Functions)
    • 7 Functions - Nitrogen Fixing Species
    • 7 Functions - Weed Suppression
    • 7 Functions - Pollinator Attractants
    • 7 Functions - Natural Pest Control
    • 7 Functions - Mulch Producers
    • 7 Functions - Fungal Companions
    • 7 Functions - Deep Rooted Plants
    • Mandatory Video (chap 6): Willie Smits, How to restore a rainforest
    • How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory
    • Recommended External Videos (chap 6)
    • Chapitre 6: Les arbres et leurs transferts d'énergie
    • QUIZ: Chapter 6
      10 xp
  • Chapter 7: Water
    • Chapter 7: Water Slides
    • Water Intro
    • The Importance and Function of Water
    • Water Pollution and Overuse - Part 1
    • Water Pollution and Overuse - Part 2
    • Water Pollution and Overuse - Part 3
    • Aquifers
    • Permaculture Water Management System
    • Water Cycle
    • Water Catchment
    • Water Storage
    • Water Filtration
    • Mandatory Video (chap 7) Pollution: Crash Course Ecology
    • Recommended External Videos Chap 7
    • Chapitre 7: L'eau
    • QUIZ: Chapter 7
      10 xp
  • Chapter 8: Soils
    • Chapter 8: Soils Slides
    • Compost Extracts
    • Introduction to Soil
    • Benefits of Living Soil Ecosystem
    • Soil Drainage
    • Soil Conditions - Intro to Soil Texture
    • Soil Conditions - Soil Biology Tests
    • Soil Conditions - Soil Testing
    • Soil Conditions - Soil Compaction
    • Soil Conditions - Soil Salinization
    • Soil Conditions - Soil Contamination
    • Soil Conditions - Soil Indicator Plants
    • Intro to Common Soil Problems
    • Common Soil Problems - Continuous Weeding
    • Common Soil Problems - Continuous Watering
    • Common Soil Problems - Continuous Fertilizer Application
    • Common Soil Problems - Heavy Clay
    • Common Soil Problems Sandy Soil
    • Benefits of Cover Crops
    • Benefits of Cover Crops Continued
    • Lasagna Garden Beds
    • Understanding Mulch
    • Benefits of Mulch
    • Impediments to Using Mulch
    • Mulch and Mushrooms
    • Hot Compost
    • No Turn Compost
    • Compost Teas
    • Compost Extracts
    • Mandatory Video (chap 8): Undercover Farmer
    • Mandatory Video (chap8): Everything You Know About Composting is Wrong: Mike McGrath at TEDxPhoenixville
    • Mandatory Video (chap8): Dirt! The Movie
    • Mandatory Video (chap 8): Compost Making, balancing green & brown or nitrogen & carbon
    • Recommended Resources: Chapter 8
    • Chapitre 8: Les Sols (Diapos FR)
    • QUIZ: Chap 8
      10 xp
  • Chapter 9: Earthworks & Earth Resources
    • Chapter 9: Earthworks & Earth Resources Slides
    • Introduction to Earthworks
    • Earthworks - Defining Terms
    • Types of Dam Construction
    • Mandatory Video chap 9: Regreening the desert with John D. Liu | VPRO Documentary | 2012
    • Mandatory Video chap 9: Rapidly-Cut Swales with Tractor Blade
    • Recommended Resources: Chap 9
    • Chapitre 9: Terrassement (Earthworks) (Diapo FR)
    • Quiz: Chap 9
      10 xp
  • Chapter 10: Humid Tropics
    • Chapter 10: Humid Tropics Slides
    • Introduction to What and Where are Humid Tropics
    • Wet/Dry Tropics
    • Wet Tropics
    • Humid Tropics - Limiting Factors
    • Mandatory Video Chap 10: Eric Enos' Story of Kaʻala: Hawai'i Taro Farming | The World We Need
    • Recommended Resources: Chap 10
    • Chapitre 10: Les tropiques humides (Diapo FR)
    • Quiz: Chap 10
      10 xp
  • Chapter 11: Dryland
    • Chapter 11: Dryland Strategies Slides
    • Dry Lands
    • Dry Lands - Limiting Factors
    • Mandatory Video (Chap 11): Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting
    • Mandatory Video (Chap 11): TEDxWoodsHole - Jonathan Todd - Sustaining Life: Ecological Design and Water Reuse
    • Mandatory Video (Chap 11): How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory
    • Mandatory Video (Chap 11): Dan Barber: A surprising parable of foie gras
    • Recommended Resources: Chap 11
    • Chapitre 11: Stratégies pour les zones arides diapos (FR)
    • QUIZ: Chap 11
      10 xp
  • Chapter 12: Humid Cool to Cold Climates
    • Chapter 12: Humid Cool to Cold Climates
    • Humid Cold Climates
    • Humid Cold Climates - Limiting Factors
    • Homestead Paradise: got barren land, boosted it at a profit
    • Mandatory Resources (chap 12): Webinars on Cover Crops -Check it out!
    • Recommended Resources Chap 12
    • Chapitre 12: Climats froids et humides diapos (FR)
    • QUIZ: Chapter 12
      10 xp
  • Chapter 13: Aquaculture
    • Chapter 13: Aquaculture Slides
    • Intro to Aquaculture
    • Freshwater Aquaculture
    • Mariculture
    • Marine Permaculture
    • Mandatory Video (chap 13): Aquapod
    • Mandatory Video (chap 13): Salmon Confidential, Documentary About Salmon Farms in Canada & Diseased Salmon
    • Mandatory Video (chap 13): Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish
    • Mandatory Video (chap 13): The One That Got Away (Size Matters)
    • Mandatory Video (chap 13): What is the Blue Revolution?
    • Mandatory Resource (chap 13) : http://www.toddecological.com/
    • Mandatory Video (chap 13): Seaweed: The next (re)generation
    • Recommended Resources: Chap 13
    • Chapitre 13: Aquaculture Diapos (FR)
    • QUIZ: Chapter 13
      10 xp
  • Chapter 14: Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation
    • Chapter 14: Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation Slides
    • Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation
    • Chapitre 14: Une nation globale alternative diapos (FR)
    • Mandatory Video (chap 14): RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms
    • Mandatory Video Chap 14: Freedom Ahead
    • Mandatory Video Chap 14: In Transition 2
    • (Some of the many) Recommended Resources: Chap 14
  • Downloadable Cheat Sheets for the PDC
    • Printable/Downloadable Cheat Sheet
    • Aide-mémoire imprimable/téléchargeable