Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Extension and Outreach Program

along with the

Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute

offer as part of an online

Permaculture Design Certificate program…

Permaculture Design:
Fundamentals of Ecological Design

Begins July, 2019

Enrollment is open for “Permaculture Design: Fundamentals of Ecological Design.” Cultivate your ecological literacy by looking at complex symbiotic relationships in both natural and constructed systems. Explore and apply systems thinking to your own garden, farm, or backyard.

This course is one of three in a series offered in permaculture design leading to a Permaculture Design Certificate. (Read more about Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry and Permaculture Design: Design Practicum.)

To sign up or read more visit:

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Participants make observations on their own projects to learn permaculture design.

This course is designed by Steve Gabriel of “Farming the Woods” with Michael Burns of Cayuta Sun Farm. Both are cofounders of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Michael Burns will be the course instructor.

Gabriel & Burns

Steve Gabriel and Michael Burns

This opportunity, organized by Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture, is based on the permaculture curriculum and activities developed by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute over the past decade of teaching people from all walks of life.

This program provides rigorous, evidence-based instruction in the principles and methods of permaculture design based on the internationally recognized curriculum.

Engage in over 72 hours of study that meets Cornell’s standards for instruction in the best practices of permaculture assessment and design. Work on your own, while participating in class discussions with students from around the world using their own homes, farms, and projects to learn. Get one-on-one guidance by phone or teleconference during office hours held two or more times a week.

You will produce a draft design for your chosen site toward your portfolio requirement for a Permaculture Design Certificate issued by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.

Design Example

Learn permaculture while designing your own site.

The full Permaculture Design Certificate curriculum is organized into four parts spanning at least 17 weeks. The courses can be spread across several years.  Either this course or “ Permaculture Design: Ecosystem Mimicry” are prerequisites for the third course “Design Practicum,” a 3 1/2 week practicum. Completion of all three courses plus a final review of your practicum work by other teachers from the the Finger Lakes Permaculture Instiute is required to earn your certificate.

Sector concept from instructional video.

Instructional videos, readings, online discussions and activities on your own site give you hands-on experience exploring and practicing permaculture design.

Class size is limited. Enrollment frequently sells out.

To sign up visit:

To request notice of future courses in the PDC series fill out the form at: