The Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute presents  Photo by Jim Bosjolie 

Community Training in Ecological Design

SOLD OUT on January 10th, 2015.  

Design your backyard or acreage for the coming season and long term.

Grow food, build soil, and manage water in rural and urban landscapes.

Meet others and make beneficial connections in your community.

Hosted at New Roots Charter School in downtown Ithaca, NY

Permaculture design mimics the patterns and processes found in nature. Learn strategies for garden and farm-scale systems that meet human needs while improving ecological health. Join a learning environment where teachers support students to develop design ideas for their own projects.

Classes and take-home assignments cover a wide range of site mapping, assessment, planning and design skills. Students learn the how and why of many strategies including gardening, cover cropping, sheet mulching, backyard poultry, mushroom cultivation, tree crops and rainwater catchment.

Photo by Jim Bosjolie

36 hours of instruction

One full weekend & nine Monday evenings

January through April

Since 2005, the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute has taught audiences and community members across Central New York. Our instructors are professional educators, extension workers, farmers, parents and entrepreneurs actively working on and designing sustainable, permaculture-based projects.

Classes are a mixture of engaging lecture, discussion, and group activities. Rich conversation and connection between community members at our classes offer support and collaboration after you complete the course.

Participants (which have included college students, Cooperative Extension agents, educators, farmers, nonprofit-managers, ecovillage residents and gardeners) are equipped with practical knowledge and skills that can be shared with their neighbors and colleagues.

Graduates of the Community Training in Ecological Design (CTED) leave with a new way to see their landscapes and a renewed sense of possibility for sustainable design.  Students also walk away with a draft design of their property or project site.

Photo by Jim Bosjolie


Michael Burns

Steve Gabriel

Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

plus guests


Introduction Weekend (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.):

Saturday & Sunday, January 31-February 1

Monday evenings (6:30-9pm):

February 2, 9, & 23,  March 2, 9, 17, 23 & 30,  April 6 & 13


SOLD OUT on January 10th, 2015.  Do not send payment if you have not already registered. $200-600 based on what you can afford. Currently, no scholarship funds are available. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required for registration.


[Sign up for CTED here.]


New Roots Charter School, 116 Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY

Room location to be announced

NOTE: This is not a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course. This introductory course is based on—and is an abridged version of—the internationally recognized 72-hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) curriculum. Students who wish to earn the PDC can deduct their tuition for this course from our full PDC course tuition. (This discount cannot be combined with other discounts).

Photo by Jim Bosjolie