Cornell Online Permaculture course starts October 24.


Study permaculture online through Cornell University’s distance learning program.

Create a design portfolio based on your own project and complete all three of the courses from home to earn a Permaculture Design Certificate.


Instruction and facilitation is led by Michael Burns of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute who has been teaching and practicing permaculture since 2005 at Cayuta Sun Farm.

Two spaces are still open in the first course: Permaculture: Fundamentals of Ecological Design offered October 24 to December 8, 2016.

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The first 6.5 week long course and 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.

There are two additional permaculture design courses: 

Permaculture Design: Ecosystem MimicryJanuary 16 to March 2, 2017

Permaculture Design: Design Practicum:* March 13 to April 6, 2017 *Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Ecological Design or Ecosystem Mimicry

Completion of a single class gives students a certificate of completion from the Horticulture and continuing education units. Completion of all three courses gives students the portfolio necessary to apply for an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate though the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Registration opens about six weeks before each course begins. Fee is $675 paid via credit card at sign up. See registration link at:<>