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OSU is running a free online permaculture MOOC course - 4 weeks, through Canvas.  If you're interested it runs May 1 - 31 and you can sign up here:



In this free, online course, you’ll learn about the process, ethics, and principles of permaculture while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. Permaculture uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land. This course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of learning style, time commitments, or available technology. Expect to spend between two to four hours each week on coursework.



  • Define what the permaculture design system is, as well as its ethics and principles.
  • Organize the order of the permaculture design process.
  • Diagram elements of watershed, sector, and zone maps.
  • Identify design elements appropriate for each climate.

Course Instructors

Andrew Millison

Andrew Millison


Andrew Millison brings 20 years of experience designing and building permaculture projects to his teaching and wants to share that rich, real-world experience. He's been studying, teaching, and practicing permaculture since 1996. He began teaching permaculture at the college level in 2001 and joined the Horticulture Department at Oregon State University in 2009. Andrew currently teaches Permaculture Design and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum at OSU on campus and online.

Oregon State University

Edited by KG in Oregon - 4/30/16 at 7:56am