I spent a really long time being pissed off that I couldn’t get a “proper” education with a certificate or diploma for free. Which is just silly. Nothing in life is free. Except it can be. If you look hard enough and don’t mind putting the work in. You won’t get any credit for it, but the education is out there at least to some degree. I suppose it depends on what you want to do with it. After going back and forth for YEARS trying to work out what I want to do, I realized there is no easy answer. Just do it a bit at a time if I can’t do it all at once I suppose. Anyway, in my searching I came up with some spectacular resources I totally recommend.
North Carolina State University has a fantastic Introduction to Permaculture Design recorded video lecture series, taught by Will Hooker, (landscape designer) who I found to be interesting, knowledgable, honest and has a good sense of humor. It’s the complete course. They talk about some NC zone specific stuff but it’s applicable everywhere. He uses Bill Mollison’s Permaculture One as well as Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden: A Guide To Homescale Permaculture as texts mostly.
Speaking of Bill Mollison, I also found a series of videos of his lectures here. It isn’t the complete course but the basics for sure. Of course it’s the original inspiration for Will Hooker’s class but I think watching both only helps the info to sink in more. Plus I find Bill Mollison completely entertaining.
Alison.com is one of my favorite sites. It’s FULL of free courses, some that will give you a paid certification or diploma. I just finished GIY’s Introduction To Growing Organic Food Sustainably series the other day. It goes through how to plant/harvest a whole array of veggies. You can get a pdf certificate for around $30 if that’s what you’re into. I won’t be paying for that but Alison allows you to print off a record of the courses you’ve completed. If anything I find it a better use of my time than watching Netflix. At least when I’m feeling guilty about my time spent watching Netflix. Which is always.
That might help get you started. I’m determined to take the 72 hour certificate course one day… I’m on Day 3 of waiting for my correspondence course (Aromatherapy) to show up. Really only day 2 since I ordered it on the weekend but darn it I want to start NOW. I’m so spoiled by the internet it’s ridonkulous. I’ve lost all patience. So I signed up for a diploma course on Reiki to help me relax. BAHAHA.
I have a problem.