Permaculture Design at UNH

Permaculture Design

Permaculture Design is third in a three course series culminating in a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). Permaculture's originator, Foundations of Permaculture and Social Permaculture are prerequisites for the design course.

Bill Mollison, best describes the design course.

"Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms (biodiversity). It seeks to provide a sustainable and secure place for living things on this earth."

The Foundations of Permaculture course familiarizes participants with all the components we have or desire to live within the ethics of permaculture. We also become versed in the permaculture systems: biodiversity, soils, water, air, waste, energy, shelter, food and plant systems, and animals through the permaculture principles and anecologicallens.

In the Social Permaculture course, we increase awareness of invisible structures, again guided by many of the permaculture principles: economic and financial permaculture, social permaculture, access to land, and community-level disaster resiliency.

The design course takes all the pieces of permaculture previously studied and connects the relationships between them. We devise ways to apply them to our lives, economies, gardens, land and nature. We learn how to act to sustain the earth, which sustains ourselves and increases our survival. Design, says David Holmgren, “empowers us to move from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible and productive citizens.”

Permaculture Design is a five week online course.

Prerequisite Note: Permaculture Design can only be taken after completing Foundations of Permaculture.

Tools & Materials


Permaculture Design

Online Requirements

Hosted by UNH Canvas learning management system. Participants must be prepared to:

1) access the course regularly via the internet and participate in a dynamic learning environment with other students and the instructor,

2) organize their time to complete assignments and meet deadlines, and

3) respond to an email from UNH IT department to set up an account and access the course online.

Technical Requirements for an online course
1) Recently purchased Mac or PC
2) An internet connection via a hardwire(!) is preferable
3) A high speed wireless internet system at home is OK (Public wireless connections are not recommended)
4) Internet speeds of at least 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down). http://www.speedtest.net
5) Laptop camera or USB camera (optional)
6) Microphone or USB headset

In addition, participants should be comfortable with the following computer skills:

Use a word processing application including features such as copy/cut/paste
Attach and upload documents and assignments
Send and receive email
Use a supported web browser to access your course and other online resources on the Web.

Instructor Bios


Permaculture Design

  • Lauren Chase Rowell

    Lauren Chase-Rowell

    Lauren Chase-Rowell has been studying, teaching and practicing permaculture prior to her first Permaculture Design Certificate course in 1997. Her 19 acre homestead is an example of the practice of permaculture. She integrates permaculture and the importance of biodiversity into her landscape practices, courses, livelihood and lifestyle. Lauren holds a Permaculture Teaching Certificate and teaches for Great Bay community college, Natural Resource Stewards, and New Hampshire Technical Institute. Lauren has introduced and taught permaculture practices to NH Master Gardeners, NH Department of Environmental Services, UNH Cooperative Extension, as well as other quality courses at premier sustainability venues. Lauren initiated a NH Permaculture Teacher Certification course in 2014 and obtained a second PDC from OSU in 2016.

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