You can watch a lot of free videos here http://www.openpermaculture.com/
Do not go for the “Permaculture Design Certificate” anywhere online. It is not respected anywhere and yeah… you do not learn farming in theory. I read a couple of permaculture books and visited several permaculture projects and it is a sound methodology but you can boil it down to a few points that really matter.
- Plan your whole farm with permaculture in mind and how it is going to be used so you have minimal maintenance work to do.
- You create a functioning small ecosystem and that takes time. Time until the soil is good again, you have the right amount of insects, plants…
- Think long term and grow a food forest if you can. That means trees and other plants that provide you with food year after year.
Our new farm will use a lot of permaculture design idea, mixed with other organic farming practices. Like 1974 said, its nothing really new but after the Japanese book called “One Straw Revolution” was published, permaculture took off and offers a pretty good starting point for sustainable farming.
Another thing that you hear often from people who practice permaculture is that it is A LOT easier if you do this in warmer climates. Permaculture at a place where you can grow and harvest all year around is very much possible, while it won’t work if you live in an area where you only have a few months a year to grow and harvest fruits and vegetables.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")