This interactive self-study course will make you confident in turning small spaces into highly abundant food gardens

What you'll learn

You'll learn how to apply regenerative practices and permaculture techniques to design and grow a garden that optimises the time and energy you put in, in order to produce high yields of delicious, nutritious food.

This course is packed with videos, quizzes and activities, and features a printable 40 page design workbook to support you on your journey - you'll get plenty of no-screen time!

The content for this course has been created by many expert permaculture teachers in collaboration with the Permaculture Association learning team (who brought you the well reviewed Foundations of Permaculture course), bringing you a course that draws from a wide variety of experiences and knowledge.

This course complements the Foundations course!

What's included?

- On demand videos
- Downloadable Resources
- Including an in depth 40 page workbook to maximise your learning
- Certificate of completion from the Permaculture Association*
- A food growing course framed around climate, equity and food security

*PAB certificate will be provided to those that complete the course within 3 months.

This video features excerpts from a longer video featured in a lesson from this course. Many thanks to course contributor Rakesh 'Rootsman Rak' for these words of wisdom. Read more info on Rakesh and other contributors below.

  • I cannot see anyone who attempts undertaking this course going back to a normal life that doesn't include some kind of permaculture. I am thoroughly enjoying all the information included, the videos shared and the reality of what really happens. It's more than a short course and I feel like a "dry sponge".

    — MA (Learner taking this course)

Equity focus

Equity means allocating resources to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognises that advantages and barriers exist, it is different to equality.

Therefore to reach more people the pricing for this course is based on the ethics of people care and fair share:
- Using a trust based system - Allow learners to self review their equity status and decide what they can afford, ie no proof is needed
- For every 10 higher tier learner, we will give a free place to those who cannot afford to take this course

What’s this course worth?

Most of our testers valued this course at between £70-£100, but, in line with our charity’s aims we want to reach as many people as possible with permaculture. This course has the potential to really empower people from all walks of life in using regenerative thinking and design with practical results - nutritious home grown food. You’ll also save money as you grow food.

‘Launch pricing’ which may be reviewed and changed in the future.

Pricing Tiers:

£10 Low income or low equity
£20 Medium income or medium equity
‘£30-£50 or more’ Higher income or higher equity

For every 10 higher income places sold, we will give away 1 completely free place as a bursary. Applications via email to

Sign up to start learning and growing

Low income or low equity

£9.99 once

Medium income or medium equity

£20 once

Higher income or higher equity (For every 10 higher income places sold, we give away 1 completely free place as a bursary)

Suggested: £60

Course overview

How to use this course
Getting to know you
Equalities monitoring
Connecting outside of this course
Download your course workbook
Module 1: Inspirational growing
Why grow our own food?
Where can we grow food?
Things to think about before you start
Principles to help you grow
Discovering your space
Module 2: Growing Foundations
Mapping out your Space
Diverse Healthy Spaces
Understanding soil
Understanding Water
Reviewing your workbook
Module 3: Planning, Making and Implementing
Start your food growing diary
Creative resource use
Feeding your soil
Saving water
Planting and Saving Seeds
Next Steps
How to provide feedback

What’s different about this course?

  • It will connect you to nature, to any available outside space and the love of growing organic food
  • This is an accessible course, open to anyone from any level, with an interest in growing food
  • Learn about how your resources, choices and environment interact and how to design taking everything into account
  • It’s tailored to be suitable to all growing environments.

Why learn with the Permaculture Association?

Course contributions directly support our charity work, helping more people do more permaculture.

Using permaculture design empowers you to make the right choices for a sustainable future. Whether you are involved in gardening, farming, planning, building homes, economic regeneration, or business. We, the Permaculture Association (Britain), are dedicated to ensuring that people coming to learn about permaculture are getting the best experience possible.

Permaculture is immersive - it opens up the door onto a whole new world of fascinating study and solutions. All courses on our online learning platform are developed in partnership with a range of certified permaculture educators.

You can meet some of this course’s fantastic contributing educators below.

Meet some of our contributing educators

Rakesh 'Rootsman Rak'

An experienced Permaculture designer teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ. Rakesh has been designing and teaching permaculture to individuals and communities since 2009, and has taught over 200 permaculture, forest gardening, eco village design and related courses.

His design portfolio ranges from large scale forest gardens in eco villages through to many urban community food growing gardens, private farms and back gardens as well as designing collaborative businesses, and urban water retention systems.

Rakesh is also passionate about building communities, and the social side of permaculture.

Damian Nicholls

I’m a lifelong gardener and being in nature is where I’m happiest, having designed numerous gardens over the years. I have a degree in Environmental Science but discovering permaculture was a turning point and since then I’ve undertaken the Permaculture Design Certificate and am now working towards the Diploma, this has brought additional design skills and perspectives. I believe it’s important to garden organically and to make best use of resources, maybe this explains my obsession with composting and water butts.

I think community is a vital part of our social fabric and have volunteered with tree planting groups and also helped establish and run a community association. We’ve transformed how we live over the years and are working towards the nirvana of a zero waste home, though it’s a journey of many steps.

Alison Ensor

Alison Ensor runs her house and garden as a permaculture demonstration LAND Centre (through the Permaculture Association scheme) in Gloucestershire, UK. She has a diploma in Applied Permaculture Design and run workshops and open days to help others get inspired too. 

Diploma graduate in 2013 - Alison manages a 1 acre site with house and garden permaculture designs including recycled pvc window greenhouse, small scale domestic reed bed system, chicken and duck forage system, 'permacultured' self watering polytunnel, rainwater harvesting, no dig food growing, solar hot tub, compost toilet, wood and solar domestic hotwater, pv panels and new strawbale roundhouse workshop space.

What does this course cover?

  • Organic gardening, growing food and herbs is a lifestyle and with the right information will stay with you forever.
  • In this course we will give you all the information you need to get started with growing food, even in the smallest of spaces.
  • You’ll learn essential information, such as healthy soil - needed to grow healthy abundant crops without costing the earth - information that’s often missing from horticultural courses and the Introduction to permaculture.
  • There will be lots of no screen time, and we will provide you with a workbook to apply your learning throughout the course.
  • Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll be ready to grow your own food and love eating it.

Sign up to begin learning and growing

Low income or low equity

£9.99 once

Medium income or medium equity

£20 once

Higher income or higher equity (For every 10 higher income places sold, we give away 1 completely free place as a bursary)

Suggested: £60

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Low income or low equity

£9.99 once

Medium income or medium equity

£20 once

Higher income or higher equity (For every 10 higher income places sold, we give away 1 completely free place as a bursary)

Suggested: £60