Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course

NOFA-NJ, Duke Farms and The Permaculture Project LLC are sponsoring the 2014 Permaculture 8-Day Design Certificate Course that will be taught by New Jersey native, Wayne Weiseman, Director of The Permaculture Project,LLC, over two long weekends in May and June at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ. Bill Mollison, an Australian ecologistand one of his students, David Holmgren, coined the word 'Permaculture' in 1978.  It is a contraction of "permanent agriculture", or "permanent culture". It is a land use and community building movement that strives for the harmonious integration of human dwelling, microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive communities.The focus is not on these elements themselves, but rather on the relationships created among them by the way we place them in the landscape.

"Permaculture principles focus on thoughtful designs for small-scale intensive systems, which are labor efficient and which us biological resources in stead of fossil fuels. Designs stress ecp;pgoca; connections and closed energy and material loops.  The core of Permaculture is design and the working relationships and connections between all things.  Each component in a system performs multiple functions, and each function is supported by many elements."  ~Bill Mollison, Originator Permaculture Design System.

About the Course:

"We seek to create positive and ethical lifestyle change, develop ecological and environmental harmony and stability for future generations, and teach appropriate technologies that sustain rather than harm." ~Instructor: Wayne Weiseman


Permaculture is about whole systems, not about separate components.   Permaculture is experiential and hands-on; it is about designing ecological human habitats and food production systems. Because each element in a landscape or the built environment affects every other element at a site, a complete, comprehensive assessment is essential to develop healthy, productive, energy efficient relationships between elements for the benefit of everyone and everything involved in day to day operations and life

The Permaculture Design Certificate Course is a training that utilizes the teachings of Bill Mollison's Permaculture Design System.  Permaculture design concepts are applicable to urban as well as rural settings, and are appropriate for the single households as well as whole farms and villages.  By paying attention to all details, it enables us to make the best of what is already on the ground, and what we intend to put there.  With a dynamic interaction of elements in process, and an assessment of both special and temporal attributes, organized around sound ecological principles, we can maximize yields and balance the landscape. The goal of the course is for students to understand the concepts and themes of the Permaculture Design System and to provide them with hands-on opportunities to apply the system in practical situations.  Students will achieve a working understanding of ecologically-based planning, site design and management.  Upon completion of the required course work students will be issued a Permaculture Design Certificate sanctioned by the Permaculture Project LLC. The class will be utilizing Rosemary Morrow's "earth user's guide to permaculture" as the essential text.   Click here to see areas covered during the course.
  • The Permaculture Design Certificate Course will be offered over two long weekends (each 4 full days);  Friday through Monday: May 16-19 and June 6-9, 2014.  
  • This hands-on certificate course is very intensive and will run from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.  All eight days must be completed for certification.
  • The first four days will focus more on the planning components and the second four days will include some planning and implementation at a Duke Farms location.       


  • The 8-day course will be delivered at the Coach Barn at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.  A hearty catered lunch will be provided each day.
  • Many lodging options are available close to the course location at Duke Farms Click here for a map of area motels:

Who Is Wayne Weiseman?

Wayne Weiseman was born in and grew up around Plainfield, New Jersey and spent countless hours exploring and getting to know the ecological  intricacies of the fields, forests, streams and  communities in Central New Jersey.  Wayne was certified to teach Permaculture by Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture; he is also recognized by the Worldwide Permaculture Network as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. He is also certified by the American Institute of Architecture to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects.  Wayne has taught and been featured internationally for many years. Wayne is Director of The Permaculture Project LLC and Permaculture Design-Build Collaborative, full-service, consulting and educational businesses that promote eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods. He is also education director of Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture, an educational organization teaching Permaculture and whole systems design, located in Fountain City, Wisconsin.
Wayne currently sits on the board of Permaculture Institute North America, (PINA) a national certifying organization for Permaculture designers and educators.  Wayne’s book, “Integrated Forest gardens: the Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems”, will be released by Chelsea Green Publishers in spring of 2014.
Wayne Weiseman and The Permaculture Project LLC can be contacted by email at: or calling (618) 713-0537.

Fees and Registration Information  (Registration closed.)

 The cost of the course is $1300.00 per person, $1200.00 for NOFA-NJ Members.  A  $100.00 discount is offered if registering two family or farm members.  Please contact the NOFA-NJ office (908-371-1111 x 100) for more information. Don't forget to review our Cancellation Policy for educational programming before registering