Permaculture Design Certification Course

This course is an exciting opportunity to learn Permaculture Design in a highly urban environment with like-minded individuals. St. Louis, as all cities, are full of potential, as well as amazing work happening right now, and we uncover what it looks like to create a sustainable, stable, and equitable city through group design projects, local and global showcases, and hands-on practice in established urban farms—all in conjunction with the paradigm-changing Permaculture Design Course curriculum with renowned Permaculture Institute instructorship.

Ample opportunities to experience Permaculture in action are offered as part of this course from farmers’ market production gardens, edible forest gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, urban soil building, placemaking installations, and community building.

Class material is presented through discussion, slideshow, hands-on skill building, touring Permaculture sites, and interactive activities.

Participants receive an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate from Permaculture Institute founded by Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman. The course syllabus can be found here.

Course Information


2020 (specific dates TBD)


Jason Gerhardt is the lead instructor and will be joined by guests Pandora Thomas of the Black Permaculture Network, Molly Rockamann of EarthDance Organic Farm School, Matt Lebon of Custom Foodscapes, and Gibron Jones of Hosco Foods. Read about our lead instructor here and follow the links to learn about guest instructors.


To be announced with specific dates. Affiliate organizations include EarthDance Organic Farm School, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Holistic Organic Sustainable Cooperative, and Confluence Farms.


We will be spending time indoors and outdoors during this course. Dressing in layers, having boots available, sunblock, and any other accessories is encouraged for adapting to field work in varying weather conditions. Participants should be prepared for the weather extremes of St. Louis.


All meals during the course will be catered. Reasonable accommodations for food allergies can be made, but please contact us so we can plan for you.


Contact us for help planning your attendance.

Erika HaranoSaint Louis PDC