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Course CodeVSS106
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn to use animals for better effect in a permaculture system.

Currently under revision 


  • Develop your ability to integrate animals and insect into a complete permaculture design in ways that best utilise animal resources.
  • Understand the principles behind integration of animals in permaculture systems
  • Understand the role of insects and other small animals in permaculture systems
  • Understand the role of poultry and bees in the permaculture system
  • Develop knowledge of the role of grazing animals in permaculture systems
  • Understand the role of aquaculture production systems in permaculture
  • Develop knowledge of the range of aquaculture species available for permaculture systems


The six lessons are as follows:

1.  Integrating Animals Into A Permaculture System/Garden – Locating animals in the Permaculture system, birds, types of gardens, how to plan and prepare zones in relation to animals

2.  Role Of Insects And Other Small Animals – Ecosystems and their constituents, the web of life, the classification of animals, insect classification, lifecycles, feeding habits and control, companion planting

3.  Poultry and Bees – Ducks, poultry food, fowls, turkey, geese, bees

4.  Grazing Animals: Sheep, Goats, Cattle, Horses, etc – animals as mobile tractors, types of pasture,

5.  Aquaculture Production Systems – Biological filtration systems, clearing dam water, protecting fish, mariculture,

6.  Aquaculture Species to Grow – Australian native fish, yabbies, marron, spiny freshwater crayfish


  • Outline how to plan and prepare zones in relation to animals. Provide step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs or drawings.
  • Visit some outside environment close to your home such as a garden, a park, a piece of bushland or a water course
  • Arrange to visit someone who keeps a type of poultry which you are interested in.  Ask them how they feed their birds and also ask what are the most common problems they encounter and how they deal with them.
  • Water is the basis for aquaculture. What features of water are desirable for fish culture and what are not

Meet some of our academics

Bob James Bob has over 50 years of experience in horticulture across both production sectors (Crops and nursery) and amenity sectors of the industry. He holds a Diploma in Agriculture and Degree in Horticulture from the University of Queensland; as well as a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. He has worked a Grounds Manager at a major university; and a manager in a municipal parks department. Over recent years he has been helping younger horticulturists as a writer, teacher and consultant; and in that capacity, brings a diverse and unique set of experiences to benefit our students.
Maggi BrownMaggi is the classic UK "plantswoman". She can identify thousands of plants, and maintains her own homes and gardens in the Cotswolds (England), and near Beziers (in Southern France). Maggi is regarded as a leading organics expert across the UK, having worked for 20 years as Education Officer at the "Garden Organic" (formerly HDRA). Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS, Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Permaculture Design Certificate, B.A. (Hons)-Geography, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Diana has been an enthusiastic volunteer with community garden and land conservation projects since the 1980's. She has worked full time in horticulture since 2001, as a nursery manager, landscape and garden consultant, and a horticultural teacher (both with ACS and in the classroom with a local college where she lives in England).

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