The Permaculture Student

A resilient, abundant future starts with permaculture education.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design science that uses the patterns and systems of nature to provide sustainably and regeneratively for both humans and the environment. It is also the best way to repair degraded, polluted and damaged ecosystems. No matter your skill set, age or field of study, permaculture design science inspires sustainability and resiliency in design and application.

The Permaculture Student 1

The first in our series, The Permaculture Student 1 is a foundational introduction to permaculture that serves as a clear, reference for anyone teaching permaculture to children or youth as well. Originally designed for middle schoolers, all ages are currently using the textbook all over the world. The Kickstarter is currently running for The Permaculture Student 2 (which has been successfully funded!)

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"Matt Powers has focused his permaculture energy and enthusiasm on a critical audience, the children of the world, with the permaculture message that there are positive solutions to the world's problems and we can all engage in a meaningful life with an abundant future. This crucial commendable work which has been developed exceptionally well should be whole-heartedly supported.”

-Geoff Lawton,

The Permaculture Student Online

Applying his years of working as a teacher writing curriculum from scratch using online classrooms (, Matt has opened an online program to accompany the textbook series. Focused on starting resilient small businesses and homesteads from scratch, students of all ages and families learn through weekly collections of videos, worksheets, coloring pages, projects, activities, & critical thinking with teacher's guides, recipes, plant focus, seed saving, & Q&A.

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Working with feedback from Geoff Lawton, Danial Lawton, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Rosemary Morrow, Neal Spackman, Diana Leafe Christian, Paul Wheaton, parents, children and educators, The Permaculture Student Online has collaborative support from some of the most experienced practitioners in permaculture.

Our Objectives:

  1. To inspire a love and appreciation for nature's patterns and systems
  2. To help students re-imagine, repair, & make resilient their homes, communities, and degraded landscapes
  3. To create sustainable and ethical sources of income
  4. To plan and inspire a new way of designing our civilization

About Matt Powers

Matt Powers is an experienced teacher, family guy, author, consultant, farmer, seed saver, plant breeder, musician, blogger, & permaculturist. Matt speaks at conferences, colleges, schools, and events about permaculture and education. He has spoken at the National Heirloom Expo, Soil Not Oil, A Place for Sustainability, San Diego Heirloom Seed Swap, SLOLA, Permaculture Voices, Baker Creek's Spring Planting Festival, Valley Home Educators convention, CoCo San Sustainable Farm, A Place for Sustainability, CVCUE, the International School of Los Angeles, the WorldBeat Center in SD, & more.

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In enduring traditional societies children are the centre of the village and are recognised as a precious responsibilities that deserve our best attentions. Too often, modern society has forgotten that promise to educate and pass on wisdom and values to the next generations.

Matt Power’s work presents the essence of permaculture design in creative and engaging ways for young people. It is a valuable contribution towards a kinder, wiser and more ecologically balanced future for all our children. Bravo!
— Maddy Harland, editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine