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Welcome to our Self Sufficiency Department at ACS!

We offer truely unique and global courses in all aspects of self sufficiency, permaculture and alternative energy, you can find these below as well as free articles All of our courses are by distance education and this school has proudly been running for over 34 years!

Meet some of our tutors in Self Sufficiency, Green Energy and Permaculture from around the world.

Martin Powdrill: Tutor
Bsc (Hons) Applied Science (Resources Option), MSc Computer Studies, Permaculture Design Certificate.Martin’s goal for sustainable change brings together his strengths & experience in his environmental, project management, and business backgrounds.  He wishes to make a real difference to people and the planet, by actively bringing new perspectives to current challenges and exciting opportunities. To realise this, he enables diverse groups of people to flourish and release their untapped potential, by re-igniting their passion and creativity. Additionally, Martin volunteers with many local environmental and community groups, and facilitates discussions on climate change, peak oil, and transition towns. 

Adriana Fraser: Tutor
Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care., Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert 1V Assessment and Training.,  Adv.Dip.Hort.
Adriana has over 25 years of experience in horticulture and organic growing, business, project management and writing. She has worked extensively in the nursery and garden design industry, as a TAFE teacher and in community education.

Maggi Brown: Tutor
Cert.Ed.(Environment) Maggi is regarded as an expert in Organic Growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association (now Garden Organic). She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more them three decades.


At ACS we pride ourselves on our green, ethical approaches. As such, we are pleased to offer students the opportunity to learn more about eco-friendly living and farming alternatives.

If any of these topics interest you, consider a short course, or certificate with ACS. If you want to start up your own larger scale organic food production enterprise, consider our sustainable agriculture and organic crop production courses. Environmental management courses are also available. Courses can be undertaken from Certificate to Advanced Diploma level, with the option of our professional tutor assistance to select the best combination of modules for your needs!

Our students come from all over the world. Practical tasks enable students to put theory into practice in their own region. Tutors will guide students to enable them to make the best use of their resources and climate. Unlimited tutor access for all students – the best way to get started in your new lifestyle or career, no prior experience needed!


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