Profit margins on growing crops are so thin that it is almost impossible to make enough money farming to buy everything you need. "Get big or get out" was the advice Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture from 1971 to 1976, gave farmers. Those who stayed small frequently found work off the farm to support themselves. The other option, the one more compatible with Permaculture, is learning how to make things for yourself, so you don't need the money to buy things.

Courses in this category include everything from simple repairs and assembling kit furniture to forging parts and computer-aided machining. The focus is on the workshop itself, however; subjects which are appropriate to other categories will go there, like "Building Chicken Coops" in Permaculture Animal Husbandry or "Making a Garden Cart" in Transport, Hauling, and Movement.