is a practical concept applicable from the balcony to the farm, from
the city to the wilderness. It enables people to establish productive
environments providing for food, energy, shelter, material and non-material
needs, as well as the social and economic infrastructures which support
them. Permaculture means thinking carefully about our environment, our
use of resources and how we supply our needs. It aims to create systems
that will sustain not only for the present, but for future generations.
definition from Permaculture International Journal
globally recognised environmental design methodology. The founders of
Permaculture, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, coined the term 25 years
ago. Now there are over 4000 independently operated projects in 120
conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems
which have the DIVERSITY, STABILITY, RESILIENCE & CREATIVITY of
natural eco-systems (cultivated ecosystems)
whole systems approach to ecological planning and design - a way of
thinking, based on a positive and creative solution-finding, that provides
tools for working towards long term sustainability
holistic ecological approach to the design and development of human
settlements takes into account food production, structures, technologies,
energy, natural resources, landscape, animal systems, plant systems,
and social and economic structures.
to both urban and rural contexts, and to any scale of design.
working with, rather than against, nature. It provides us with the tools
to satisfy our needs in a way that sustains the earth, future generations
by traditional wisdom, especially the sustainable farming cultures of
Asia, India and Africa and incorporates new appropriate methods and
with the restoration of soil as a priority (Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants
= Healthy Food = Healthy People)
on the environmental ethics and principles of design and close observation
of nature rather than a set of techniques. These ethics and principles
draw from a broad across-section of disciplines. The aim is to create
beneficial and supportive relationships between elements in the landscape
that recognise the interconnectedness and diversity of the natural world.
It calls for a move from monoculture to polyculture.
to assist people and communities to develop ecoliteracy (ecological literacy)
and ecodesign skills and work towards more sustainable ways of living.
Permaculture teaches, amongst other things, how to….
nature and become more ecologically aware and responsible
the land, forests, waterways and local ecologies
fresh healthy chemical-free food
and improve soil fertility and prevent erosion
water wisely – collection, storage, reusing, cleansing
pollution and waste and utilise resources responsibly
and design sustainable houses and human settlements
the local economy, create local employment and work co-operatively
on strengths and abundances within the bioregion
this knowledge with others.
is not one single solution to the problems we face but the universal applicability
of the principles of Permaculture enable us to find solutions that are
location and needs specific.
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