Permaculture

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Permaculture is a way to create healthy communities of people, plants and animals. Permaculture is a holistic design methodology.

“Permaculture is based on the observation of natural systems, the wisdom contained in traditional farming systems, and modern scientific and technological knowledge. Although based on good ecological models, permaculture creates a cultivated ecology, which is designed to produce more human and animal food than is generally found in nature.” Bill Mollison – co-founder of Permaculture

“What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don’t know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that.”
Dr. David Suzuki, geneticist, broadcaster and international environmental advocate

The over-arching permaculture ethics that inform all of the work of permaculture are:

Care for the Earth
Care for the People
Share the Surplus

David Holmgren, co-founder of permaculture, outlined 12 design principles for designing sustainable habitats. See   holmgren-design-principles for his detailed narrative discussion of permaculture design principals.

While there is a strong emphasis on sustainable agriculture, Permaculture addresses all aspects of how humans can live in sustainable human settlements, captured by DavidHolmgren’s image:

Holmgren flower


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