WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
Bill Mollison, Permaculture co-founder.
"Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and strength of natural eco-systems. It is a harmonious combination of land and people in supplying their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way."(Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way)
THE DESIGN SYSTEM
More precisely permaculture is a “design system based on ecological principles” which provides the organising framework for implementing the above vision. In this more limited, but important sense it draws together the diverse skills and ways of living which need to be rediscovered and developed to empower us to move from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.
In this sense, permaculture is not the landscape, or even the skills of organic gardening, sustainable farming, energy efficient building or eco-village development as such, but can be used to design, establish, manage and improve these and all other efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.
"Permaculture is also a world wide network and movement of individuals and groups working in both rich and poor countries on all continents. Largely unsupported by government or business, these people are contributing to a sustainable future by reorganising their lives and work around permaculture design principles. In this way they are creating small local changes but ones which are directly and indirectly influencing action in the wider environment, organic agriculture, appropriate technology, communities and other movements for a sustainable world. After 30 years Permaculture may rank as one of Australia’s most significant “intellectual exports."
David Hogrem, ww.holgren.com.au
Permaculture Ethics and Principles
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- Permaculture Worldwide Network and Permaculture Research Institute:
These sister-sites by the Permaculture Research Institute are a great place to find the latest news and thought-provoking or inspiring blog-type articles on permaculture, including the latest permaculture research. Contributing writers are from all over the world and the “Global” section featuring permaculture projects on a pin-style map is one of its kind. Users may search projects by location, climate zone, and other features
- This Permaculture research blog is a fantastic source for the latest research on Permaculture, with frequent updates and some video content. Topics vary from broad-scale ones, like carbon reduction and social justice to more specific, highlighting successful community projects, farming methods, and book reviews.
- You can also just look on YOUTUBE, there are thousands of Permaculture videos or do some research on the world wide web!