• What is Permaculture? It is How Earth Earths


  • Ethics

    The Ethical Intentions of Permaculture


    Earth Care

    Care of Earth as the source of life.


    People Care

    Care of People is why we garden in the first place


    Return the Surplus

    to Earth and People

  • Enter the Dance

    Designing New Systems and Structures

    "Permaculture is that it is the design arm of a paradigm shift. To be more specific, it’s the design approach for achieving the goals of the sustainability movement. And I mean sustainability in the largest sense, not just environmental sustainability but social and ethical as well." -- Toby Hemenway

  • Roots

    The Root Practices of Permaculture

    Thoughtful and Protracted Observation

    Start Here

    What is the state of the system? The elements? The relationships? The Energy flow?

    Whole Systems Thinking

    Think Big

    Permaculture offers a way to engage with the whole world -- on a small scale, while keeping in mind a vision for the larger design.


    Start Small, Then Expand

    Align with Natural Energies and Forces

    We start small, with low risk, then expand what has energy and life.


    The same elemental building blocks evolve into many diverse, intelligent, systems. What begins as a small experiment can evolve or sometime burst into a myriad of successful co-creative regenerative ecosystems.

  • Living the New Story

    At Dancing TreePeople Farm

    We experiment and play with new ideas...

    and a new way of being.

    How do we bring about a just and sustainable presence on planet Earth?

    What is ours to contribute at this moment?

  • Applied Permaculture

    At Dancing TreePeople Farm

  • Principles

    The 13 Principles of Permaculture Design


    Work With and Within Nature

    Cooperate with natural agencies and forces


    The Problem is an Opportunity

    We are only limited by imagination


    Least Change for the Greatest Effect

    Choose where to place your energy


    Relinquish Power

    ...to natural forces


    Relative Location

    Everything is in relationship


    Stack Functions

    One element has many functions


    Energy Cycling

    Strive to optimize and cycle energy flow in the system


    Beneficial Connections

    Stability is directly proportional to the number of beneficial connections


    Succession of Evolution

    Give it time


    Edge Effect

    Creativity happens on the edge


    Info as a Resource

    Bad info = bad design.

    Good info is needed for good design


    Yield is Theoretically Unlimited

    Nature can be infinitely abundant


    Unknown Good Benefit

    Choose to rust in a benevolent Universe

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