What is Permaculture?
Permaculture, also known as ecological or regenerative design, offers a path-- a design for living in complex changing systems using principles found in nature.
A Design System
Permaculture ethics, root practices and principles are those of nature herself, and can be applied to the garden, the farm, and indeed any living system including human structures.Permaculture is also known as regenerative design or ecological agriculture... permanent agriculture.
Based on Nature
We Are Part of the System
in practice, permaculture also cultivates a way of being that tends to go much deeper than simply a system of ecological design. Somehow, by engaging with nature in intimate observation, we gradually become a part of the system and magically and necessarily engage in our own evolution and transformation.
Ethics, Principles and Practices
Everything is a Garden
The ethics, principles, and roots of permaculture practice, can go far beyond the garden or farm and into the invisible structures of our relationships with ourselves and others, as well as our community and organizational structures. By engaging in permaculture, one soon and eagerly applies the approach to other complex systems and challenges.
The Ethical Intentions of Permaculture
Care for Earth -- the source of all life.
Care for People --this why we garden in the first place
Return the surplus to Earth and people
Permaculture Root Practices
Thoughtful and Protracted Observation
Whole Systems Thinking
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.
Principles of Permaculture
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
To Natural Agencies and Forces
Everything is in Relationship
Each Element Can Have Many Functions
Strive to optimize and cycle energy flow in the system
Stability is directly proportional to the number of beneficial connections
Succession of Evolution
Give it time
Creativity Happens on the Edge
Information as a Resource
Bad info = bad design.
Good info is needed for good design
The Yield is Theoretically Unlimited
Nature can be infinitely abundant
Unknown Good Benefit
Choose to Trust in a Benevolent Universe
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