WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?

 

 

Permaculture combines three key aspects: an ethical framework, an understanding of how nature works,  a design approach.

 

 

This unique combination is then used to support the creation of sustainable, agriculturally productive, non-polluting and healthy settlements. In many places this means adapting our existing settlements. In other cases it can mean starting from scratch. Both offer interesting challenges and opportunities.

 

 

The word 'permaculture' comes from 'permanent agriculture' and 'permanent culture' - it is about living lightly on the planet, and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature.

 

Permanence is not about everything staying the same. It's about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture and social justice, peace and abundance.

 

 

 One thing is for sure. Its a fascinating subject, with many aspects, and it's still evolving.

By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources - food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs - it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.

This is the essence of permaculture - the design of an ecologically sound way of living - in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.

 

Permaculture is not exclusive - its principles and practice can be used by anyone, anywhere: City flats, yards and window boxes, suburban and country houses/gardens, allotments and smallholdings, community spaces, farms and estates, countryside and conservation areas, commercial and industrial premises, educational establishments, waste ground...

...Permaculture encourages us to be resourceful and self-reliant. It is not a dogma or a religion but an ecological design system which helps us find solutions to the many problems facing us - both locally and globally.