What is Permaculture?

Permaculture as a word was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1979 uniting the ideas of Permanence (or Sustainability) with Agriculture (or Farming).  Permaculture is the study of design which focuses on implementing systems that support abundance and ecological wellbeing based on working with nature. Since it’s conception, Permaculture has grown into a thriving culture, an ever-evolving synthesis of ideas, concepts, and practices. Permaculture reaches into Health and Wellness, Natural Building, Appropriate Technologies, Human Relations, Education, Governance, Finance, and all elements of Life including Art and Music, Celebration and Ceremony, Rites and Ritual, Birth, Death, and Everything in between….

It can be seen as the 8 Limbs of Yoga, spokes of a wheel radiating from the axis to the hub, united in strength and reaching in support.  A more modern model is presented in the following Flower of Permaculture:

Permaculture can also be conceptualized through 3 Foundational Ethics:

<->Care for Mother Earth <-> Care for Oneself <-> Care for Community<->

Permaculture then takes form through principals of…

Observe & interact

Catch & store energy

Obtain a yield

Apply self-regulation & accept feedback

Use & value renewable resources & services

Produce no waste

Design from patterns to details

Integrate rather than segregate

Use small & slow solutions

Use & value diversity

Use edges & value the marginal

Creatively use & respond to change

In essence Permaculture is a foundation and design system for thriving human/ecological connections, it is a way of life, a culture, where we can have abundance and benefit our environment.  It is a way where we can live the modo of making choices that positively effect 7 generations after us.  There is a path to a brighter future, and we are designing it, living it, loving it.  Dive into your own potential and be the change you wish to see in the world.

Permaculture is Life in Balance.