Permaculture

top-halfPermaculture is the study and practice of sustainable living. A Permaculture Design Course (PDC) is an arrangement of courses of study to learn about sustainable living practices and a platform to discuss good ideas and practices when applied to a piece of land.

Permaculture Design courses often involve theoretical and practical components. In practical courses, students gain practical hands-on experience from the day’s lesson as it relates to the needs of the site.

Permaculture is many things to many people. It’s a design science, a study of nature, an independent practice and a community or tribal activity. The following words further describe what Permaculture is as it relates to common patterns found in nature. As with anything in nature, permaculture begins with a point and grows exponentially in all directions into infinity.

Permaculture is                                             Natural pattern

Reason                                                            Point (1D)

Process                                                           Line (2D)

Perspective                                                    Branch (2D)

Frequency                                                      Wave (2D)

Community or tribe                                      Circle (3D)

Collection                                                       Cylinder (4D)

Union or helix                                                Torus  (5D)

 

To distinguish this practice from other things, the following words describe what Permaculture is not:

Permaculture is not

Formal

Government

Religion

Corporation

Principles

Strategies of Permaculture Design

Strategies of Permaculture Design

A principle is a fundamental proposition that serve as the foundation for a system or chain of reasoning. Permaculture principles are as follows:

Earthworks – Capture rainwater in the soil and provide access to the site

Natural building – Provide housing for people and animals

Water – Catch, clean, conserve and reuse water

Sanitation – Produce no waste

Soil – Build soil

Microorganisms – Grow microorganisms

Nursery – Save seeds and propagate plants

Plants – Grow and harvest edible plants

Trees – Grow useful trees and food forests

Insects – Raise beneficial insects and keep pests away

Animals – Raise healthy animals using the resources available

Kitchen – Prepare, ferment or preserve food grown on site

Appropriate technology – Use energy efficiently

Economics – Create a surplus

Project planning – Install a permaculture design

 

Ethics

Permaculture ethics

Permaculture ethics

Ethics are moral principles that govern a person’s behavior. There are three aspects to the ethics of permaculture:

People care – Be considerate of everyone’s time, interests, thoughts and actions, including our own

Earth care – Care for the earth, the animals, the plants, trees, fungi, microbes, water, air

Fair share – Fairly distribute growth/surplus among humans and nature