Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living.
It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive
systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.
Permaculture tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimise environmental impact at the same time. Its principles are being constantly developed and refined by people throughout the world in very different climates and cultural circumstances.
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 inhabitants.
Permaculture is not exclusive – its principles and practice can be used by anyone, anywhere ~
- City apartments, yards and window boxes
- Suburban and country houses/garden
- Allotments and smallholdings
- Community spaces
- Farms and estates
- Countryside and conservation areas
- Commercial and industrial premises
- Educational establishments
- Waste grounds
Writer Emma Chapman defines it as:
“Permaculture, Originally ‘Permanent Agriculture’, is often viewed as a set of gardening techniques, but it has in fact developed in to a whole design philosophy, and for some people a philosophy for life. Its central theme is the creation of human systems which provide for human needs, but using many natural elements and drawing inspiration from natural ecosystems. Its goals and priorities coincide with what many people see as the core requirements for sustainability.”
A note from Permaculture Miami (by Marcus Thomson):
Permaculture as it is written above gives joy and fulfillment to most who read about it. Imagine living in a world where all is provided for. It seems like a dream. And it is! However, this dream is made manifest into our reality with the drive of our deep passions for creating it in the here and now. You want to live this dream, you must first design it. The design process is what make permaculture exceptionally unique, integrating many cross disciplines of the world. It is the primary focus before any major task is done to actualize the dream into reality. If you cannot wait and just want to get going, build healthy, rich, living soil. Lots of it! And while your doing that, “take your time, slow down and design”…
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