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What is Permaculture?

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Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.

David Holmgren - co-originator of the Permaculture concept

Permaculture brings together sustainability sciences, ethics, environmental principles and just plain common sense into one overall guide for living.

The main features of permaculture can be summarised as:

  • A system for creating sustainable human settlements by integrating design and ecology
  • Synthesis of traditional knowledge and modern science, applicable to both urban and rural situations
  • Taking natural systems as a model and working with nature to design sustainable environments which will provide basic human needs as well as the social and economic infrastructures which support them
  • Encouraging us to become a conscious part of the solutions to the many problems which face us both locally and globally

Permaculture Principles

Permaculture is a philosophy based on 12 design principles. For a good introduction to the 12 principles, take a look at David Holmgren's website or watch the video below :

There are many books on permaculture, get started by reading a free e-book called "Essence of Permaculture" - a summary of permaculture concepts and principles taken from "Permaculture: Principles & Pathways - Beyond Sustainability" by David Holmgren.