What is Permaculture?

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.

Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

From back cover of PERMACULTURE: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison


One response to “What is Permaculture?

  1. Hi folks
    This is James in Spain. I’m a mate of John and Lori Hillman and I’m the one who breeds worms. I go around enthusing people about worms, and the worm’s capacity to convert kitchen waste into fantastic compost. I particularly try to inform city dwellers about worm composting, explaining that with their worm composted kitchen waste, they can seriously start thinking about growing their own food !
    I’ve put a project up on the Transition Network site where there’s a worm compost kit ‘Group Purchase’ scheme set up (nothing in it for me) and with which Transition Sturminster could create a bit of revenue. It’s here…
    http://www.transitionnetwork.org/projects/working-worm-gang
    I’ve also got a YouTube channel that you can link to from the Transitionnetwork project where you can see what was happening in my (kitchen waste powered) City Garden back in July last year. Oh yes, and be sure to catch the video song there entitled ‘Working with a Worm Gang’.
    Hope you enjoy
    Best regards
    James (WillieJ)

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