What is Permaculture?

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What is Permaculture?

What is Permaculture? Well this is what I used to tell them “Permaculture is a design science for your life, based upon the highest ethical standards. It includes environmental design, integrated water resource management, and regenerative agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.” It’s what get’s me out of bed ever morning!

Now I tell them that “Permaculture is a holistic approach to land and life design!” it’s also  what get’s me out of bed ever morning!


Bill Mollison would tell you:

“Permaculture is is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.”

and if you looked on Wikipedia it would say:

“The term permaculture was first coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to “permanent agriculture” but was expanded to stand also for “permanent culture,” as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.”

cropped-032416-Kates-Logo-for-BS-JN-Edit.pngThe Beyond Sustainable logo represents the prime directive of permaculture also know as the three ethics and they are:

Earth Care:
To ensure all life systems continue to function properly. Including the reuse of our “Waste” and water.

People Care:
To allow people to access the resources necessary for their existence.

Set Limits and Redistribute Surplus:
By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to contribute to the first two ethics. I like to think of this ethic as giving back to the first two ethics, like the circle of life and what now.

I first learned about Permaculture in Spring of 2014 while I was surfing the  youtube. I saw one of Geoff Lawton’s videos and it was so inspirational I was immediately hooked. Later that year I took a Permaculture design course at East End Eden in Ojai, CA and now I apply Permaculture to all aspects of my life.

If you’d like to learn more about Permaculture I recommend these books:

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual
This is “The Book” for anyone who wants to learn what Bill Mollison’s (The Granddaddy of Permaculture) thought were on most aspects of life. This book is very hard to read as a traditional book I would recommend using it as a reference when you want to learn more about a particular area of permaculture. It is also the book that is used in all Permaculture Design Courses.

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition
The first edition of Gaiaís Garden sparked the imagination of Americaís home gardeners, introducing permacultureís central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.

The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience
Another great book by Toby Hemenway, Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food―connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways―applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design, illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns, and suburbs.

I’m looking forward to sharing more about Permaculture with you in the near future.


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