What Is Permaculture?
By Patricia Michael
Copyright © 2004, Patricia Michael. Permission to reproduce is granted provided the work is reproduced in its entirety, including this notice.
Permaculture is a design system and a way of life based on ecology and ethics. Created in Australia in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and his students as a way to develop rich, productive and resilient farms and gardens (permanent agriculture), it has evolved to encompass integrated, sustainable design and living in all its forms.
The practice of Permaculture is based on two things:
Permaculture designs whole systems based on patterning of landscape, function, and species assemblies. It asks, Where does each element go? How can it be placed for maximum benefit in the system? Permaculture is multi-dimensional.
The design process includes techniques, strategies, and patterning.
Permaculture design is based on a strong sense of ethics. Its basic principles are:
Permaculture can be applied to all areas of one's life. It helps us thrive in a thriving environment.
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