What is Permaculture?

oxford6Permaculture is a holistic design philosophy described as the art and science of creating community ecosystems in which plants, animals, human beings, and all forms of ecological diversity interact to produce a prolific, ecologically-sound, and regenerative system that can support itself and life indefinitely. The focus of permaculture is to design and establish societal systems that provide for humanity’s material and non-material needs including food, water, shelter, energy, and health in a way that is symbiotic and synergistic with the Earth’s natural ecosystems. More recently permaculture is incorporating an ever-growing landscape of diverse fields and skill sets and is being applied towards areas such as busin
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ess, government, economics, group process, social systems, and even inner work. • An ethical design system for ecological living • A global grassroots movement to build a sustainable culture • An ecological science: the study of Nature and natural systems • A lifestyle integrating ecologically sustainable qualities into our lives and communities

Permaculture Ethics

• Care of Earth • Care of People • Share the Surplus

Some Aims of Permaculture

• Re-Forest the Earth • Reclaim and build soil • Grow food where people are • Sequester carbon to balance the biosphere • Create Regenerative Culture • Calalyze a Global Grassroots Movement ◦ Ecological, Social, Culural Healing ◦ Restorative Justice ◦ Education for Self-Reliance

Good Permaculture Quotes

“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 allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.” – Bill Mollison “Permaculture is a whole systems design methodology based in a set of ethics and principles used to design sustainable and regenerative human settlements, communities, social, political, and economical systems.” – Rick Taylor “Permaculture principles focus on thoughtful designs for small-scale intensive systems which are labor efficient and which use biological resources instead of fossil fuels. Designs stress ecological connections and closed energy and material loops. The core of permaculture is design and the working relationships and connections between all things.” – Bill Mollison “Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.” – Bill Mollison “We are Nature Working.” – Masuoba Fukuoka “Permaculture is about saving the planet, living to be 100, while throwing very impressive dinner parties and organizing other creatures to do most of the work!” – Linda Woodrow “Permaculture is the art and science of creating community ecosystems in which plants, animals, and people interact to produce a fecund, ecological system that has the means to support itself indefinitely.” – Marisha Auerbach Perma-Diag

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