What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a philosophy/movement that focuses on the observation and working with nature to design the land to work with us and obtaining resources locally and sustainably. Permaculture has 3 main ethics which are care for the earth, care for the people, and return of surplus to the land and people. Permaculture refers to a "permanent culture", first coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. Permaculture agricultural practices uses a highly bio-diverse ecology to have a wide range of plants and animals.
Google aerial image 2009 to 2017 drone photo of Finca Morpho
- Observe and interact : By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
- Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
- Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
- Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
- Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
- Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
- Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
- Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
- Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
- Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
- Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.
- Always have Fun: Continue to love what you do and bring sacred sillyness into your everyday lives.
Can I Grow a Complete Diet? by Taylor Thornton agroforestry.net(April 2009)
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