Permaculture edited version
Permaculture is a design approach for developing regenerative sustainable societies. It is based on the patterns of relationships we can observe in nature and is an ethical design that you would find in sustainable societies.
Its co-originator was Bill Mollison and it is acknowledged that much of the knowledge included in permaculture is based on indigenous knowledge from cultures across the world and throughout history.
All the resources we rely on come from the natural ecosystem around us. Many of these are stressed by the way we currently use them. Permaculture uses design to meet the needs of the people while maintaining an environmental quality that supports and enhances the unique biodiversity already in place. Permaculture can also be used in a regenerative way for both landscapes and the communities.
This section on Permaculture will introduce:
What permaculture is and the principles that are behind it.
Why we need permaculture and the opportunities it offers.
At the bottom of the page we have included some questions to help you with your learning and please use the forum to answer the forum questions or to post questions of your own to the community learning with you.
What Are The Principles of Permaculture?
The next video features an internationally-recognized permaculture educator, Geoff Lawton, who is a consultant and practitioner of permaculture.
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren were the first to coin the term permaculture. Their knowledge is widely shared in books and on the internet- click here.
Watch this video and discover the power of permaculture as a way of life:
If you want to learn more here are some recommended books:
Permaculture Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability – David Holmgrem
A Designers’ Manual – Bill Mollison
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture – Toby Hemenway
Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban & Town Resilience – Toby Hemenway
People & Permaculture – Looby Macnamara
Earth Care Manual – Patrick Whitefield
Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture – Rosemary Morrow
Permaculture: A Beginners Guide – Graham Burnett
Permaculture Design: a Step by Step Guide – Aranya
The Permaculture Garden – Graham Bell
Creating a Forest Garden – Martin Crawford
Free PDF books (in Spanish)
Links to Permaculture Learning Opportunities:
Geoff Lawton PDC – Permaculture Design Course
Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Journey Guide
Free course from Oregon State University
Matt Powers Course
Online & offline courses:
Permaculture Association can help you locate opportunities throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Ecuador, India, Palestinian Territory & USA
Prospect Rock Permaculture PDC with Keith Morris in Vermont, USA
Permaculture Groups Around the World:
The Común Tierra Project is a research of sustainable communities in Latin America
Permaculture worldwide Network will let you know what is going on in the world of permaculture
For a network of ecovillages, intentional communities, permaculture farms, social projects and retreat centers click here
Need help? Permaculture Design International helps you get your project running!
A man growing with trees
PermaJam is a music festival that aims to restore the land through cultivating harmony between the land and the people
Permaculture Association support members in Britain, contribute to Permaculture worldwide
Other things you may find interesting to include in your permaculture education:
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
More Information About CSA
Just Food– an organization that trains urban community members to start and manage CSA projects in partnership with their farmers
The dry toilet
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
“Water for People is an international nonprofit working across 9 countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4 million people”
Keep on learning and keep on growing!