Permaculture - a brief explanation.

Permaculture as a design system for sustainable living was first developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late 1970's.

The name was originally created from 'Permanent Agriculture' but has since been more associated with 'Permanent Culture' as the system has developed and broadened.

It is a design system and as such needs to be applied to all elements of your life, from the land to the buildings and also as to how you create your income and manage your personal relationships.

The main principles, taken from the book 'Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainabilty, by David Holmgren' are:

  • Observe and interact
  • Catch and store energy
  • Obtain a yield
  • Apply self-regulation and accept Feedback
  • Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
  • Produce no waste
  • Design from patterns to details
  • Integrate rather than segregate
  • Use small and slow solutions
  • Use and value diversity
  • Use Edges and value the marginal
  • Creatively Use and Respond to change
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