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What is it?

Permaculture is a word originally coined from ‘permanent and agriculture’ by it’s co-creators Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid 1970's to describe an "integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man“.

Another helpful definition of Permaculture is from the Permaculture Research Institute “Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.

Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

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.”

Permaculture designers and practitioners develop a detailed understanding of the functions and processes of natural elements such as plants, animals, microbes, fungi, rocks, water, fire, etc. They understand each of these elements have requirements for habitat, their inputs and outputs and their behaviour. They use this detailed knowledge in a design philosophy of creative integration of these elements to align them so they can benefit each other or inhibit each other, as the designer intends. And, like nature itself, a good Permaculture designer, constantly runs experiments; verifying existing knowledge and gaining new knowledge.

Permaculture masters such as Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton have lead by example through teaching, practice and extensive delivery of practical and permanent aid solutions that have improved many people’s ability to develop the skills and knowledge to provide for themselves solutions for fresh food and water, comfortable shelters and effective sanitation.

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