What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is the practice and theory of building sustainable agricultural and human systems based on patterns in nature. Through Permaculture, we learn essential skills that help us design a way of life that is in harmony with the natural world, including:
- organic, regenerative farming & gardening
- soil health, clean water and air
- support of local food production and consumption
- renewable energy in lieu of dependence on fossil fuels
- water catchment & conservation
- biodiversity for environmental health
- natural building systems
I am an organic farmer/gardener. What can Permaculture do for me?
Many organic farmers have employed core Permaculture practices such as:
- using cover crops as green manures
- seed saving
- using animal manure and plant material in compost
- No-till practices where applicable
- practicing farm diversification and increasing value-added products
Permaculture is interdisciplinary… it lies between methods and practices… it is not a farming system itself. (For more detail see “Permaculture & the Organic Farmer”)
Who “invented” it?
The word “Permaculture” and philosophies behind it were first shared about forty years ago in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. However, many of these practices were followed by our early ancestors. Also, other practitioners—such as Sepp Holzer in Austria—simply came to this approach on their own through trial and error, because it’s practical and it works. Permaculture is now taught and practiced extensively throughout the world.
How do I learn more about Permaculture?
- Workshops, Books and the Internet
- Permaculture Design Courses
- Community Groups such as the Seacoast Permaculture Meetup Group and the Central New Hampshire Permaculture Meetup Group
People inspired by this exploration manifest a vision of bounty and ecological balance in their gardens, homes, workplaces, and communities. Their work fosters a growing understanding of nature’s patterns and generates models of sustainable living – always with the goal of achieving maximum productivity with minimal labor and other inputs. (www.regenerativedesign.org/)