About Permaculture

Permaculture is a worldwide community education initiative that provides eco-literacy skills and tools designed to increase communities self-reliance & autonomy, attain food or energy security, and restore natural and cultivated ecosystems.

Permaculture is a science-backed design system that enables the creation or retrofit
of sustainable human communities.

It was developed in the 70s by two Australians: B. Mollison & D. Holmgren. It is now a worldwide strategy to repair mistakes of the past and re-engineer the way society interacts with ecology.

Permaculture’s humble beginnings are rooted in agricultural landscape & social repair. However now, its principles are being to many interconnected fields:

  • food production, including broadacre agriculture,
  • family gardens and community gardens,
  • water harvesting,
  • soil reconstruction,
  • reforestation,
  • energy production,
  • organisational structures,
  • finance & investment,
  • social structures,
  • medicine & retirement.

Objectives

Permaculture seeks to provide for basic human needs (water, food, shelter, heating) without damaging the planet or harming other species. In this way, permaculture can be applied to any site, regardless of size or purpose, be it a farm, a home, a flat, a neighborhood, a city, etc..

A Fundamental Ethical Basis

Earth Care Caring for the environment (water, air, earth, plants, animals, microorganisms, etc.) so that all living systems can continue to exist. Humans depend on these living systems. People Care To ensure that every person has access to the resources needed for their own existence. Encourage cooperation, solidarity and sharing, and preserving the quality of … Continue reading A Fundamental Ethical Basis

Influences

The Australian PA Yeomans introduced in the 1950s the concept of Keyline Design used to passively harvest water on a site and rehydrate the landscape. This approach to design strongly influenced the founders of permaculture. From his work in natural farming, the rather progressive Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of … Continue reading Influences

Who is it for?

Anyone seeking ethical, practical, do-able and sustainable solutions to current and future issues (food security, energy descent, destructive agricultural practices, loss of responsibility, society failure, etc.). Permaculture provides hope and tools. For you. And for the future. Absolutely no prior experience or prior skills are required. Whether you are a primary producer… or a consumer … Continue reading Who is it for?

Some permaculture principles

Permaculture principles are “thinking tools”, that when used together, allow us to creatively re-design our environment and our behaviours in a world of less energy and resources. Observe and interact Capture and store energy Produce a yield Apply self-regulation and accept feedback Use and develop renewable resources and services Not to produce waste Design from … Continue reading Some permaculture principles

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