What Is Permaculture

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“Everything Gardens” ~ Bill Mollison

Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies. Its co-founder, Bill Mollison, coined the term by combining the words permanent and agriculture/culture.  Geoff Lawton, the grandson of permaculture, elaborates by adding that permaculture’s philosophical foundation is based in ethics which define positive design requirements for landscape and society that lead to abundance. The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature.

How is Permaculture different than organic gardening?

Permacutlure is a lot more than organic gardening. Permaculture design takes the entire “system” of our environment – the landscape, our homes, humans, nature, weather, animals, plants, etc. – into account to create a truly sustainable and healthy model of living.

Organic gardening, and with ALL types of farming, nutrients are depleted with every harvested row.  Permaculture seeks to mimic nature and close the nutrient loop creating a landscape where outside sources of fertility are needed.

There are three simple, yet profound, founding principles of permaculture:  Earth Care, People Care, and Sharing the Surplus.

Learn more about permaculture is from  PRI.

Who benefits from Permaculture?

The easy answer is everyone.  But not everyone is ready for it.  What I mean is there comes a point in your life when you feel a shift in awareness. That feeling that you can, and need to, do more to repair your piece of this planet.  I work with environmentally conscious people who want to take their personal sustainability to the next level and are not sure where to start. If you are ready to craft your landscape to be regenerative and abundant, I create customized landscape designs utilizing permaculture principles.