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What Is Permaculture?

The word permaculture is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture, as well as permanent culture. It is an approach to designing human community systems by learning from the processes observed in nature. The concept of permaculture was first developed in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970's. The intent was to create a core set of design principles that would allow individuals everywhere to design their own environments and build increasingly self-sufficient human settlements — ones that reduce society's dependance on industrial systems of production and distribution that Mollison identified as fundamentally and systematically destroying the earth and polluting our food and water sources.

Permaculture is agriculture like nature does it. It is conscienscious living. It is meeting our human needs without neglecting those of mother earth. It is thinking carefully about our environment, our use of resources and how we supply our needs. It aims to create systems that will sustain us not only for the present, but for future generations. It is creating fertile, holistically integrated agricultural systems and settlment cultures that provide for people's needs for healthy living at all levels: physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual.

Permaculture is such a practical concept that it is applied today in the roof garden and in the farm, in the city and in the countryside. Today's ecovillages and intentional communities worldwide are established around this idea.

 

 

 

 

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