Mar 25/2010
Permaculture – What is it?

Permaculture - Growing it Naturally

Permaculture - Growing it Naturally

Permaculture is a word I am beginning to throw around in casual conversation with friends these days. Mostly I am asked, “what exactly does that mean”. I have gone to the short “permanent (agri)culture” when pressed for time or a very long winded explanation extracted from all my various readings. We are currently poring over the Guide to Home Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
and he describes permaculture in so many eloquent and complete ways…I will quote him (with thanks) below:

Permaculture is a set of techniques and principles for designing sustainable human settlements. Permaculture’s vision is of people participating in and benefiting from an abundant nurturing natural world. In the most simple terms – gardens that work with nature…ecological gardens. The goal of permaculture is to meld the best features of wildlife gardens, edible landscapes and conventional flower and vegetable gardens. The word, a contraction of both “permanent culture” and “permanent agriculture” was coined by Bill Mollison, a one time forester, schoolteacher, trapper and field naturalist and one of his students, David Holmgren.

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