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What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design science. Simply put, it's the study of creating regenerative living systems. This is done by examining how nature already functions.

A forest does not require humans to truck in huge loads of fertilizer and pesticides for it to sustain itself. Forests have existed for millennia in a perpetual process of regeneration -- constantly recycling their nutrients and automatically replanting new life.

How do they do this? And how is it that our "modern" systems of agriculture not only fail to be this sustainable, but actually succeed in polluting the environment?

Usually, when the term "Permaculture" is used, it refers to sustainable agriculture and landscape design -- however these same concepts can be expanded to include community and socio-economic systems, as explored in the writings of David Holmgren, ecologist and permaculture co-originator.

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Why it's so important...

Permaculture is a growing movement. Since its inception in the 1970's, it has spread throughout the world. As more and more people learn the art of creating sustainable ecosystems, the more effective we can be in shifting the tide of global warming and ecological destruction.

Permaculture has already had its string of truly miraculous stories. Take the work of Geoff Lawton, an Australian permaculturist. He was asked to regenerate one of the most desolate areas of the planet -- the Dead Sea. The area he was asked to revive had been over-farmed and heavily sprayed with pesticides for many years. Within six months, the results of utilizing permaculture principles were
truly extraordinary .

How do I learn more?

First off, I would suggest watching a number of the
videos on this site. The initial videos cover a general overview of permaculture, and the later videos go more into specific permaculture techniques.

I've also listed a number of
good books to start with.

However, the best way to immerse yourself in the subject is by taking a permaculture course or visiting a permaculture farm.


The permaculture movement was started by
Bill Mollison and David Holmgen. The word is derived from the combination of two words: permanent agriculture.