Permaculture is a design science aimed at creating regenerative systems for human habitat. Permaculture can be implemented on small scale and broad scale sites, in either urban, suburban or rural settings. A Permaculture approach to habitat design can go beyond ecological sustainability, because it allows to aim for rehabilitation of ecosystems.
Promoting biodiversity is an important part of our approach, although it is rather the amount of beneficial connections between species that benefits ecosystems than just the amount of species present.
Permaculture is based in ethics:
- Earth care
- People care
- Return of surplus, also referred to as future care, or fair share
Permaculture is often confused with applying specific practices, for example composting, or water management. Although these practices have a place within the Permaculture approach, they are not the same thing. Permaculture is the designing of the human habitat in an efficient way after a thorough analysis of the terrain, the available resources, the desired use of the property, the energy flows (like wind -cooling, heating, fire risks- and water -floodrisk, irrigation options, soil hydration etc-) and other factors. As such Permaculture is more of a framework, or a method of analysis, that allows for an efficient use of specific practices which have to be in accordance with the three Permaculture ethics.
A lot has been written on Permaculture and the amount of information, ideas and discussions is constantly increasing. You can check out the links below.
What is Permaculture:
- Permaculture forums – http://permies.com
- Geoff Lawton (our teacher) – http://www.geofflawtononline.com
- Permaculture Research Institute – http://permaculturenews.org