The definition of Permaculture given by Bill Mollison in his book 'Permaculture A Designers' Manual
“Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.
Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.
The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature.”
- Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living.
- It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.
This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.
By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.
Permanence is not about everything staying the same. It is about stability, about deepening soils and cleaner water, thriving communities in self-reliant regions, biodiverse agriculture, and social justice, peace and abundance.
Permaculture encourages us to be resourceful and self-reliant and its principles and practice can be used by everyone, everywhere:
- City flats, yards and window boxes
- Suburban and country houses/garden
- Allotments and smallholdings
- Community spaces
- Farms and estates
- Countryside and conservation areas
- Commercial and industrial premises
- Educational establishments
- Waste ground
Incorporating Permaculture principles and designs into your own space results in you having more food security and resiliance against the problems that are occurring in the world; especially in terms of climate instability and politcal uncertainty (what is happening to our food standards?).
Perennial varieties of plants are more resiliant, as established plants are hardier and less liable to fail than tender young new plants. Your soil is regenerated naturally, as leaves and foliage shed from perennial plants breaks down and decomposes into fertiliser; as this happens, year on year, your soil becomes deeper. If you grow healthy food then when you eat that food you too are healthy.
You create an ecologically sound way of living and become part of the solution to environmental problems, creating an ecosystem that is not only beneficial to you but benenficial to the natural world as well; not a part of the problem.