Today is International Permaculture Day.
So here goes for you a definition from Bill Morrison, the cofounder of the movement with David Holmgreen (and the one who invented the word “permaculture” in 1978):
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. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.
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; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.
For more information: http://permacultureprinciples.com/
The Permaculture Research Institute (Geoff Lawton, Australia): http://permaculturenews.org/
Post created by Ilaria Capra