Permaculture is a design science that weaves together all the elements of sustainability; growing food, renewable energy, natural building etc. so that human needs are met while regenerating the health of the land at the same time.
Permaculture recognizes that with our current state of the planet we need to go beyond sustainability toward increasing ecological health. Emerging out of Australia in the 1970’s co-originators Bill Mollison and David Holmgren put a name to something that was indeed ancient.
Mollison and Holmgren’s Permaculture principles arose out of long and thoughtful observation of nature, something that had been done by native people throughout the world for thousands of years. With the use of these principles, permaculture designers seek to “close the loops” on home, farm and larger institutional sites. The goal is to have as little as possible leaving the site and as much as possible being generated on-site. Effective permaculture systems design ideally involves a number of elements including but not limited to perennial and annual food production, livestock, composting, rainwater catchment, renewable energy, responsible waste treatment, straw bale homes etc.
AppleSeed Permaculture uses an integrative design process. We support you to transform your home, workplace and community projects into thriving, eco-regeneration hot spots.
Permaculture 101 with Penny Livingston-Stark