Permaculture

Meet human needs and increase ecosystem health.

Permaculture is a design science that weaves together all the elements of sustainability. Organic agriculture, renewable energy, green architecture, natural building, biomimicry, ecological engineering, biodynamics, triple-bottom line accounting, and more are combined to provide 100% sustainability in any climate, anywhere in the world.

Permaculture recognizes that with the current state of the planet we need to go beyond sustainability toward increasing ecological and social health. Emerging out of Australia in the 1970’s, co-originators Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term “permaculture” and started a global movement.

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 homes, farms, and landscapes around the world. 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 integrates multiple design elements including but not limited to perennial and annual food production, livestock, composting, rainwater catchment, renewable energy, responsible waste treatment, straw bale homes, and more.

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