Permaculture is about working with nature to make a better world for us all. By studying patterns in the natural world, we can derive for ourselves a set of guiding principles. These guide the development of integrated systems to provide for our needs of food, shelter, energy and community in ways that are healthy, efficient and sustainable.
Permaculture also has an ethical basis:
- Earth care – enabling all life systems to continue and increase.
- People care – enabling access to the resources people need for a good quality of life.
- Fair share – voluntary limits to population and consumption; to share resources for Earth care and People care.
Permaculture is a way of designing systems, to maximise yields using the least effort. While it can be creatively used to design almost anything that we do, it is at present most commonly applied to food production. Our current farming systems are very energy-intensive, either through the use of heavy machinery, fossil fuels, chemicals or manual labour. Not only are these unsustainable in energy terms, they are also rapidly degrading our soils and in turn the nutritional value of the food that we grow in them.
Permaculture Design Courses
- Aranya Gardens: www.aranyagardens.co.uk
- Patrick Whitefield Associates, 01458 832317, email@example.com
- For a list of courses: www.permaculture-magazine.co.uk and www.spiralseed.co.uk