What is Permaculture

By , August 31, 2010
Caterpillar of the Old World Swallowtail butterfly on fennel

Caterpillar of the Old World Swallowtail butterfly on fennel

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary applied science of design for sustainable living. It encompasses all aspects of our life, habitat, energy, food production, resilience, human cooperation and symbiosis among all living things on earth. It combines ancient with modern scientific knowledge and technology in order to manifest its ethical basis: care of the earth, care of people, setting limits to consumption and fair share of the surplus.

It was developed in Australia in the 70’s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and the word Permaculture, coined by Mollison, comes from the words “Permanent Agriculture” and “Permanent Culture” because “… without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.”

For a more comprehensive definition, have a look at the webpage What is Permaculture, on the website of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

One Response to “What is Permaculture”

  1. Constantina Litsa says:

    Please contact me by e-mail. I am organising a Permaculture Design Certificate course in Greece for the 4th to 14th March and haven’t yet found the place for it. I would love to be able to communicate with someone with ideas about where to run it. WE could communicate better by e-mail or phone. Have already sent an e-mail to Helena.. Wishing you are interested.
    I am looking forward to have some Permaculture contacts and a small community for support in Greece!

    Thank you!!!

    Constantina Litsa

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