Permaculture is a holistic approach to design, inspired by studying natural ecosystems. This type of design sets itself apart by consciously selecting elements that benefit each other, through proximity or function. Design elements typically serve multiple functions, minimize resource use and maximize production. The term “permaculture’ refers to permanent agriculture. Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren are attributed to coining the term in the late 70’s. Their work laid much the groundwork for the Permaculture movement.
Today permaculture is a part of the call and response to cultivating personal responsibility for resource use, creating community and building resilience into our lives and landscapes. Permaculture pulls from many resources, including indigenous land wisdoms, organic agriculture, scientific knowledge, technological advances, and human creativity.
Incorporating permaculture design into gardens and communities is empowering and fun!