What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design science, a philosophy, and a global social movement. It offers skills, techniques, and strategies for creating human systems, structures, and processes that function like ecosystems; producing no waste, supporting diversity, creating abundance, and healing the broken social and ecological links that are the features of our current global crises.

Permaculture is a set of practices and technologies, that may include ecological gardening for food, medicine and fibre; natural building and sustainable shelter; bioremediation of water, air, and soil; appropriate technology; ecological restoration.

Permaculture is also a set of social processes that enable these ecological practices to function and spread: direct democracy; inclusive community engagement; collaborative governance and land stewardship; food sovereignty; cultural self-determination; emancipatory education; whole-person health and healing; celebration, creativity, and play.

Finally, Permaculture is a movement. This movement recognizes that our global situation requires decisive and immediate action, and that this action cannot come from individuals alone. It must come from communities, and it must be different for every community in every place. Just as each organism plays its part in its system of ecological relationships, our human potential has to be realized through our collectivity, diversity, and the bringing together of our different experiences. The result is the creation of human communities that can meet the diverse needs of all our members in ways that don’t just limit our harm to our habitat, but actively integrate ourselves back into the living systems we have become separated from, and meet our needs in ways that leave our ecologies and ourselves richer, more robust, and more abundant than when we began.

Permaculture is regeneration. Permaculture is diversity. Permaculture is abundance. Permaculture transforms “space” into “place.” Permaculture is whatever we make it, where ever we are rooted.


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