Permaculture is the conscious design of human systems that work with, rather than against, the power of the natural world, to increase abundance for all living things. It is based on a specific set of principles and tools, and draws from both modern science and the successful practices and wisdom of indigenous peoples. It uses local resources wherever possible, to solve local problems.
Permaculture embraces all aspects of human interaction. When we design human systems consciously and holistically, every aspect becomes more sustainable, healthier and more responsive to the needs of individuals within that system.
Permaculture offers practical solutions to global environmental, economic and cultural crises we now face, through the use of regenerative design tools and principles.
Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labor; & of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.
Permaculture is the study of the design of those sustainable or enduring systems that support human society, both agricultural & intellectual, traditional & scientific, architectural, financial & legal. It is the study of integrated systems, for the purpose of better design & application of such systems.
Permaculture uses the energies of wind, sun, water, soil & the myriad biological processes of the world’s organisms. Used appropriately, these energies reclaim soils. Forest, prairie, & river systems regenerate. Waste products are minimal & reused. Human communities provide for their own needs in small, efficient farms & gardens, allowing the broad landscape to return to health.
Permaculture is a trademarked word, owned as a common trademark by the Permaculture Institutes & their graduates. Derived from ‘Permanent’ and ‘Culture’, as follows:
Permanent: From the Latin permanens, to remain to the end, to persist throughout (per = through, manere = to continue)
Culture: From the Latin cultura - cultivation of land, or the intellect. Now generalized to mean all those habits, beliefs, or activities that sustain human societies.