By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.
This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.
Permaculture is not exclusive – its principles and practice can be used by anyone, anywhere:
Permaculture encourages us to be resourceful and self-reliant. It is not a dogma or a religion but an ecological design system which helps us find solutions to the many problems facing us – both locally and globally.
Writer Emma Chapman defines it as:
“Permaculture, originally ‘Permanent Agriculture’, is often viewed as a set of gardening techniques, but it has in fact developed into a whole design philosophy, and for some people a philosophy for life. Its central theme is the creation of human systems which provide for human needs, but using many natural elements and drawing inspiration from natural ecosystems. Its goals and priorities coincide with what many people see as the core requirements for sustainability.”
Permaculture tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimise environmental impact at the same time. Its principles are being constantly developed and refined by people throughout the world in very different climates and cultural circumstances.
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Lead photo: Wade Muggleton’s back garden has been designed using permaculture principles. He collects rainwater, uses vertical space for growing food to get the most out of his garden and incorporates a wide range of plants and varieties.
Here are five must-reads:
* Permaculture Magazine
Every issue is packed with inspiring stories and how-to articles. All subscriptions come with FREE digital access to every single past issue.
* Permaculture Design – The ultimate guide to designing with permaculture.
* The Earth Care Manual – A thorough manual to temperate permaculture, from and home and garden to community and farming. A tome of knowledge to take your time over.
* People and Permaculture – The first dedicated book on peoplecare that explores how to use permaculture to restore personal, social and planetary well-being.
* The Minimalist Garden – Growing fruit and vegetables in a minimal and efficient way, minimises waste in time and resources, while improving yields.