Permaculture is a branch of ecological engineering and environmental design that seeks to develop sustainable architecture and self-maintaining agricultural systems by modeling them after natural ecosystems. The term, first coined in 1978, originally referred to “permanent agriculture” but was expanded to stand also for “permanent culture,” as it was seen that social aspects are integral to a sustainable system.
“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
– Bill Mollison
It is an ancient, yet cutting-edge technology. Planting a permaculture garden is a viable ecological design strategy suitable for anyone’s backyard- or front yard, rooftop, or community garden. Instead of relying on backbreaking work, fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, permaculture emulates natural ecosystems to reduce the amount of work for the gardener and increase the amount of food from the garden. Each week we are going to explore helpful tips and information about PERMACULTURE and how you can integrate it into your life and your yard.
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