Well, what is it? Here’s a few descriptions that I have found to help describe it:
A blurb from Wikipedia: Permaculture draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, integrated farming, sustainable development, and applied ecology. “The primary agenda of the movement has been to assist people to become more self reliant through the design and development of productive and sustainable gardens and farms. The design principles which are the conceptual foundation of permaculture were derived from the science of systems ecology and study of pre-industrial examples of sustainable land use.”
And one from Permaculture Principles: Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and design principleswhich can be used to guide efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future.
Also a definition from Permaculture International Journal : Permaculture is a practical concept applicable from the balcony to the farm, from the city to the wilderness. It enables people to establish productive environments providing for food, energy, shelter, material and non-material needs, as well as the social and economic infrastructures which support them. Permaculture means thinking carefully about our environment, our use of resources and how we supply our needs. It aims to create systems that will sustain not only for the present, but for future generations.
Also one from Landscape Innovations in New Zealand: “Permaculture” is derived from the words – Permanent Agriculture – meaning setting up a system or garden that once set in motion will self-regulate. This is usually applied to a garden or small farm that lends itself to creating “self-sustainability”.
And also from High Altitude Permaculture: Permaculture is the art of creating living ecosystems that imitate Nature to provide food, fuel and shelter for humans. With permaculture, it is possible for people to regenerate and enhance the places where they live and work.
I am signed up for a Permaculture Design Certification Course through High Altitude Permaculture in Salida, Colorado beginning October 6, 2012. It will last 8 months, the first weekend of each month, October through May. And the more I learn, the more I’ll share with you about my experiences of this training. It seems I’ve been loosely on this path since I was a teenager, though I veered off the path a few times. And I believe it’s all coming together now!
So why? Well, I strongly and passionately believe that we can become more self-sufficient and sustainable and can also help others to become so as well. Doesn’t matter where you live and how small of a place you have. I also feel it helps to bring the community together and in doing so we can teach others to help themselves. Being passionate about Nature, I am always trying to learn and adapt better ways of being more in harmony.
So, stay tuned for more beginning in October!