This forum exists for individuals and groups interested in the study and practice of permaculture.
It will be a useful resource for consultants, designers, writers and teachers of this discipline,
conceived and stewarded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and enhanced by a growing global community, offering their knowledge, skills and experience.
An introduction to permaculture might involve educating and energizing those who want to provide for themselves and live sensibly, sustainably and renewably using systems that regenerate themselves. We should grow as much of our own food as possible and help provide for others seeking high quality nutrition through donation, sales, barter, food hub and consumer and marketing coop. A society's worth can be measured by how well it takes care of those in need and those who can not take care of themselves. This is the essence of the permaculture third ethic.
Natural biointensive gardening and permaculture, activities that generate interest easily and fill a need, go hand in hand and provide a starting point in learning. Permaculture will prove to be a useful resource, offering gardening, homesteading, agroforestry, farming and renewable energy knowledge and methods as a means of achieving good health, self-sufficiency and independence. It can be practiced actively at home, throughout communities and bioregions by offering design tools for the creation and maintenance of ecologically-oriented land use systems comprised of integrated elements for synergy, sustainability, regeneration and enhanced nature-compatible human habitat. Integrating permaculture into one's lifestyle can lead the way to self sufficiency, independence, robust health and well-being, effective medical self-help, personal sovereignty and active participation in all categories of local networking, community building, renewable energy, water conservation and land stewardship projects.
United States Permaculture Directory
Wikipedia permaculture entry:
"Permaculture is a design system which aims to create sustainable
human habitats by following nature's patterns."
Definitions of Permaculture
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Fukuoka san's comment in an interview where Fukuoka san, Bill Mollison and Wes Jackson were present:
"The confusion started when humans ate the Fruit of Knowledge. Adam and Eve were thrown away from the Garden of Eden.
The only way to get back is to throw away the knowledge! Just become foolish like a bird or baby."
Justin Kenrick The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy, Arran Stibbe.
Supported by University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts: Sustainability Network.
"Commons Thinking: the ability to envisage and enable a viable futur through connected action,"
Justin Kenrick, University of Glasgow, and PEDAL Portobello Transition Town
"What is Commons Thinking?
The Commons are life-sustaining or life-enhancing resources and services that have not
been divided up and assigned a monetary value in the global economy but instead are shared
freely among members of a community or group. They range from the air we breath, pollination
provided by bees, land that provides food for gathering and sharing rather than selling,
to words of comfort given freely and willingly rather than at an hourly rate.
Pitted against the Commons, however, are the forces of Enclosure, which attempt
to appropriate, own and sell resources that were once freely accessible, often breaking
up communities and displacing people in the process. Commons regimes are communities
which resist these forces and meet people's needs primarily or significantly through the
Commons rather than through monetary exchange, existing both in the forests of the Amazon
and in the last remaining tight-knit local communities in cities around the world...
This chapter aims to describe one important skill for rebuilding political, community and
Click for pdf download of the full chapter 'Commons Thinking' from the
Handbook for Sustainability Literacy
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ecolandtech: designing ecological land use systems with integrated elements for synergy, sustainability,
regeneration and enhanced nature-compatible human habitat
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