[permaculture] Thoughts on PDCs - Was US National Permaculture Conference (lengthy post)

Mitch Triplett mtriplett at bctonline.com
Sat Dec 12 11:06:16 EST 2009

Also from the ATTRA site that Lawrence cited
(http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/perma.html#practical) - 

"Since permaculture is not a production system, per se, but rather a land
use and community planning philosophy, it is not limited to a specific
method of production. Furthermore, as permaculture principles may be adapted
to farms or villages worldwide, it is site specific and therefore amenable
to locally adapted techniques of production."

Permaculturists are products - as are apples, dollars or city governments.
And as the production of apples, dollars or city governments are not limited
to any "specific method of production" (ie, biodynamic, a CSA, a
council-manager structure), production of permaculturists should not be
limited to PDCs.  Here's to growing pains.


Mitch Triplett
Tri-Pearl Family Forest
Associate Member - FSC

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[mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Lawrence F.
London, Jr.
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 1:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [permaculture] Thoughts on PDCs - Was US National Permaculture
Conference (lengthy post)

Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:

> http://www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org/livinglovingly.pdf
> In this document he talks about edge zones, 

More on edge zones from Lee Barnes, a NC resident and Permaculture 
teacher, from the Permaculture FAQ at ATTRA written by Steve Diver:

Introduction to Permaculture: Concepts and Resources

Year: 2002

3. From Lee Barnes (former editor of Katuah Journal and Permaculture 
Connections), Waynesville, North Carolina:

Permaculture (PERMAnent agriCULTURE or PERMAnent CULTURE) is a 
sustainable design system stressing the harmonious interrelationship of 
humans, plants, animals and the Earth.

To paraphrase the founder of permaculture, designer Bill Mollison:

Permaculture principles focus on thoughtful designs for small-scale 
intensive systems which are labor efficient and which use biological 
resources instead of fossil fuels. Designs stress ecological connections 
and closed energy and material loops. The core of permaculture is design 
and the working relationships and connections between all things. Each 
component in a system performs multiple functions, and each function is 
supported by many elements. Key to efficient design is observation and 
replication of natural ecosystems, where designers maximize diversity 
with polycultures, stress efficient energy planning for houses and 
settlement, using and accelerating natural plant succession, and 
increasing the highly productive "edge-zones" within the system.


This is why one needs a PD course with a good instructor or group of 
instructors, to open the door to the millions of creative possibilities 
implied in the statement above by Bill Mollison. Can you accomplish this 
without a course? Some surely can, some might not. It is sure that many, 
new to permaculture, who sign on to a course will experience this right 
away, and many of these people may go on to teach others, sharing their 
valuable experience, expanding the global permaculture community
and enriching its shared knowledgebase.

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