Permaculture Design

According to Wikipedia, Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design that develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978.

Former resident, and permaculture advocate, Jesse Lemieux states this on this Pacific Permaculture website: “Appropriate at all levels from the home garden to entire regions, permaculture is a rational and scientific design process that bridges the current gap between environmental stewardship and lasting economic prosperity.” Jesse explains permaculture as follows:

Originally conceived as “permanent agriculture” permaculture design is now understood as “permanent culture” and covers the fundamental elements of site analysis, cultural necessities and climate appropriate design patterns for:

  • low energy organic food production
  • sustainable water management
  • alternative energy systems
  • energy efficient house design
  • local food security and sovereignty
  • habitat restoration and land reclamation
  • equitable and sustainable organization
  • disaster preparedness
  • much much more

He offers a number of workshops and courses including programs leading to a Permaculture Design Certificate.

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