Friday, May 16, 2008

What is permaculture and why should you care?

Permaculture is
  • Care of the Earth
  • Care of People
  • Setting limits to population and consumption
  • Reinvesting surplus back into the system
Those are Penny Livingston-Stark's words, not mine. She's talking about the basic tenets of permaculture, and in this video by globaloneness she shows how agriculture is perhaps the easiest way for us to begin to adapt the concepts of permaculture into our lives. Take a look.

David Holmgren and Bill Mollison developed the concept of permaculture in Australia in the Seventies. Mollison says the term permaculture is a marriage of two words: permanent culture. By observing and imitating natural systems, say Mollison and Holmgren, we can better establish a working partnership with nature that ensures the longevity of our species. Rather than the slash and burn, pillage and exploit, tear down and rebuild strategy of the past three centuries, permaculture shows us how to live in abundance without destroying our world.

Want to see how it works? Check out Crystal Waters Permaculture Village and Earthaven Ecovillage. These people have been living in an Ordinary village for decades. They show the rest of us how.

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