What is Permaculture?

What is permaculture?

Permaculture is causing a bit of a stir lately, with so much emphasis on sustainability and renewable energy, people from all walks of life are looking for ways to either contribute or take positive action to do their bit and become self-sufficient.

Permaculture was developed back in the 70’s by a chap named Bill Mollison, who later teamed up with David Holmgren, you could say they are the father’s of Permaculture!

Bill created an agricultural concept that utilises only the resources available within nature and the environment to produce regenerative food supplies. He also demonstrated that self-sufficiency could be sustainably achieved in small spaces almost anywhere in the world.

Using a set of ethics and principles he managed to produce a system that really works, and if we all adhered to permaculture designs that use these principles, created by permaculture designers (those who’ve undergone intensive training and research to obtain their PDC – Permaculture Design Certificate) we could all live self-sufficiency, either as a community or on our own land.

The system itself is a complete blueprint design that lays out every process required for us to live a comfortable existence without putting any strain on nature or the already stretched commercial resources.

From heating, building a home, power, growing food, water catchment, soil recovery, to working with nature in a symbiotic relationship, where we provide for nature and it provides for us.

The concept grew into an exciting opportunity for almost any area of land on the planet, especially those in remote areas and areas where famine, food shortages and hunger is a concern. By doing so we reduce the burden we have on our planet and let nature recover and at the same time we tap into those resources without causing any damage or ill affects.

For example, you must be aware of the difficulty it has been recently obtaining fresh eggs. Partly being blamed on bird flu, but also being blamed on supply issues. However, having spoken to a few farmers, we understand its more to do with the cost of sale and a battle currently ongoing between supermarket buyers and some farmers over the low cost they are only willing to pay, despite the huge rise in shelf prices.

With this in mind, and if space and conditions allowed, keeping your own birds/chickens would eradicate the dependency on commercially sourced eggs.

Other aspects of Permaculture demonstrate how efficient water catchment can be, instead of letting water run off the land, we implement strategies to retain it in the soil building up the aquifer. During warmer periods or periods of drought the water continues to provide for the plants. This is easily done using swales, trenches, etc.

Water can also be stored for washing, drinking, cleaning and flushing toilets, instead of using the main water supply, heavily laden with chemicals and fluoride in most places to allow it to be drinkable.

This is why permaculture is so exciting and more people are integrating it into their lives, its not just about saving water or recovering soil, or even using nature as pet control, its a lifestyle that promotes peace, tranquillity, good health and self-sufficiency.

Permaculture is a community, a proven system, sustainable solutions and an opportunity for us to provide regenerative food on an environmentally friendly scale rarely seen in the modern world.

We have to reconnect with nature. When we do, we open up endless possibilities for successful food production on an individual or community scale with the ability to have food left over.

Permaculture does not support greed or the ability to make money from hardship, it promotes balance, equality with nature and each other.

Permaculture is now practiced by millions worldwide. You can, get involved either by learning, by having a design created for your needs, or by having a consultation.

No chemicals, no dig, low maintenance, lots of food!

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