What Is Permaculture?
Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature, of creating agricultural systems that are sustainable in the long term and require little maintenance, and that renew the soil rather than deplete it.
There is a fundamental concept in permaculture: to examine and follow nature’s patterns. Permaculture advocates designing human systems based on natural ecosystems.
The term permaculture is a marriage of the two words “permanent” and “agriculture. Although the original focus of permaculture was sustainable food production, the philosophy of permaculture has expanded over time to encompass social systems as well.
It is a dynamic movement that is still evolving, and we like to express the importance of whole growth, for the planet and the person. That’s why we also advocate the integration of spirituality and personal growth into the framework of permaculture. As a system, permaculture restores the natural patterns that have evolved over millions of years. In effect, we are getting back to our roots in the planet and in the concept of community.