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Basic facts about permaculture

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Permaculture

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Permaculture is such a complex term and for most people it is hard to comprehend all the areas that are covered with this elaborate system, since it is found in agriculture, construction and ecological building, and even technology, education and economics. However, it can be said that permaculture is a system of design principles that are focused on replicating or mimicking patterns and features found in nature, in order to protect the planet and have a self-sustainable ecosystem.

The actual term permaculture was coined in 1978 in Australia, when a college professor (Bill Mollison) with his graduate student (David Holmgren) created the elaborate system of ideas and principles, and published a book named Permaculture One. This is considered as the founding moment of the new system, although organic farming and eco-movements existed for a long time (even from the start of 1900s). Permaculture was heavily influenced by works of some of those pioneers of natural farming and sustainable living, including Masanobu Fukuoka, P.A. Yeomans, Rudolf Steiner, Lady Eve Balfour and others.

beautiful-green-environmentImagined as a form of beliefs and set of codes, permaculture is focused on achieving the maximum level on connectivity and coherence between humans and landscape, creating sustainable, environmentally sane areas through mutual activity and interrelationship of people, plants and animals. This is divided into three main ethical rules, or tenets:

  • Care for the Earth: taking care of all system on the planets is essential for our survival also, since without a healthy “home” we cannot flourish either.
  • Care for the people: providing people with resources is detrimental for their active and prosperous life, and therefore humans have to cooperate in order to have the best possible results.
  • FairShare: or return of the surplus, is the idea that resources can only be saved if we use exactly how much we need, and never more than that.

Permaculture farming is based on those ideas, but its overall message is focused on coherence of elements and the resulting synergy, and never on factors being isolated or working on their own. This may sound as the mantra from the Borg community, but things are not so intense and in this system everyone is encouraged to preserve his or her personality, even though it looks like the “resistance is futile” and that we all need to be together on this one. Saving our planet means saving ourselves, and only if the sum of its parts are together can the whole become even stronger.


Permaculture In 3 Minutes – Regenerative Leadership Institute from RegenerativeLeadership Institute on Vimeo.

There are various projects around the world that support the principles and ideas of permaculture, but one of the most popular nowadays is the “Regenerative Leadership Institute”, whose founder and CEO – Vladislav Davidzon, created a design school with slightly revolutionized approach to permaculture courses. He introduced pragmatism and total immersion in nature, and this Institute nowadays provides free online program for all interested clients. Combination of technology and eco-activism is something that future is demanding from us, and sooner we wake up and start doing something for ourselves and the nature, can we expect better days for our children.

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