What is permaculture?

Permaculture is not just a way of farming, like many might think, but it is a holistic approach to life with humans and nature coexisting together side by side. It teaches how to grow plants and breed animals with minimum impact on the environment, observing and imitating nature and living more sustainably and ecofriendly. Permaculture focuses also on human relationships, connecting neighbors and creating local communities, bringing food closer to consumers and re-using produced waste as much as possible. It integrates the garden and home by creating a lifestyle based on closed cycle where everything is related with each other and contributes to something.

Bill Mollison, who together with David Holmgren founded the permaculture design system and coined the term itself, said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.”

 

For more information about permaculture you can visit for instance the website of Permaculture Research Institute:

http://permaculturenews.org/

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