What the heck is Permaculture?

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

“Permaculture is a design system that reconciles human communities with the ecological imperatives of a living planet.”
Ben Haggard

Here are number of links to organizations that offer Permaculture Design Courses and other ecological awareness education and training.

Terra Nova Permaculture demonstration site tours

Pattern Literacy

EarthFlow Design Works

Urban Permaculture Guild


Regenerative Design Institute


Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

6 thoughts on “What the heck is Permaculture?”

  1. I run into this question what is permaculture? all the time and its easy to give the standard sound byte answer. Then see the glazed look on peoples faces as you explain whole systems design is several sentences. For me Nature is difficult to reduce to a few concepts and after 20 years I feel like I am barely scratching the surface, a very humbling enterprise.

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