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What is Permaculture, is it organic gardening?

Updated: Jun 12, 2022

Well... kind of.

Permaculture is a socioecological movement based on a regenerative design approach that holds hands tightly with agroecology and other ecological design schools of thought. It is a multidisciplinary design system encompassing indigenous and modern knowledge of sustainable agriculture in the attempt to live more harmoniously. The aim is to create systems which mimic nature, and provide us with what we need. If the natural systems are already present, observe and interact in a way that is cooperative with nature.

Some of the important design aspects include: Efficient and passive energy planning, natural building, animal integration, aquaculture, appropriate technology, community development and more. Using a holistic thinking approach, it aims to mimic closed-loop systems as we find in nature.

Yes, Permaculture seems like a bit of a broad mix, but so too are the solutions needed at present. Permaculture wonderfully accepts the fact there are so many variables in nature, and each site should be treated differently to maximise and create energy-efficient systems, perennial polycultures, and a resilient landscape to achieve maximum yield, aiming to use minimum inputs from outside the local community - the community is an integral part in the design also. Would your neighbours be happy about the chicken house near their bedroom?

Permaculture has become a blend of words Permanent, agriculture and culture. To set things on the right path, we are cultivating a more permanent or perennial culture in synergy with agriculture. Without food, we cannot survive, and without stability in the systems which provide us food, a healthy culture is not possible. 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. Does this sound like a good idea?

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