There are many definitions of permaculture. Here are some of our favourites:
"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system." - Bill Mollison
"Permaculture is a holistic approach to landscape design and human culture. It is an attempt to integrate several disciplines, including biology, ecology, geography, agriculture, architecture, appropriate technology, gardening and community building."
Guy Baldwin, Cortez Is, BC
"Permaculture gives you more of what you want." - 8 Year Year Old Girl (shared with us by Javan Bernakavitch)
"Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way." Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way
Hugelkultur is a german word meaning mound culture.
Unlike most raised beds, hugels increase in fertility each year and require less watering, in many instances they actually become drought proof.
Hugels create mini microclimates to support a variety of crop types and niche habitats for benficial insects for pollination and pest control.
Food Forestry mimics a forest by planting in multiple layers. In a food forest, the canopy trees, understory trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous layer, groundcovers, and root layers are planted with edible and medicinal species. All the plants work together to meet each others needs. Like natural forests, food forests provide their own fertilizer, mulch, and harvest water naturally through proper species selection and site planning.
Our climate can grow some of the tastiest, healthiest and most medicinal foods on Earth. These include Kiwi Fruit, Goji Berries, Hazelnuts, Quinoa, Sea Buckthorn, Schizandra Berries, and so much more.
Using the patterns in nature, we are able to create an edible paradise together. Call us to discuss design details and options!
Accelerated production and reduced inputs.
Aquaponics cycles fish waste from aquaculture and uses it as fertilizer for fruits and veggies.
These systems can create some of the most nutrient dense local fish and produce with zero waste.
We offer several solutions to deal with kitchen and yard "waste"
Types of Composting:
Vermicomposting - feed kitchen scraps to worms to create arguably the absolute best plant food available
Black Soldier Fly Larvae - Prolific, Nutrient Dense Animal Feed
Hugelkultur - use your yard waste to build highly productive garden beds
3 Bin Compost Systems - commonly used because they work
There are a number of ingenious ways to generate more of our own energy locally while learning ways to cut back without losing out.
The Permaculture Ethics
The ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies.
Permaculture ethics are distilled from research into community ethics, learning from cultures that have existed in relative balance with their environment for much longer than more recent civilisations. This does not mean that we should ignore the great teachings of modern times, but in the transition to a sustainable future, we need to consider values and concepts outside the current social norm.
A fourth ethic of Transition reminds us to be compassionate with ourselves and others in our quest to live in alignment with the Earth, and to remember that we are always in a state of constant change.
The Permaculture Design Princples
The foundations of permaculture are the ethics (centre) which guide the use of the 12 design principles, ensuring that they are used in appropriate ways.
These principles are seen as universal, although the methods used to express them will vary greatly according to the place and situation. They are applicable to our personal, economic, social and political reorganisation.
The Principles Are:
Observe & Interact, Catch & Store Energy, Obtain A Yield, Apply Regulation & Accept Feedback, Use & Value Renewable Resources, Produce No Waste, Design From Patterns To Details, Integrate Rather Than Segregate, Use Small & Slow Solutions, Use & Value Diversity, Use Edges & Value The Marginal, and Creatively Use & Respond To Change.
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The Permaculture Flower
The permaculture journey begins with the ethics and design principles. We apply this thinking to the seven different domains required to create a sustainable culture. The evolutionary spiral path connects these domains, initially at a personal and local level, and then proceeds to the collective and global level.
The seven domains include Land & Nature Stewardship, Building, Tools & Technology, Education & Culture, Health & Spiritual Well-Being, Finances & Economics, and Land Tenure & Community Governance.
Click this link for more information about the Permaculture Flower and for examples of the specific fields, design systems and solutions that have been associated with the wider view of permaculture.