What is Permaculture?

According to Wikipedia...

"Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and perennial agricultural systems that mimic the relationships found in the natural ecologies. It was first developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and their associates during the 1970s in a series of publications. The word permaculture is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture, as well as permanent culture.

Permaculture design principles extend from the position that "The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children" (Mollison, 1990). The intent was that, by rapidly training individuals in a core set of design principles, those individuals could design their own environments and build increasingly self-sufficient human settlements — ones that reduce society's reliance on industrial systems of production and distribution that Mollison identified as fundamentally and systematically destroying Earth's ecosystems."

Basically, it's using your land the best way possible... one area, one plant, one animal, etc. ... all complimenting and assisting the others. This is actually, from what I understand, the best way to get the most out of your space. Generally organic. Pesticide- and herbicide-free. And if you like your garden in neat little rows with plenty of space and lawn in between, regular gardening / farming might be a better idea for you.

This is a topic that really interests me so I'll be doing some research and providing articles here as I learn! Meanwhile, if you have experience with permaculture, please feel free to leave a comment to this post as to what's the best or worst part of permaculture, and how much land you have. Thanks! Vikki

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