What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a proven opportunity to change the way in which we live so that our lives become enriched and we stop harming the planet and the lives of others.

The concept of Permaculture was founded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid 1970’s.  Mollison defines Permaculture as “a design system for creating sustainable human environments.”  David Holmgren’s definition says permaculture is “Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food fiber, and energy for provision of local needs.

Permaculture transcends all aspects of a human life and is fully interdisciplinary as a study however our company focuses primarily on the design of  urban food systems.   This can and often does involve vegetable gardens in a somewhat traditional sense but we focus more on diversity of useful perennial and woody plants and the connections between all things.   A permaculturally designed landscape will use systems to capitalize on the trophic relationships between plants, animals, fungi, and microbes in order to yield more usable energy than is used up in the building and maintaining of the landscape.

So what do the humans do other than design?  We eat fruit, mushrooms, fish, berries, chickens, eggs, nuts and whatever else we can produce and harvest.  We watch the dynamics of  an ecosystem in all of its beauty.  We share our excess and our knowledge.  Yes there is some initial work to get the systems functioning but ultimately the system will do its thing with very little human intervention.