“Permaculture  is a sustainable design system stressing the harmonious interrelationship of humans, plants, animals and the Earth. The core of permaculture is design and the working relationships and connections between all things” (Bill Mollison).

Or as David Holmgren once said, permaculture is common sense, which isn’t common anymore.

Permaculture was developed in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Tasmania. It provides a clear framework of ethics and principles which act as a strong checklist for practitioners to make sure you’re on the right track. You can hear David Holmgren provide a great introduction to them in this short youtube clip and listen to Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture talk to Pip Permaculture Magazine about “what is permaculture.”

Good books to read to get a feel for permaculture…

  • Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison
  • Earth Users Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow
  • The Permaculture Home Garden, Linda Woodrow
  • Permaculture Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison
  • Pathways and Principles Beyond Sustainability, David Holmgren
  • One Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka
  • Edible Forest Gardens: VI & II, Dave Jacke
  • Permaculture Design, Aranya

 Image from www.permacultureprinciples.com