“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.”
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