Permaculture

Permaculture Now! was created to promote and support permaculture education and design around the world based on the ethics of:

CARE FOR THE EARTH:
  • Protect and create wildlife niche and habitat
  • Increase biodiversity
  • Protect watersheds
CARE FOR PEOPLE:
  • Teach and use sustainable design
  • Increase agrobiodiversity
  • Strengthen and enliven local culture
  • Create thriving local economies
  • Value indigenous knowledge
DISTRIBUTE THE SURPLUS:
  • Share seeds and plants
  • Share harvest
  • Share knowledge and skills

"What permaculturists are doing is the most important activity that any group is doing on the planet. We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical groups that are doing that."

  -- Dr. David Suzuki
   biologist, geneticist, broadcaster & international environmental advocate

Permaculture (permanent agriculture, leading to permanent culture) in its simplest form is a design methodology to help us realize more sustainable human communities.

How do we acquire the skills we need to "indigenize" to the places we live? How do we bring into our communities the diversity of skills needed to have thriving local economies? How do we live in our towns and cities and not continue to damage ecosystems around us? And how do we become "ecoliterate", that is, know, understand, and belong in our environments?

Design for human habitat that satisfies food, housing, energy, education, health, creative human outlets, biodiversity, clean water, and a resilient, diverse, local economic base is quite specific to people and place. This is certainly the key to the success of permaculture around the world. As Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture recently wrote, "Permaculture isn't culture-changing, it's culture-enhancing."

Permaculture is the most comprehensive and wholistic design approach being taught on the planet. It holds a reverent appreciation for nature, and strives to empower people to connect to the ecosystem in which they live, understanding that we are necessary and active members in that community of people, plants, animals, fungi, water, and air.

An ethical design system for creating human environments that are ecologically sound and economically viable, permaculture integrates innovative science in to the conscious development of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

A thriving and rapidly growing international grassroots movement, permaculture is being taught and practiced in every country on the planet, in both rural and urban environments. It is inspiring a new generation of visionary and capable leaders among our emerging sustainable cultures.

For an in-depth look at permaculture definitions, history, and resources, please visit: http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/perma.html

"Permaculture principles are now being adapted to all systems and disciplines that human settlement requires. Architects, planners, farmers, economists, social scientists, as well as students, homeowners and gardeners can utilize the principles of Permaculture Design."
    -- Larry Santoyo