The word permaculture means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some it is a system of gardening, for others it is a holistic way of looking at the world, for many more of course it currently means nothing at all. Defining permaculture is notoriously difficult but in these pages we share what permaculture means to us.
What is permaculture?
Permaculture is about working with nature to create a better world for everyone. If that sounds ambitious, it is but we genuinely believe that permaculture has the potential to create extraordinary change around the world. By observing patterns in nature and in communities who live close to nature, we can identify ways to design all of our human systems to be more resilient, efficient and truly sustainable. Permaculture can be, and has been, applied to every human system you can imagine from buildings, to large farms, to relationships, to entire communities.
The term permaculture was first coined by the Australian Bill Mollison as a portmanteau of the words ‘permanent’ and ‘agriculture.’ His observations of the natural world led him to question why our modern agricultural practices were so short-term and based on artificial chemical inputs, when natural systems regenerated themselves with no external inputs and were incredible abundant.
Today many people are also exploring the idea of ‘permanent cultures’ and are learning from ancient cultures who have lived in harmony with their environment for thousands of years to see what lessons there are for our modern cultures.