What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a positive response to the environmental and social challenges of our time.

It is an approach to design that is firmly grounded in Ecology and can help us to meet our requirements for air, water, food, fuel, comfort and fun while regenerating the earth’s life support systems.

Permaculture is built on ecology, and ecology is all about relationships.

So the most fundamental task of permaculture design is to optimise relationships between organisms and between organisms and their environment.

Permaculture was established in Australia in the mid 1970s.

It began with a primary focus on establishing productive landscapes that mimicked natural patterns, which quickly expanded to improving the sustainability of human life and culture more broadly. This is reflected in the progression from permaculture as ‘permanent agriculture’ to ‘permanent culture’.

We are a part of nature, and we all have a connection to the forces of nature around us.

This is true of even the most severely city bound people – we all breathe from the same atmosphere, drink water from the same hydrological cycle and eat crystallised energy from the same sun. Grounded in this biological reality we can all recognise the beauty, elegance and inherent “rightness” of natural systems. It is these natural systems which permaculture designers seek to emulate.

Permaculture is infinitely more than a type of gardening.

Permaculture thinking can be applied with great benefit to much of our lives beyond the garden and farm; our social structures, resource use, manufacturing, city planing, transport, energy and economics… the list goes on.

Permaculture is big and beautiful, but it’s small and beautiful too.

So, Thrive Permaculture is working on bringing some of the magic of permaculture into people’s lives in the form of beautiful, functional landscapes. For more details on the ethics and principles of permaculture, check out: www.holmgren.com.au/about-permaculture/