What is Permaculture? – Principles and Ethics

What is permaculture? Gardening, by itself, is good for everyone and for the earth.  But there are ways you can make your garden work even harder and smarter than it already is: permaculture.

Permaculture is the idea that every element involved in your care of your landscape should be considered. That includes the people, the air, and the earth—not just the plants. Considering all those elements helps to improve the health of the whole ecosystem, not just your garden. Practicing permaculture isn’t as hard as it might initially sound.

Bill Mollison, one of the fathers of modern Permaculture or “permanent agriculture” said: “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system”.

For starters, think about your yard in zones. The zone closest to you–say, a kitchen garden—would be filled with plants that need the most attention from you. Next, you have to carefully consider the crops you plant, why you plant them, and how rotating them can benefit the soil. Luckily, you’re probably already practicing some principles of permaculture—but you can do more. Use this graphic to learn how.

Permaculture garden
Source: Fix.com Blog

The three core tenets of permaculture are:

  • Care for the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
  • Care for the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
  • Setting limits to population and consumption: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.  This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.  The third ethic is sometimes referred to as Fair Share, which reflects that each of us should take no more than what we need before we reinvest the surplus.



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