Permaculture . . . the real cost of the global food system

“First feel fear, then get angry. Then go with your life into the fight.” Bill Mollison Bill Mollison describes permaculture as a common sense, practical way to design your life. The system came to him in a moment of revelation. He chose the term ‘permaculture’ because of its Latin roots: ‘permanens’ meaning lasting, continuing, ongoing, … More Permaculture . . . the real cost of the global food system

Permaculture principles . . . the other six

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank Continuing from the previous post and first six permaculture principles; I’ve worked through them numerically in the order they appear in David’s Holmgren’s Permaculture Principles. However, permaculture principles can be applied in any order in all … More Permaculture principles . . . the other six

Permaculture principles . . . the first six

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” ~ Dwight Eisenhower Principles that can be applied in all situations and places are used when designing permaculture activities and projects. There are variations of permaculture principles, based on two models: those of Bill Mollison and those of David Holmgren (the co-founders of … More Permaculture principles . . . the first six

Permaculture . . . ethics

“Permaculture is revolution disguised as organic gardening.” ~ Graham Burnett, ‘Permaculture – A Beginners Guide’ Permaculture is about designing for sustainable living. It is based on three ethics: Care for the earth; Care for people; and Fair share. To become familiar with permaculture ethics, a simple exercise is for each of the ethics, think of … More Permaculture . . . ethics

Permaculture . . . the not so good oil

“We are not good at recognizing distant threats even if their probability is 100%. Society ignoring [peak oil] is like the people of Pompeii ignoring the rumblings below Vesuvius.” ~James R. Schlesinger Following on from last week’s “if permaculture is the answer climate change is the question” … Part 2 of my research project for … More Permaculture . . . the not so good oil

Permaculture . . . all out, everybody change for climate change

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” ~ Bill Mollison For me, part of gaining an understanding about permaculture is not only the how and what but the why. One of the things I learned is… if permaculture is the answer, climate change is the question. Climate change … More Permaculture . . . all out, everybody change for climate change

Permaculture . . . can we fix it yes we can

“Starting a garden without a design will end in tears as surely as starting a renovation project without a plan. The design should answer questions about sun and shade, wildlife, proximity and access, water, organic matter and nutrient cycling, local seasons, crops, and weather. The answers will be different in every situation but the principles … More Permaculture . . . can we fix it yes we can

Permaculture . . . why me?

Even studying online, students get to answer the usual get-to-know-you classroom questions. Q. What you want to achieve by doing this course? Initially, from this course I want to achieve: greater familiarity and understanding about permaculture; how to observe; some proficiency in permaculture design; how to promote and apply permaculture ethics and principles personally, locally … More Permaculture . . . why me?