“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
“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
“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 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
“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
“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
“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
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?
Before I committed to my year of Certificate IV Permaculture via Tafe NSW and the National Environment Centre flexible online learning, permaculture and I had a getting-to-know-you period thanks to a wide selection of freely shared online resources I’ve listed below. Watch Permaculture Masterclass: A Four-Part Series, Geoff Lawton The Pocket-Sized Patch, Gardening Australia My … More Permaculture . . . a selection of freely shared resources
What is permaculture, you ask, as I did and found out it wasn’t what I thought it was, but more. Permaculture is a word originally coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid 1970’s to describe an “integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man.” ~ holmgren.com.au … More Permaculture . . . what’s the attraction?