What is Permaculture ???
In its essence, Permaculture is a celebration of being human. A celebration of being human within a bountiful environment. If we truly understand how to build a sustainable relationship with what's around us then it becomes a endless paradise. It's about understanding the interrelationships within nature and in turn becoming an ambassador to those relationships.
You will never look at weeds the same again!
Permaculture looks at how nature functions and its divine design without human interference. For example, if we were to look within a forest we'd discover that there is no coincidence as to why or where certain plants and trees are growing. Everything has a purpose! The taller trees provide a shade canopy for smaller trees. Some close by plants act as dynamic accumulators whose deep taproot draws up nutrients that plants with shallower root systems take advantage of. Similarly, other plants act as nitrogen fixers that surrounding plants benefit from. So Permaculture takes this understanding and knowledge and uses it to strategically mimic those relationships but in our own backyards. You might be thinking: "well that's really terrific, but I don't want a forest in my backyard!" Let me explain further...
Instead of cloning nature's exact design and plopping the same organized chaos of plants into your backyard, Permaculturists tweak the composition of what plants go where. They often "replace" the plants/trees with more beneficial ones that play the same role within the system . Beneficial plants can be edible, medicinal, pollinator attracting,
Gardening and Permaculture
Permaculture emphasizes the use of Native Plants or those that are well adapted to your local area. Plant things you like, but make sure they have a purpose and somehow benefit the landscape. That is, make sure you plant something that benefits you as equally as the soil itself. If you think about it, most of the medicine we currently take originated from some plant in the Amazon jungle. What if I told you that we have plants in our own backyards that have the same medicinal properties as those in the Amazon jungle? It is shockingly true!
In my Permaculture Design Class one of the course exercises was to pair up with another individual who repeatedly asked the question: "What is Permaculture?" After you gave an answer, the partner repeated the question for you to respond with a different answer. This was done about 5 times and then you and your partner switched roles. The following are just some of the many great answers:
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
- Going from Consumption Society to a Creation Society
- Food Landscaping
- Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food
- S̶u̶r̶v̶i̶v̶a̶l̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶F̶i̶t̶t̶e̶s̶t̶ --> Adapting and Cooperating
- Having what you already need, but changing the configuration so that it is advantageous to you.
- SOIL, SOIL, SOIL! Soil is Everything!
- Positive Human interaction with nature instead of negative Human interference
- Ethical Living
- Perennial Agriculture
- THE ANSWER (to everything)
- Something that only happens when land and people are one
- Fostering harmonious relationships with nature to restore/replenish its natural order of abundance
- Intrinsic commonsense
- Redefining Waste as Resources not yet utilized
- Abundance and Security
- The REAL social security / healthcare plan
- Leaving the world better than you found it
- The integration of people into Nature's divine design
Which of the above is your favorite and/or what would you add to the list??
Remember, Good Planets are Hard to Find!