WHAT IS PERMACULTURE DESIGN?
Permaculture is a type of conscious design which mimics the patterns and relationships found in nature. The set of principles practiced in permaculture—which draw from ancient indigenous wisdom—invite us to observe nature in order to create designs that meet human needs and, at the same time, regenerate the earth around us.
The word itself is a combination of the words “permanent” and “agriculture,” and it was termed by biologist Bill Mollison from Tazmania, New Zealand who, along with his Australian student David Holmgren, where inspired by the very rich ecosystem of the rainforest and began to wonder if food could be grown in that regenerative way. What they started in the 70’s, actually came from many cultures before, as this type of integral approach is the way indigenous people around the world have historically grown their food and have lived in communion with the earth and the biodiversity in their land.
Permaculture Design is made up of 3 main questions
1. People Care: How does the design affect the people and culture it supports? How can we create a design that better supports the sustainability of its surrounding culture?
2. Earth Care: How can we create design systems that are regenerative to the earth? How can we design systems that are more in align with the pre existing natural systems of a place?
3. Fair Share: How can we make sure everybody gets fair or equal resources? Ecological systems are not static but living and evolving systems. How can we create a design that's so rich and abundant that it takes care of the future?
What is ethical in terms of design?
What is the right choice?
Does it make the world a better place?
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