What Is Permaculture?

We thought it would be useful, as an organisation which has permaculture at its core, to give a little explanation of permaculture.

Oringally, permaculture was a contraction of ‘permanent agriculture’, really driving at the idea of a sustainable system of crop growth, one which takes into account inter-related internal and external factors and how they come together as an ecosystem.

However, since it’s initial conception, permaculture has grown, and as it has, people have applied the concept to many different areas of life, from growing food to banking. Still, the modern idea or permaculture, is one of considering wider inter-related (internal & external) factors with a focus on sustainability.

This, very broad, philosophy can be interpreted and applied in many ways; the Permaculture association says:

“Permaculture combines three key aspects:

1. An ethical framework

2. Understandings of how nature works

3. A design approach”

To us, permaculture means the implementation of agricultural techniques and design processes which work with nature to be sustainable, not only in terms of local food growth but also in terms of the wider ecosystem.

If you want to know more, you can try one of the books in our ‘Top 3 Permaculture Books For Beginners‘ section.