More About Permaculture
Perma’nent + (Agri)Culture = Permaculture
Australian biologist Bill Mollison (left) and his student/colleague David Holmgren created this design system based on three core ethics; Care for the People, Care for the Earth, and Care for Future Generations(Fair Share). They lay out these and twelve Design Principles as a building tool for a system that is truly sustainable. The concepts have been created in a way that are understandable and once grasped, easy to start applying to already functioning systems. They have created this information to be free for the public to teach and share because they felt that this was such important knowledge. Bill writes, "The aim is to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long-term...Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life supporting system for city and country, using the smallest practical area." Simply put, if any agricultural system is designed to mimic a natural one, it will be more sustainable over a longer period of time, with lower costs, less maintenance, and less space needed in order to achieve the same or better results as conventional methods.
Why do we use the philosophy of Permaculture as the cornerstone of our services?
The simple answer is that we care for our planet, because Earth provides us with all of the resources we need to thrive. However, in return, we MUST take care of the Earth in a way that sustains those resources, so that our future generations may have the right to clean air, healthy soil, and fresh water. These are the core Ethics of Permaculture and what the founders of the philosophy so passionately believe in.