Permaculture principals were operate by:

  • Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  • Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  • Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  • Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  • Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  • Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  • Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  • Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  • Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  • Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

Conventional farming is characterised by monocropping, technologies, and synthetic fertiliser. It is resource intensive in terms of capital, land, water, and fossil fuel use.

Conventional farming threatens future food production by reducing biodiversity, and contributing to environmental degradation and climate change which lower yields.

Permaculture farming, is a contraction of permanent agriculture design system for the application of agroecology. It was developed in Australia in the 1970s based on agroecology and indigenous farming systems. In practice, permaculture farms are organic, low-input, and biodiverse, and use techniques like intercropping trees, planting perennials, water harvesting, resource recycling., aquaponics, hydroponics, sheet mulching, worm castings, composting, rain water harvesting, chicken tractors, Hugelkkultur berms, and Keyline design to name a few. By using these techniques we manage our gardens holistically, with no need for dangerous chemicals fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.

​​Permaculture in Practice

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