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"...an agricultural system or method that seeks to integrate human activity with natural surroundings so as to create highly efficient self-sustaining ecosystems"
"...a creative design response to a world of declining energy and resource availability, with many similarities and overlaps with Lovins' emphasis on design processes drawn from nature.”
“...is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people, providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”
Did you notice how NO ONE’s definition of permaculture can be summed up into less than 10 words? It’s just too big a concept! Permaculture is extremely complex in its applications, principles, and techniques, and yet amazingly simple in it’s theory. We’re patterning nature. Period. In what? In everything. The 12 principles were just drawn out of those patterns that were seen. But just telling someone “Permaculture is really just me patterning my life after nature” is a little anticlimactic and… well… not full of very much insight. It’s a tricky thing to explain, I can hardly explain it without a 5 minute explanation, and I have to explain it a lot! But I suppose at the core it’s a regenerative design theory. How do you define it?
Ok so maybe now we’ve started to wrap our minds around what permaculture is, but why is it so important that we share it?
Permaculture is a global movement. Most of us started getting interested in permaculture when we saw it as a viable solution to the HAVOC being reaped on Mother Earth and her people. If we really want to see that havoc be mended or reversed, we need to build permaculture into even more of an impactful global movement.
Ok, are you ready for the soap box?
We need to push past our fears of connection and band together as a community, and as a community with other communities, so that we can build this amazing permaculture Juggernaut and start impacting the politics that are limiting our society. We need to spread the word so that we have a CULTURAL change, not just a change in farming tactics. We need to help permaculture cover the Earth and regenerate her, and ourselves in the process!
Phew, ok I’m done.
If we are going to turn permaculture into a powerful global movement, we need to do more than just tell our friends. I mean, by all means, TELL YOUR FRIENDS! But there are other things too. To really create this positive change in the world, there needs to be a cultural shift that happens. Luckily, for a long time people have studied cultural changes and there are patterns to how that change happens…
Here’s David Holmgren’s Book (the theory and principles)
Bill Mollison’s Book… (the how to… AKA the Permie Bible)
Edible Forest Gardens (when you’re ready to do the food forest thing, this book is irreplaceable)
One Straw Revolution (another angle, super good read)
Okay okay okay, last book recommendation, Gaia’s Garden (great for applying permaculture on the home scale)
Alright, so there are a bunch of books to jump start you if you feel like your knowledge is lacking or you want to expand a bit.
Ok, there you have it! Even though the actual podcast episode here was related, we DEFINITELY went a cool direction here in the blog post, I hope I didn’t scare you away with all my troop rallying… but if I did I guess you wouldn’t be reading this…cool beans troops! Alright, so I hope you enjoyed this post and feel called to arms! Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, and check out our LinkedIn page, we’re throwing out motivational content all over the place.
Keep growing permies!
Oh ya, and in the episode we mentioned a few AMAZING movies to check out if you’re in a “Netflix and Chill” mode… or “Movie and Chill” sweet, enjoy! Oh, and trust me, you will just want to buy these and re-watch over and over again :)
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