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January 25th, 2008

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09:08 am - Permaculture Defined, And Its Use
Now there is a cat sitting on the book I was going to type from. 

This is from the "bible" of permaculture, Permaculture: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollison.  I include a brief excerpt below, but the part I particularly want to emphasize is this: "The word 'permaculture' can be used by anybody adhering to the ethics and principles expressed herein.  The only restriction on use is that of teaching" 

That is, you don't have to have a certificate from a Permaculture Design Course in order to call what you do "permaculture".  You need only follow permaculture principles (which, IMHO, make a lot of sense anyway). 

The principles expressed in Mollison's writings are reformulated somewhat in writings by others (e.g. Dave Holmgren, credited as "co-originator" of permaculture).  Nonetheless, I think if you start with any book that has "permaculture" in its title, written by someone who has experience designing and nurturing permaculture sites, you're off to a good start.  As Mollison says, you can do no worse than what we already see all around us! 

I'd like to note that, thanks to the generosity of others, Sharqi and I were able to take a Permaculture Design Course and get our official certificates, and IT WAS AWESOME!!  No amount of reading can substitute.  The teachers were knowledgeable, inspiring, and fun, and so were all the other students, and it really helped me learn how to begin seeing what can be, and putting it all together.
Permaculture Defined and Its Use

Permaculture is a word coined by the author.  Its copyright is vested in the Permaculture Institutes and their College of Graduates, and is guarded by them for the purposes of consistent education.

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) 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.  Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.

Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.

The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

The word "permaculture" can be used by anybody adhering to the ethics and principles expressed herein.  The only restriction on use is that of teaching; only graduates of a Permaculture Institute can teach "permaculture", and they adhere to agreed-on curriculae developed by the College of Graduates of the Institutes of Permaculture.

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