What is Permaculture?

August 1, 2013

Just about the greatest set of design principles I have come across (see below). When most folks think of Permaculture, they think of gardening. And while gardening can be easily applied, the core set of principles and ethics around Permaculture is really much broader. The two biologists that developed Permaculture in the 1970s, looked to nature for their inspiration, but the systems they developed can be applied to everything from business development to the design of whole cities. I only wish I would have come across them when I was studying urban design in college. 

Lately, here at Sun People, we have been lucky to have Bryan Krueger, new to Spokane, leading a wonderful set of Permaculture classes. Bryan is a wealth of information and if Permaculture peaks your curiosity, please join us for Bryan’s next workshop on Saturday, August 10th.

While there have been folks working on Permaculture ideas and gardens here in Spokane these past 10 years or so, we seem to be reaching a critical mass. Spokane’s Permaculture Group is working with City Parks to potentially develop a food forest here in Spokane, similar to the Beacon Hill project in Seattle and the same group is bringing Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden, to the MAC this September. If there was ever one set of ideas that could change the world for the better, it is Permaculture. Check it out when you can. 

Permaculture Principles:

  1. Observe & Interact
  2. Catch & Store Energy
  3. Obtain a Yield
  4. Apply Self-Regulation & Accept Feedback
  5. Use and Value Renewable Resources & Services
  6. Produce No Waste
  7. Design from Pattern to Details
  8. Integrate Rather than Segregate
  9. Use Small and Slow Solutions
  10. Use & Value Diversity
  11. Use Edges & Value the Marginal
  12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change
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