Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Australia. The term is a mix of “permanent”, “culture” and “agriculture”.
Permaculture is a “whole systems” design methodology based on science and careful observation of the “pattern language” in Nature. This wholistic systems-design methodology integrates water, energy usage and efficiency, composting in smart ways, increasing soil fertility, improving water holding capacity of soils, alternative building and construction methods, integrating animals, plants and trees, social and “invisible structures” such as local zoning regulations and integration with the greater community… and so much more.
A “Permaculture design” is based on a set of ethics and design principles simply summarized as: Good for Earth – Good for People – Fair Share (or Share the Surplus).
Panterra Permacultue Maxims:
1) The Earth is a living, breathing entity. Without ongoing care and nurturing there will be consequences too big to ignore;
2) We are provided with times of abundance which enables us to share with others:
3) If people’s needs are met in compassionate and simple ways, the environment surrounding them will prosper.