Permaculture is a method for designing sustainable, human-supporting landscapes that mimic the operation of natural ecosystems. By linking the different parts of each system in ecologically sensible ways, permaculture achieves high yields for low energy inputs while actually building fertility over successive seasons. For some, permaculture means a backyard garden that for relatively little work supplies an abundance of organically produced food all year round. For others, permaculture means a drought and flood-proof rural property ensuring food, water and energy security into the coming decades.
Permaculture was started in the seventies by a Tasmanian (Bill Mollison) and an Australian (David Holmgren). Since then, it has become a global movement providing design solutions for every climate, landscape and culture imaginable. Permaculture is every bit as relevant to designing a vibrant, productive and truly sustainable edible garden in the Melbourne suburbs - check out this article by Dan for a few examples.
As a comprehensive system integrating modern science and traditional sustainable agricultural techniques from cultures the world over, and weaving these into a set of ethics and principles that apply any where at any scale, permaculture is hard to get across briefly. To get a better feel for what it's all about, come along to one of our workshops or if you're ready to get serious, our Permaculture Design Certificate course. Be warned though, for a lot of people (all of us included), learning about permaculture can be life changing. It can fill you with an optimism about the future you didn't know you had and an unstoppable energy to get things happening on the ground. Learn more about our permaculture design consultancy services here.