What is Permaculture? A Primer in Pictures and Patterns – Part 2

Note: This is the third installment in a series. See also: Introduction and Inspiration Part 1: Defining Permaculture and Patterns  Part 2: Gardens Part 3:  Part 4:  —————————————————- So what is this Permaculture thing? In this post, we’ll be exploring Permaculture gardening in pictures and patterns, so we’ll keep the definition short and sweet. If you want a more in-depth discussion defining Permaculture, visit Part 1. But for now: Permaculture is a system for designing human habitats (including homes, homesteads, gardens, farms, cities, etc.) which includes sets of ethics, principles, and design methods, and applies “patterns” derived from nature, sustainable societies, … Continue reading What is Permaculture? A Primer in Pictures and Patterns – Part 2

What is Permaculture? A Primer in Patterns and Pictures – Introduction and Inspiration

Note: This is the INTRODUCTION to a series. See also: Part 1: Defining Permaculture and Patterns  Part 2: Gardens Part 3: Building Part 4: Organizing —————————————————- Ask 10 “Permies,” folks interested in Permaculture, and you’ll get 10 different definitions.  Some will tell you it’s an easier way of vegetable gardening. In fact, “most people enter Permaculture “through the garden gate” as Permaculture Designer and author Toby Hemenway used to say.  However, recently I’ve met people who had no idea that Permaculture had anything to do with gardening! For them, Permaculture was about forgotten building skills, meat farming, or primitive skills, sustainability, … Continue reading What is Permaculture? A Primer in Patterns and Pictures – Introduction and Inspiration

What is Permaculture – A Primer in Pictures and Patterns – PART 1

Is it a community of doomer hippies? An incomprehensible internet meme for do-gooders who hate lawns and love fermenting things? A clever rebranding scheme for the organic farming movement thought up by wayward corporate marketing gurus? A cult for Gaia-worshipping environmentalists? A secret society for foraging herbalist hedgewitches? WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?  After 6 years, 100 posts, over 100,000 page views, and hundreds of followers, I’ve never written a post answering that question!  Why?  Because there are already so many good treatments of the topic on the nets. Why re-re-reinvent the wheel when the internet’s rolling along just merily without me. … Continue reading What is Permaculture – A Primer in Pictures and Patterns – PART 1