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2013 Permaculture Design/Homesteading Thread: Sharing definitions, principles and techniques for enlightened Ecological Design.

 
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2013 Permaculture Design/Homesteading Thread: Sharing definitions, principles and techniques for enlightened Ecological Design.
Online Permaculture Design Course anyone??

I have been studying Permaculture (PC) for over twenty years and am a certified instructor. I would like to share my knowledge and experience on the subject and learn from other PC Designers and homesteaders. I can also answer questions about Identity Preserved, Non GMO Seed Production.

Lets keep this thread alive! Please keep the petty unnecessary comments and grammar criticisms to yourself.

Experienced PC Designers; Please share your own definitions. Then we can move into principles, design methods and then begin to answer questions and offer site specific techniques for folks with questions.


For starters here is my off the cuff PC definition:

WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?

"Permaculture Design is an ecological design system for planning and constructing sustainable human settlement that have the resiliency of natural ecosystems and create opportunities for the restoration of biological systems, economies and healthy communities."


ETHICS OF PERMACULTURE DESIGN

The primary ethics of PC Design. By The Permaculture Association.

1. CARE OF THE EARTH: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.
Permaculture works with natural systems, rather than in competition with them. It uses methods that have minimal negative impact on the Earth’s natural environment. In everyday life, this may involve buying local produce, eating in season, and cycling rather than driving. Its about choices we make, and how we manage the land. Its about opposing the destruction of wild habitats, and the poisoning of soil, water and atmosphere, and its about designing and creating healthy systems that meet our needs without damaging the planet.

2. CARE OF PEOPLE: Provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
As a part of this planet, you matter! This is about ensuring the wellbeing of both individuals and communities. As individuals, we need to look after ourselves and each other so that as a community we can develop environmentally friendly lifestyles. In the poorest parts of the world, this is still about helping people to access enough food and clean water, within a safe society. In the rich world, it means redesigning our unsustainable systems and replacing them with sustainable ones. This could mean working together to provide efficient, accessible public transport, or to provide after-school clubs for kids. When people come together, friendships are formed and sustainability becomes possible.

3. SETTING LIMITS TO POPULATION AND CONSUMPTION: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles. Setting limits to population is not about limiting people's free movement, tight border controls and a one child policy. Its about working to achieve a stable human population, using a number of key strategies. These include: access to family planning; helping people to meet their basic needs of clean water, adequate food, and basic healthcare and education; education for girls.

The third ethic recognises that:

a. The Earth’s resources are limited.
b. These resources need to be shared amongst many beings.

Permaculture seeks to divide these resources fairly amongst people, animals and plants alike, not forgetting future generations who will need food, water and shelter just as much as we do now. Its 'one planet living'.

Additionally

The 'Prime Directive of Permaculture'
"The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children." Bill Mollison.

I am heading off to bed now. I hope to see some posts in the morning and will reply then. Thanks All!
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