Introduction to Permaculture Design (2009)

Permaculture Design

This is my current field of study; I’m very fascinated with Permaculture.


We have recently hosted leaders at our Urban Micro farm who were amazed at this one thing: we understand permacuture principles. I still feel there is SO much I don’t know and long for more understanding.


Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design that develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.


The core tenets of permaculture are:

  • Care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
  • Care of the people: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
  • Return of Surplus: Reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics. This includes returning waste back into the system to recycle into usefulness.


The following you-tube is excellent and so very well communicated. I encourage you to let it sink in and absorb the ideas as this is a quiet revolution that is moving all around the planet and mimics nature like no other growing system.


Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He holds a diploma in permaculture design. Since 1995 he has specialized in permaculture education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development.


In 1996 he was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the permaculture movement for his service in Australia and around the world.


Yours for sustainability,


John Musser








1 Comment

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February 03, 2014 at 06:02 AM

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation
but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for
your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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