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Integrated Design

Photo © Craig Mackintosh Could it be useful sometimes to replace the name permaculture with something else, because some people have wrong associations with the word? I’ve heard people discussing this, but they didn’t come up with any alternative. Here I have a suggestion: “integrated design”. In a way, permaculture principle eight – integrate rather than segregate – has become like my most precious jewel among the design principles. And […]

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Introducing the Permaculture Designers’ Manual, Chapter 2: Concepts and Themes in Design

This is Part II of a series. Read Part I before proceeding. Editor’s Note: This article series is by Jesse Lemieux of PRI Canada – who will soon be teaching a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course at PRI’s own Zaytuna Farm. Book now to secure your place on a course taught by a seriously good permaculture enthusiast, practitioner and teacher, as evidenced also by this developing article series! This is […]

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Why Learn Permaculture – for the Children and Ourselves

Permaculture is one of the only ways home for humanity. If one believes in modernism, industrial agriculture and better living through chemistry read no further. However, if you feel something is not right about the way we live, read on. I have come to realize that it is because we have been taught from birth to be dependent on the system or civilization that we have lost our connection to […]

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Permaculture “Your Way To Sustainable Living”

Permaculture “Your Way To Sustainable Living”

by Geoff Lawton, first published in Veritas Magazine. Permaculture is a design science that applies design to the way humanity needs to supply itself with its requirement to live sustainably and in a way that actually enhances the environment. So, the principles of permaculture turn the footprint of humanity into the most beneficial footprint on earth rather than the most damaging footprint. And that’s how nature works. Permaculture’s principles come […]

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Decoding Pattern

by Adrian Buckley The modern-day education system is almost entirely bent on creating an army of university professors and other specialists. We have been systematically trained to specialize, and as a result we approach problem-solving by studying parts of a whole, where the connections between them are commonly ignored.

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The Food Nightmare Beneath Our Feet: We’re Running Out of Soil

It’s good to see someone from the American press shine a light on what is arguably the most pressing ecological issue facing us. It effects any and all aspects of environmental health and stability. Without significant efforts made to address the massive amounts of topsoil lost each year, all of our “environmentalism” rings rather hollow, I’m afraid. The following article is highly recommended reading: The Food Nightmare Beneath Our Feet: […]

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A Permaculture Primer

by Adrian Buckley, Permaculture Designer, B. of Community Design, Calgary, Canada Permaculture is a shortened form of permanent culture. While it evades any single definition, permaculture can be defined as a system of design – assembling conceptual, material and strategic components into a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms. Permaculture design is concerned with the design of natural and human systems so that they can sustain […]

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The Domestication Spectrum: How Our Relationships With Plants and Animals Define Our Existence

by Kyle Chamberlain, The Human Habitat Project Our bonds with other species are as vital, to survival, as our bonds with other people. If we don’t choose our company carefully, disaster is likely to ensue. As a species, we should be shopping for the best relationships. There’s a lot a stake, and we don’t want to be abused or neglected. When searching for a good fit, we should keep in […]

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Permaculture and the Western Syndrome

For tens of thousands of years intact peoples from around the world have been intricately woven into the fabric of the landscape that nourishes them. Culture itself has sprung from the land through the people’s relationship with all that sustains them. This is not as esoteric as it sounds… Imagine a group of people who live in a particular watershed with a distinct mix and availability of flora and fauna, […]

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