Frequently Asked Questions
We love pouring our creativity into all aspects of our lives, with sustainability in mind. We enjoy handcrafting our own body products, cleaners, herbal medicine, decorations, and tools, and we have fun growing our favorite foods and preparing them right at home. The guiding ethics and principles of permaculture help us in designing our crafts and our lives.
What is permaculture?
Permaculture is an ethical design system for sustainable human culture. It was created as a response to Earth’s diminishing resources and energy. This system of agricultural and social design principles is focused on imitating patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The principles are whole-systems thinking tools that we can use all together to creatively design our environment and our behavior.
Permaculture is not a collection of techniques: use the principles and apply them accordingly based on your specific situation. As you design your life within the framework of permaculture, you will develop new skills and build resilience.
What are the permaculture ethics and principles?
The permaculture ethics and principles, as outlined by David Holmgren, the co-founder of Permaculture, are the following:
- Care for the Earth
- Care for People
- Fair Share
These ethics are the foundation upon which permaculture is built and they guide us in applying the 12 principles.
- Observe and Interact
- Catch and Store Energy
- Obtain a Yield
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
- Use and value renewable resources and services
- Produce no waste
- Design from pattern to details
- Integrate rather than segregate
- Use small and slow solutions
- Use and value diversity
- Use edges and value the marginal
- Creatively use and respond to change
These principles are universally applicable guidelines for designing regenerative habitats and designing our lives. These principles help inspire us to recreate ever-present patterns in nature. To better understand how to integrate the permaculture principles into your life, we demonstrate with each blog post project how we are applying the principles. For more information on the principles, click here.
I don't like gardening or landscaping - is permaculture for me?
Yes. You can integrate permaculture in all aspects of your life. Permaculture is not simply a form of organic gardening. Permaculture is concerned with responsibly providing human needs from nature, so growing food is indeed an important part of the equation. However, one of the reasons permaculture has been redefined from “permanent agriculture” to “sustainable culture” is because not everyone has access to land, and everyone has their own strengths. The objective remains becoming a productive citizen, as opposed to a dependent consumer, but perhaps your personal focus won’t be on growing food, but supporting your community growers and developing your own strength, which may well be herbal medicine making or natural building. Permaculture can be applied to all areas of your life, or the 7 domains as outlined here in Holmgren’s Permaculture Flower. That being said, we do encourage you to grow food – however small the amount!
Where and when do you offer workshops?
We currently offer workshops online all year round! Click here to learn about the courses you can take and which ones are open for enrollment.
Do you offer workshops in other languages?
Yes! Some of our workshops are available in French and Spanish as well as English.
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