|How to start practicing permaculture right now
(NaturalNews) Permaculture is a fundamental approach to food production
and urban renewal, water, energy and pollution. It is based on the
ethics of caring for people and our planet. It is about growing your own
healthy food, being resourceful and environmentally responsible.
Permaculture concepts, design principles and ideas can be applied
successfully to anything from small suburban units to large farming
According to Bill Mollison, permaculture integrates ecology, organic gardening,
architecture, landscape and agro-forestry into the creation of a rich
and sustainable way of living. Not only does it use appropriate
technology that provide high yields for low energy inputs, it strives to
create a resource that is both stable and incredibly diverse.
Permaculture design ethics include:
• Care of the earth ("Earth Care")
• Care of people and all other species ("People Care")
• Limiting consumption; sharing surplus ("Fair Shares")
The core principles of Permaculture are explained in detail here: http://www.permacultureprinciples.com/principles.php
Here is an easy-to-follow guide on four great ways to start incorporating permaculture practices into your own life.
Get into the habit of observing natureStart
to closely observe natural elements and designs such as sunlight
patterns, moon phases, the direction of tree growth, where and how water
collects and where plants don’t grow well in your native area. Don’t
forget to extend your observation to patterns in human nature as
well. For example, pay attention to what kinds of work young children
enjoy and don’t enjoy, or how your coworkers tend to behave at certain
phases of a project. What time of day is your mind most receptive to
trying new ideas?
It is also important to observe the needs of
anything you want to nurture, whether it is a garden, a plant, an
animal, a friend or a business partner. If you want to grow herbs or
raise chickens, find out what conditions they need so you can adjust
your micro-climate accordingly.
Develop a design-oriented mindLook
around you and imagine ways to apply the permaculture ethics and
principles to the design of everything you notice. A good way to begin
developing your eye for design would be to choose a permaculture
principle that especially resonates with you personally and find ways to
implement it in various areas of your personal life.
example, if you really love the permaculture principles of "using and
valuing diversity" and "using small and slow solutions," then make a
list of ways you can diversify your daily activities in a simple, non-wasteful way. Design grocery shopping lists that include a variety of simple, local and seasonal foods,
and make your shopping trips include tasks for the whole family, since
one of the most important aspects of permaculture is the rebuilding of
Create a simple and ecological permaculture gardenEcological gardening
involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants and can
be done on any scale. It’s a fun and easy way to create a "backyard
ecosystem" by assembling communities of plants that can work
cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:
• Composing and maintaining soil fertility
• Catching and conserving water in the landscape
• Providing a habitat for various animals, insects and birds
• Growing an edible "mini forest" that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods
Many beginning books on permaculture as well as online sources explain how to complete a variety of useful projects such as making your own herb fertilizers and compost or creating homemade organic sprays for pest control.
To learn more about creating permaculture gardens, check out this article: http://www.naturalnews.com/035038_permaculture_gardening_how_to.html
Take a permaculture design courseStudy
and practice permaculture principles in-depth by looking into
affordable local permaculture design courses. You’ll learn to practice
sustainable design in your everyday life, strengthen your connection with nature and develop your creativity and intuition.
the process, you’ll also get an interesting tour of various
permaculture practices from all over the world - all of which you can
adapt to your own situation. Most permaculture classes offer an extraordinarily rich community
as well, giving you the opportunity to improve your understanding of
this holistic design system and create lifelong friendships and business
partnerships. If you don’t want to take a general course on
permaculture design, research specific elements of permaculture such as
local food systems, self-reliance, growing food, traditional skills, beekeeping, small-scale organic farming and ways to build community.
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