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Permaculture and Sustainable Living

The term permaculture, meaning "permanent agriculture" was coined in the 1970's by Australian Bill Mollison

"Permaculture, then, is a design system that encompasses both "permanent agriculture" and "permanent culture." It recognizes, first, that all living systems are organized around energy flows. It teaches people to analyze existing energy flows (sun, rain, money, human energy) through such a system (a garden, a household, a business). Then it teaches them to position and interconnect all the elements in the system (whether existing or desired) in beneficial relationship to each other and to those energy flows. When correctly designed such a system will, like a natural ecosystem, become increasingly diverse and self-sustaining. "All permaculture design is based on three ethics: Care of the earth (because all living things have intrinsic worth); care of the people; and reinvest all surplus, whether it be information, money, or labor, to support the first two ethics."

Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Basalt, Colorado

Permaculture training in the Colorado Rockies or the Bahamas. The website offere a variety of definitions and helpful links for the home, garden, farm and wilderness. www.permaculture.net

The Permaculture Activist

North American permaculture periodical, providing a current listing of upcoming permaculture design courses, and offering articles and information on permaculture design, edible landscaping, bioregionalism, cooperative action, aquaculture, natural building, earthworks, renewable energy, practical solutions to the challenges of Real Life, and more. www.permacultureactivist.net

Permaculture The Earth

Permaculture The Earth includes definitions, articles and information links about sustainable design and interactive forums for the discussion of topics related to permaculture. www.permaearth.org/

Permaculture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

English permaculture teacher Patrick Whitefield, author of The Earth Care ... Permaculture zones classify three dimensional areas Wikipedia