What is permaculture?

If you Google it, you may find this:

per·ma·cul·ture /ˈpərməˌkəlCHər/


noun: Permaculture

  1. the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

  2. "his forest garden is one of Britain's best models of permaculture."

[the 1970s: blend of permanent and agriculture.]

[perma+culture = permaculture]

We have a different definition of Permaculture.

First, because we understand that sustainability or self-sufficient is not enough anymore. We need to start talking about regenerative ecosystems. This is the mindset we want to promote with The Little Urban Farm. For us, Permaculture is a set of principles and guidelines that help humans to develop ecosystems capable of regenerate the environment providing abundance, giving more as an output that the energy inputted in the system.

Nature is always giving in abundance. Agriculture is trying to be the most productive system that is lucrative. These concepts are in conflict. You can sustain an ecosystem in a way you want to get the most of it at the same time. It's necessary to find the balance.

J. Russell Smith (1874–1966), a professor of geography at Columbia University, published his landmark text, Tree Crops, A Permanent Agriculture in 1929. This was the first time that the idea "permanent-agriculture appeared."

After that, we can mention Toyohiko Kagawa, who pioneered the Forrest-farming concept and Masanobu Fukuoka, who did the same to the natural-farming concept, in the late 1930s in Japan.

In the late 1960s, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren started developing ideas about stable agricultural systems on the southern Australian island state of Tasmania. By the early 1980s, the concept of sustainable human habitats as also broadened in the book: Permaculture One. After the huge success, Bill Mollison created the book that is considered the holly bibble of this subject: Permaculture: A Designers Manual. Mollison lectured in over 80 countries and taught his two-week Permaculture Design Course (PDC) to hundreds of students.

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