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Bill Mollison (1928-2016) has been called the 'father of permaculture'.  Permaculture is an integrated system of design encompassing not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology but also money management, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities. The aim is to create systems that provide for their own needs, do not pollute and are sustainable. Conservation of soil, water and energy are central issues to permaculture, as are stability and diversity.
"Permaculture philosophy is one of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation, rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them; of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolution."
-Bill Mollison 1988
David Holmgren is the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of'Permaculture One' in 1978.  Since then he has written several more books including the very successful book 'Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability'.  He has developed three properties, consulted and supervised in urban and rural projects and presented lectures, workshops and courses at a wide variety of events and venues in Australia and around the world. His writings over those three decades span a diversity of subjects and issues but always illuminating another aspect of permaculture thinking. The very informational website, Permaculture Principles, is his inspiration as well.

Permaculture can be defined by many experts in the field.  Some of the most famous definitions come from Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, co-founders of permaculture and originators of the ethics and principles.

"Permaculture" originated from the two words permanent and agriculture.  Created in the 1970's the word itself hasn't changed but the utility of its principles have evolved over time.  More recently the term permaculture has taken a cultural or social position which was provided in the original text Permaculture One, published in 1978, but not widely practiced as a cultural sustainability.  Permaculture  principles as related to farming and gardening have received the most notoriety particularly in the areas of resource efficient design strategies and harmonizing human interactions with nature.


Bill Mollison more recently modified the word to mean permanent culture modeling by design techniques how humans can beneficially coexist with nature, establish balance AND an over abundance of food wealth; in essence creating a permanent culture for the future generations of all life on Earth. 

"...if you're a scientist, you could liken it [permaculture] to a miraculous wardrobe
in which you can hang garments of any science or any art and find they're always
harmonious with, and in relation to, that which is already hanging there. It's a
framework that never ceases to move, but that will accept information from anywhere." ~Bill Mollison

Definition by David Holmgren:

"Permaculture is a design system inspired by nature which is based on ethics and design principles that can be used to guide you, your household and your community ‘beyond sustainability’. By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers. This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in our local communities that will help us prepare for an uncertain future with less available energy."

More information about Permaculture
"You can solve all the world's problems in a garden..."
~Geoff Lawton, managing director of The Permaculture Research Institute in Australia.
Permaculture services for your apartment, residential home,
urban farm or broad acre property.

Permaculture Design Consultation
4 hours for $250.00*

with certified permaculture designers:
Stephanie 530-828-6390  -or-  Brian 530-321-9715

(*please include drive time in fee if more than 30 miles from Chico,
consultations are with either Stephanie or Brian, please anticipate a double fee for both. )
garden diversity
Consulting For apartments, residential homes, urban farms or broad acre properties.  A consultation usually consists of either an initial site visit and interview to begin the design process (see below), or a jam packed informational session in which we walk and analyze your site to help you articulate your goals and provide as much insight as possible so you can plan the details of the project yourself (more like DIY project advice).

Design A permaculture design which integrates the specific needs of the client as a whole person/family and the needs of the property as a productive ecosystem. The design process usually takes place over a 2 to 24 month time period (depending on property size, budget and project complexity).  During this time we work with the client for multiple sessions in order to refine a detailed, long-term plan or site report.  The report includes mapping and documentation to reflect design elements such as water systems, access routes, buildings, earthworks, energy and nutrient cycling/systems, plantings, animals and social infrastructure, as well as budget, a phased implementation time-line, and other supporting documents as needed.  A management guidebook can also be created which details out polyculture harvests, insectary calendars, rainwater or greywater system maintenance and more.

Implementation We encourage our clients to get involved in the implemetation of their permaculture projects as it helps increase the overall knowledge base and long term success of the property and people living there. However we are fully capable of implementing all phases of the project(s) at hand.

Education ranges from information conveyed during consultation or design sessions, to private tutoring in specific permaculture applications (such as forest gardening or rainwater harvesting), to community based workshops teaching permaculture principles and their bio-regional methods of application.
use and value renewables -reused metal awning into tomato trelliscatch and store energy -catch rainwater and store it in the earth rather than letting it go 'wasted' into stormdrains and creeksstacking functions -let the garden art support the plants that produce food for you and others, shelter for beneficial insects, shade for moisture retention, seeds for later harvest...creatively use and respond to change -drought tolerant landscapes including native plants require little input compared to their output for biological diverstiy and overall function in this parking lot -even part of the driveway is permeable paving!obtain a yield -stacking functions here too provides a large yield for small spaces - 3 varieties of beans, 5 varieties  of potatoes as well as medicinal and culinary herbs all in about 10 square feetintegrate rather than segregate -once a swimming pool now an aquaculture pond with a thirving aquatic ecosystem of fish, insects, birds and more as well as a swimming pond for humans.
"Perma- WHAT?"
Permaculture design and consulting for:
  • Siting of roads and home-sites
  • Residential homes, commercial lots and urban farm design
  • Farm design for market production
  • Energy, water and nutrient cycling
  • Rooftop rainwater harvesting systems (passive and active)
  • Greywater systems (laundry to landscape and branched drain)
  • Irrigation including drip systems and rain sensors
  • Water harvesting earthworks and ponds
  • Pool to pond conversions (fish and/or swimming ponds)
  • Aquaculture and aquaponics
  • Edible and medicinal landscapes
  • Forest gardening and staging succession
  • Soil building techniques (soil food web)
  • Seed gardens and seed saving
  • Land restoration techniques
  • Wildlife habitat regeneration
  • Watershed protection
  • Garden calendars (harvest, insectary and more)
  • Site development supervision for new properties
  • Education and training in permaculture and land care
Last updated: November 1, 2017
Gaia Creations offers
4 Types of Permaculture Services
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