More about the innovators of permaculture...
Bill Mollison was born in 1928 and 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."
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. David Holmgrem has developed three properties using permaculture principles, conducted workshops and courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan and North America and now in Latin America. The very informational website, Permaculture Principles, is his inspiration as well.
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
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."
"You can solve all the world's problems in a garden..."
Permaculture services for your apartment, residential home,
urban farm or broad acre property.
Permaculture Design Consultation
4 hours for $200.00*
with certified permaculture designers:
Stephanie 530-828-6390 -or- Brian 530-321-9715
(*please include drive time in fee if more than 30 minutes from Chico,
consultations are with either Stephanie or Brian, please anticipate a double fee for both. )
Consulting From 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.
Permaculture design and consulting for:
- Siting of roads and home-sites
- Residential homes and urban farms
- 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, native 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
- Garden calendars (harvest, insectary and more)
- Education and training in permaculture and ecological land care
Last updated: February 8, 2017
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