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Learn Permaculture 101 in Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Posted By makennagoodman On August 12, 2009 @ 3:04 pm In Garden & Agriculture | No Comments
Permaculture is one of those gardening techniques that many people–as hard as it might be to admit–might not fully understand. But it’s actually quite simple.
From  PlanetGreen:
Permaculture is the act of working with Mother Nature, not against her. It’s about creating an ecosystem by putting together communities of plants that work cooperatively. It’s about building and maintaining healthy soil. Catching and conserving water, naturally. Allowing a habitat for birds and animals, alongside your garden. And being able to eat your bounty, too.
The Origins of Permaculture
Toby Hemenway, permaculture expert and author of (Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, says: “Permaculture uses a set of principles and practices to design sustainable human settlements. The word, a contraction of both ‘permanent culture’ and ‘permanent agriculture,’ was coined by two Australians. The first was Bill Mollison, a charismatic and iconoclastic one-time forester, schoolteacher, trapper, field naturalist, and author of the dense and encyclopedic bible of the field, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual. The other is  David Holmgren, one of the first of Bill’s many students, who has brilliantly expanded permaculture’s scope.”
The Aim of Permaculture
According to Hemenway, the aim of permaculture is, “To design ecologically sound, economically prosperous human communities. It is guided by a set of ethics: caring for Earth, caring for people, and reinvesting the surplus that this care will create. From these ethics stem a set of design guidelines or principles, described in many places and in slightly varying forms.” […]
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