It’s not easy to define Permaculture because it’s not a subject like maths or history or even organic gardening. It’s a process.
Permaculture is a way of thinking about where we are and what we want: it’s about using joined-up thinking and a range of design tools to plan for a future in which we care for people, for the planet, and for sustainability – living within limits.
Permaculture is about using resources without wasting them, creating homes, businesses and lifestyles with a minimum overall impact on the environment, or on other people. It’s about thinking what we leave for the next generation.
This doesn’t mean going back to the Stone Age. We use whatever technology is the most efficient for what we are trying to do. Sometimes this takes us back to traditional skills and materials, because they usually cost less and last longer, but sometimes we find that, for example, hiring earth-moving equipment might be faster and simpler than hours of backbreaking digging, and that being part of an online global community gives us access to the latest research and ideas that we could never come up with on our own..
It’s about focusing on solutions rather than problems and taking responsibility for ourselves.