Want to be a Permaculture Designer
or Design Sustainable Gardens?
A permaculture system is a unique landscape where all the plants and animals live in balance in a self sustaining ecosystem. Permaculture has an ethical approach to designing land use and community systems, to provide food, ecological habitats and other essentials needed for human survival. Learning to develop plans for permaculture systems (ie. a unique landscape where plants and animals live in a balanced and self sustaining ecosystem) is a crucial part of the permaculture process.
The term 'permaculture' comes from the words 'PERMAnent' and 'agriCULTURE', and implies the permanence of culture. The term was first devised in 1978 by Bill Mollison (an Australian ecologist) and his student David Holmgren.
It embraces three main ethical principles as follows:
- "Care of the Earth" - this includes all living things and non living things which together comprise the environment (ie. animals, plants, land, water and air).
- "Care of People" - permaculture systems should be developed to promote self reliance and community responsibility.
- “Fair Share” - set limits to consumption and reproduction, and redistribute surplus - pass on anything surplus to an individual's needs (eg. labour, information or money) in an attempt to pursue the above aims.
“Implicit in the above is the 'Life Ethic': all living organisms are not only means, but ends. In addition to their instrumental value to humans and other living organisms, they have an intrinsic worth."
As such Permaculture stresses a positive approach and an attitude of cooperation, with respect to the environment and all living things.
ACS is a member of the Permaculture Association (UK) and the Alternative Technology Association (Australia)