Next weekend my colleague and I begin running a Permaculture Design Certificate at our work. Unfamiliar with permaculture? This is a nice little clip where people explain what permaculture is to them.
I think that permaculture means different things to different people, and people choose to apply its principles and processes differently. But essentially, it is a series of 12 principles underpinned by three values – care for the Earth, care for people, and sharing resources fairly – that can be applied to… anything!
Traditionally, permaculture was used to design food systems that mimicked natural systems but were more productive. More recently, we are seeing examples of permaculture principles and design being used in: architecture and building; city planning; designing businesses, organisations, and services; and all aspects of how we organise and live our lives.
The permaculture course we are running at my work will take place over the next year – there are 12 modules (approx. one a month) and for each one I will be writing a summary post about. Details about the modules are here.
In the meantime, some of my favourite permaculture resources are:
- Essence of Permaculture booklet by David Holmgren, one of the founders of permaculture (the booklet is also available in other languages)
- David Holmgren on how you can change the world with permaculture 5 minute video
- www.permacultureprinciples.com website, which offers an amazing introduction to permaculture, and has some super resources.