Wednesday, February 13, 2008

What exactly is permaculture?

By Beki Filipello

You may have run across this buzzword in gardening and sustainability circles, it's a contraction of “permanent” and “agriculture” and/or “culture.” Permaculture aims to create productive ecosystems that are both regenerative and self-regulating. It grows out of common ethical principles - care for earth; care for people; car for community. The term was coined back in the '70s by a couple of Australians named Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, to describe a system of sustainable ecological design, based on observing patterns in nature.

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