Introduction to Permaculture

Permaculture is a design system that can be used to design anything but is mainly used to layout and plan farms and gardens in a highly evolved ecological way. There are many great resources on the internet about permaculture but many contain a lot of fluff and lovie dovie type stuff. I am going to do a series of articles describing key ideas, concepts, people, and practical applications of principles.


Permaculture was developed in Australia by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s. Permaculture is a portmanteau of permanent agriculture, and permanent culture. The whole idea is to try to create systems that don’t deplinish resources but actually add value back into the system. Below are a few lists of things I will write articles about.


  • Core Ethics (set of 3)
  • Design Principles (set of 12)
  • Designing from Patterns (herb spiral, keyhole beds, sheet mulching)
  • Zones
  • Layering
  • Guilds
  • Edge


  • David Holmgren
  • Bill Mollison
  • Sepp Holzer
  • Geoff Lawton

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