Imagine a Permaculture World
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture mimics nature. Permaculture is a functional design system that supports sustainable permanent designs. These designs may be for many systems including: agriculture, housing, community and financial development. These designs include all living organisms and support the connection of all life. Permaculture is an ethical system, stressing cooperation.
Permaculture in concept has three ethics:
CARE OF THE EARTH.
CARE OF THE PEOPLE.
RETURN THE SURPLUS BACK TO THE WHOLE.
Whereas Permaculture ethics are more akin to broad moral values, the principles of permaculture provide a set of universally applicable guidelines, which can be used in designing sustainable habitats. Taken from many disciplines-ecology, energy conservation, landscape design, and environmental science-these principles are part of any Permaculture design, in any climate, and at any scale. The following is a list of these principles.
The Principles of Permaculture Design(Mollison)
PERMACULTURE AXIOMS LAWS AND DIRECTIVES: Whatever we take, we must return.
THE PRINCIPLE OF STABILITY: It is not the number of diverse things in a design that leads to stability, it it the number of beneficial connections between each component.
ETHICS TOWARD NATURAL SYSTEMS: Implacable and uncompromising opposition to further disturbance of any remaining natural forests. Vigorous rehabilitation of degraded and damaged natural systems to a stable state. Establishment of plant systems for our own use on the least amount of land we can use for our existence. While providing an establishment of plant and animal refuges for rare or threatened species.
PRACTICAL DESIGN POLICIES: The systems we construct should last as long as possible and take the least maintenance. These systems, fueled by the sun, should produce not only their own needs, but the needs of the people creating them. Thus they are sustainable, as they sustain both themselves and those who construct them. We can use energy to construct these systems, providing that in their lifetime they store or conserve more energy than we use to construct them or to maintain them (This is REAL accounting, what is the REAL value).
DEFINITION OF SYSTEM YIELD: System yield is the sum total of surplus energy produced by, stored, conserved, reused or converted by the design. Energy is the surplus once the system itself has available all it needs for growth, reproduction and maintenance.
THE ROLE OF LIFE IN YIELD: Living things, including people, are the only effective intervening systems to capture resources on this planet and to produce a yield. Thus, it is the sum and capacity of life forms which decide total system yield and surplus. This is a call for more richness and more variety in our systems.
LIMITS TO YIELD: Yield is not a fixed sum in any design. It is the measure of the comprehension, understanding and ability of the designers and managers of that design. We are open to the guidance of our Divine Source, so there is no limit to the design.
526 SE Bayshore Dr,
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
Wed: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 1:00pm
SPRING WORK HAS BEGUN: Our parties are always weather permitting.
Bring any tools, gloves and laughter you can muster up, music is on site.
We need organic-non GMO seeds, trowels and if anyone would like to donate flowers to plant we would love it!