In association with The Northern School of Permaculture
Humanity are custodians of the land, somewhere however we have lost our way. In forgetting who we are, disconnecting from our relationship with ourselves therefore with the land itself. We have lost sight of our North Star, in so doing consumerist greed, destruction, pollution and neglect of our beautiful mother earth has taken root Its time to pull up this weed and permaculture can teach us how.
The ethos of permaculture reminds us to abide by three principles; earth care, people care and future care based upon living within parameters of sustainable resources.
What is Permaculture?
“Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. The word itself is a contraction not only of permanent and agriculture but also of permanent culture, as cultures cannot survive for long without a sustainable agriculture base and land use ethic. On one level, permaculture deals with plants, animals, buildings and infrastructures (water, energy, communications); however, permaculture is not about these elements themselves, but rather about the relationships we can create between them by the way we place them in the landscape.
The aim of practising permaculture is to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute and are therefore sustainable in the long term. Permaculture uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life-supporting system for city and country, using the smallest practical area.
Permaculture is based on the observation of natural systems, the wisdom contained in traditional farming systems, modern scientific and technological knowledge. Although based on good ecological models permaculture creates a cultivated ecology which is designed to produce more human and animal food than is generally found in nature”.
from Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison
“One of the most important things about permaculture is that it is founded on a series of principles that can be applied to any circumstance – agriculture, urban design or the art of living. The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things”.
from Sustainable Revolution; Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms and Communities worldwide by Juliana Birnbaum Fox
Native Americans held but two laws, the first that everything came from woman, that is the womb space, the universal void. The second was the Children’s Fire. This law, value, guiding light is needed now more than any other time in our human history. Tim Macartney explains Native American connectivity and love for the earth, their children and sustainability.