Principles of Permaculture

  • Nature is the ultimate designer and ultimate teacher. Living systems show a creative order that seemingly arise out of entropy.  We must work with life rather than against it.

  • Whatever we take, we must return.  Material cycling forms a basis for the stability and richness of sustainable ecosystems.

  • One makes the least change for the greatest effect.  The placement of elements relative to each other results in ‘beneficial mutualism’ that increases overall function.

  • Diversity forms the basis for redundancy, which under flux results in readjustment and stability.

  • Every element has more than one function; every function is achieved by more than one element.

  • Successful site design arises out of marrying the land’s unique attributes with a human response that protects nature’s capital, takes only what is needed and shares any surplus.


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