Permaculture is a design approach to regenerating ecosystems, creating just and peaceful communities, and thereby increasing permanence in human culture. With an ethical framework and the principles of the natural world as guidestones, Permaculturists ecologically produce food, create shelter, store water, design economic and governance systems, and meet human needs through ecological design. Those who practice Permaculture well are deeply engaged with the natural world and have embraced a living systems paradigm. With decades of development and growth, Permaculture offers a leading environmental and social transformation approach.
We owe a debt of gratitude to indigenous and traditional land-based peoples all over the world. Permaculture is heavily influenced by people who live close to the earth and have demonstrated continuous inhabitation amid biodiverse ecosystems. As we strive to live appropriately on earth, we offer thanks for the development of skills, keeping seeds, and sharing of worldview and wisdom.
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the term Permaculture Design in 1978 as a contraction between the words permanent and agriculture, later coming to mean permanent culture.