Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape, people and appropriate technologies, providing food, shelter, energy and other material and non material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture is a philosophy and an approach to land use which works with natural rhythms and patterns, weaving together the elements of microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, water and soil management, and human needs into intricately connected and productive communities. (Bill Mollison)
Permaculture offers an appropriate approach to food production, urban renewal, water, soil, and energy and pollution management. It integrates ecology, landscaping, organic gardening, architecture and agro-forestry in creating a rich and sustainable way of living.
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution