Permaculture means: Permaculture was created by Australians Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, and is both permanent agriculture and permanent culture. Mollison and Holmgren, along with their collaborators, documented a method for designing human settlements. They included the creation of perennial agriculture systems, which mimic natural ecosystems in terms of structure and interdependence. Mollison 1990. Permaculture principles are based on the belief that we must take full responsibility for our existence as well as that of our children. It was intended that individuals would be able to design their environments, and create more self-sufficient settlements by learning a set of core design principles. This will reduce the dependence on industrial production systems and distribution, which Mollison claimed were fundamentally and consistently destroying Earth’s ecosystems. Permaculture was originally developed as an agroecological design theory. However, it has gained a wide international following through two-week intensive ‘permaculture course’ training. The original Mollison teachings are still being followed by this ‘permaculture group’. They integrate a variety of cultures through trainings, publications, gardens and forums. Permaculture is now both a system of design and an undefined philosophy. (in Community Dictionary, added by Rebekah Trujillo)

What else does Permaculture mean?

  • Perennial agriculture is a system that emphasizes the utilization of natural resources as well as the enhancement of local ecosystems. (in AZ Dictionary)