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What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design approach that respects the balance of nature, while producing enough food to support the community. It can create reliable, sustainable systems for all animal and plant communities at a given location.

Bill Mollison & Julious Piti
Julious Piti and Bill Mollison at the IPC 2011 in Jordan

Permaculture was developed 30 years ago by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Tasmania. This method has spread across the world ever since, and its application has been essential to creating truly sustainable ways of living. Permaculture teaches fundamental concepts that are applicable to almost all aspects of life, and that create sustainable and future-proof systems.

One of the main pillars of permaculture is subsistence economy - in the sense of a self-sufficiency which enables farmers to produce their own food, creating and using renewable resources, and caring for the environment. In this way, these economies form the basis for healthy families and communities.

Permaculture is one of the most effective methods to empower people in the developing countries to take control of their own life in a sustainable way.
And after some start help, it creates systems that will function well without external support.

Permaculture prinicples

Learn more about the guiding principles of permacultural design on the following websites:

UK Permaculture association
Detailed information about the principles and ethics of permaculture, both theoretical and practical.
Overview of the ethics and principles of permaculture as developed by David Holmgren. Holmgren recently evolved the original principles to make them applicable to any aspect of human interaction.
Permaculture, A Design Science
article by Bill Mollison in which he discusses how permaculture is a design science.

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Extra Information

Current events

1-5 August 2012


Julious Piti will be holding a workshop at the 11th European Permaculture Convergence in Kassel (Germany).

25 July 2012


Santa Fe (USA): Julious Piti will hold a lecture, "From Africa with Love", on sustainability and permaculture in Africa.

23 June 2012

Global Resource Alliance's 10th Anniversary Celebration

featuring Julious Piti as a special guest
21 June - 19 August 2012

Julious Piti on tour

in the USA and Europe

Permaculture resources online

Learn more about permaculture!

Permaculture applied

Explore other projects in the region to see the positive impact of permaculture.