Why start with: what permaculture means? Because many people don’t know what does it means and a lot of people thinking that is the normally agriculture that hasn’t nothing different and that you are crazy because in this time of crisis, catastrophes and war you think only in the nature and have some lush vegetables in your garden…but permaculture or synergistic agriculture, whatever you want, is not only a method to work the soil and have the lush and sane vegetables but it’s above all “take care of the people”.
Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design which develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained horticultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. The core ethics of permaculture are:
- Take care of the earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply. This is the first principle, because without a healthy earth, humans cannot flourish.
- Take care of the people: Provision for people to reach those resources necessary for their existence.
- Share the surplus: Healthy natural systems use outputs from each element to nourish others. We humans can do the same. By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.
Permaculture design emphasizes patterns of landscape, function, and species assemblies. It asks the question, “Where does this element go? How can it be placed for the greatest benefit of the system?” To answer this question, the central concept of permaculture is maximizing useful connections between components and work together (synergy) of the last design. The focus of permaculture, therefore, is not on each separate element, but rather on the relationships created among elements by the way they are placed together; the whole becoming greater than the sum of its parts. Permaculture design therefore seeks to reduce waste, human labor, and energy input by building systems with maximal benefits between design elements to meet a high level of synergy. Permaculture designs evolve over time by taking into account these relationships and elements and can become extremely complex systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.
Well, I hope that the situation is more clear now and if the links left in the earlier post let you intrigued, in the next I will bring concrete example of how we decided to reinvent ourselves by putting everything in the game for a project of life.
Last August, with some friends, we decided to buy this house and put it back. The house have 1000m2 of land and a rural house of 300m2, it’s huge and we have a lot of work to do!
The works have not yet started, for obvious bureaucratic reasons but we’ll show you how to build a synergistic ortho and what will be its results over time. Proving that even without working or tending the earth, the fruits are borne healthy and lush. Also, we want to install a little B&B so the people interested in this practice that want learn to work the soil in the better way, can be stay with us and learn. The work is hardly but…we can do it! More information about our efforts in the next posts…
“Fukuoka has started an agriculture revolution that can be considered the first reform agronomic existence of agriculture.” (cit)