What Is Permaculture?

I thought it would be useful, as an organisation which has permaculture at its core, to give a basic explanation of permaculture.

At conception, permaculture was a contraction of ‘permanent agriculture’, really driving at the idea of a sustainable system of crop growth, one which takes into account inter-related internal and external factors and how they inter-relate.

However, since it’s initial conception, permaculture has caught on, and as it has, people have applied the concept to many different areas of life, from growing food to banking, from education to domestic chores; the modern concept is one of considering wider inter-related (internal & external) factors with a focus on sustainability.

This, very broad, philosophy can be interpreted and applied in many ways; the Permaculture association says:

“Permaculture combines three key aspects:

1. An ethical framework

2. Understandings of how nature works

3. A design approach”

And Permaculture Magazine describes permaculture like this:

“1. Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living.

2.It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.”

To bring this into how TreeThinker operatres, our understanding of permaculture is that it is the implementation of agricultural techniques and design processes which work with nature to be sustainable, not only in terms of local food growth but also in terms of the wider ecosystem.

If you want to know more, you can try one of the books in our ‘Top 3 Permaculture Books For Beginners‘ section.

Written by TreeThinker

Tea / Permaculture / Technology I'm an engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) specialising in the sustainable application of appropriate technologies. I'm a keen environmental advocate and I run TreeThinker; converting former cattle grazing land in West Oxfordshire into a rich, permaculture farm. I also deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building and using renewable energy technologies.