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If you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, it’s likely that you’ve heard the word Permaculture. But what is it? Permaculture is an interdisciplinary design system that aims to create ecologically sound and viable agricultural systems. Its concept is rooted in its name, the word Permaculture is a conjunction of permanent and agriculture and/or culture. It is a design system that if maintained will be both sustainable and economically viable long term. The foundations of Permaculture are heavily influenced by the knowledge behind Indigenous and land-based cultures around the world, and how that knowledge intertwines with our modern sciences and technologies to create new ways of building resilient communities. Permaculture re-designs agriculture so that it works with nature and is unique and adaptable to local resources. That being said, a Permaculture design meant for a farm in California is going to be much different from the design for a garden here in Vancouver.
Permaculture is not only meant to strengthen the health/usage of the land, but also its practitioners. Permaculture also has to do with community culture, starting and maintaining a Permaculture garden/farm/forest involves building relationships with people. Practitioners should share resources, what they know from past experiences and support one another.
What’s great about Permaculture is that it can be used on a large and small scale. On a small scale, anyone can apply Permaculture to their garden/backyard/planter boxes. Village Vancouver (VV) has been applying Permaculture methods to our gardens and events. We have been connecting Permaculture enthusiasts by hosting workshops/potlucks where anyone can attend and share their experience with Permaculture. For those who want to be more hands on and gain some skills with Permaculture, VV has a Permaculture Demonstration at Aberthau park that is maintained by our amazing volunteers.
You can adopt Permaculture into your garden/daily life by applying the 12 Principles of Permaculture. Consider the Principles as ‘thinking tools’, and when used together, help to creatively re-design your environment and behaviours in a world of less energy and resources. This approach aligns with whole systems thinking.
For more information about Permaculture, you can refer to these links:
https://permacultureprinciples.com/ (this link touches on the relationship between Permaculture and Systems Thinking)
If interested in working with Village Vancouver check out our permaculture projects at Permaculture Village.