What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a simple way to live sustainably.

“A design system for sustainable living and land use based on universal ethics and design principles” David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture

“The harmonious integration of landscape and people, providing their food, energy, shelter and other…needs “ Bill Mollison, co-originator of Permaculture

Costa (Gardening Australia) watering food plants on the verge

Why Permaculture?

Because permaculture is a holistic discipline that can be applied to any area of your life… housing, transport, economics or basic food growing.  Permaculture focuses on systems and design approaches rather than ‘cookie cutter’ solutions, so it is flexible and can work anywhere. You can use permaculture wherever you find yourself and apply it to any challenge or opportunity that is before you!

Permaculture Values and Principles

There are three ethics which have been underpinning Permaculture since the publication of Permaculture One (1978). They have been expressed in slightly different ways over the years but are now often summarised as:

  • Earth Care
  • People Care
  • Fair Share

Similarly, different sets of Permaculture Design Principles have been promulgated by different permaculture trainers. In the 1990’s, Mollison produced a set of design principles focusing on landscape, farm and garden design. Holmgren produced a set in 2002 which had broader application to all areas of life. Both sets are widely known and used.

David Holmgren's Permaculture Principles