What Is Permaculture?

Lesser goldfinch enjoying amaranth seeds.
Lesser goldfinch enjoying amaranth seeds.

The term permaculture was coined in the late 1970’s by Bill Mollison, author of the Permaculture Design Manual.  Mollison used the term to represent methods of growing and living that have been used world wide for centuries, and which now mostly have been abandoned since the introduction of chemical-based living.  Permaculture teaches how to design your property to manage rainwater, stack functions so that each element works with the other, how to feed your soil rather than your plants, cut your costs considerably, and so much more.  Permaculture is simple, inexpensive compared to modern gardening practices, and provides abundance. Every year there is better soil, better harvest, better habitat, cleaner and more abundant water, cleaner air, more efficient energy usage and so much more for so much less.  Mollison says that in permaculture, 99% of your effort should be in the design, and 1%  in the labor, which is the opposite of the way gardens and homes are set up now.  If you are working too hard, your design needs adjustment.

I truly feel that the only way to help curb the downslide of our environment is to show homeowners how to stop using chemicals in their yard and home and live organically.


  • Hal A Linebarger

    Looking to design and plant trees and plants on 3 1/2 acres. Part of it is on a 30 to 40 degree hillside and portions of the land is on 10, 20 and 25 degree hillside. The property was all avacado trees, but we cut them down and a few have sprouted up from their trunk.

    Hal & Sharon Linebarger

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