What is Permaculture?

The key to permaculture is: cooperating with each other and with nature for abundant living.

Current Problems

In Australia we are experiencing difficult times. The cost of living is rising. There is a huge disconnect within our families and communities. We have limited access to fresh and organic food, or it is only available to a select few. We have alarming childhood obesity statistics, and we face drought and extreme weather conditions that wipe out entire food supplies with increasing frequency. These are issues of peak everything and the development of enterprise to the detriment of future generations. These are serious problems and people are losing hope, creativity and their “can do” attitude as they feel powerless to solve the world’s problems. The reality is they can start in their own yard or even balcony! It’s all possible. Do you want to be part of the solution?

The Permaculture Solution

Permaculture offers simple solutions that you can easily get involved in at home. It teaches you to make the most of free resources such as the sun to grow your own organic and nutritious food and to heat your home. Permaculture is a design system that works with nature, rather than against it, requiring less work to produce real results.

With the cost of living increasing, many are finding the price of fresh organic produce unattainable, but this need not be the case. Through the principles of permaculture, you can grow your own nutritious organic food at home for much less than supermarket prices. You will learn to eat seasonally and locally (you can’t get much more local than your own yard!), and reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the distance travelled by your food. Instead of eating produce that has been in cold storage for months, you will also enjoy the freshest ingredients, picked as you need it and full of nutrition. The bonus is that it’s fun, it feels right and it tastes great.

Permaculture is for the whole family. Involving children in growing fruit and vegetables will get them excited to try the produce. They will connect with their food and learn about it at a whole different level. You may even find them going through the garden eating all your tomatoes and snow peas before you get a chance to pick them! Not only will they enjoy the delicious nutrition, but they will learn about where real food comes from, and how to tell when food is ripe to pick and eat.

Permaculture is also about connecting people. Working together in the garden can be a wonderful bonding time for the whole family. Local permaculture groups are a great place to meet with other like-minded people in your community as you connect, share ideas and tips and even swap excess food and recipes. It naturally builds connections between people as a by-product.

Permaculture also teaches how to strengthen your plants by building up healthy soil, making compost and mulching so that the gardens are drought tolerant, hardy and even pest resistant. By encouraging the right diversity of life into your garden you will strengthen the system without the need for chemical pesticides or fertilizers – your organic garden will almost look after itself!

At our Introduction to Permaculture course and other short courses you will learn these simple principles through a blend of theory and practical application, along with tips and creative design ideas from our experience and research. We look forward to starting you on your journey to a healthier and happier future for you and your family.

How did Permaculture start?

Permaculture was founded by two Australians, David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in the late 1970s, at a time of rapid growth of destructive industrial-agricultural methods. They saw that these methods were poisoning the land and water, reducing biodiversity, and removing billions of tons of topsoil from previously fertile landscapes. The concept was defined in Permaculture One in 1978. Permaculture grew rapidly when Bill Mollison wrote Permaculture Two and The Permaculture Designers Manual, the later providing the basis for the Permaculture Design Certificate Course.