Permaculture. Perma-what?

In addition to produce delivery, Citizens of Earth offers permaculture design and edible landscaping. If these are new concepts to you, here's a little permaculture 101:

Ethics, Design and Science

Permaculture: an ethical science with design principles for sustainable systems. Termed in the 1970s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, it aims to meet human needs while also regenerating the environment.

3 main ethical principles: care for the earth, care for the people, return of surplus to earth and people.

12 design principles: 

  • Design from patterns to details
  • Integrate rather than segregate
  • Use small and slow solutions
  • Use & value diversity
  • Use edges and value the marginal
  • Creatively use & respond to change 
  • Observe and interact 
  • Catch and store energy 
  • Obtain a yield 
  • Apply self regulation & accept feedback 
  • Use & value renewable resources and services 
  • Produce no waste

Why should you care?

David Holmgren explains how permaculture can change the world. 

As discussed in our last post, the world is facing a massive quandary in sustainability. Permaculture is unique in that it focuses on creating a sustainable surplus rather than producing enough to get by. It means not only a sustainable world, but a vibrant, thriving, alive, magnificent, intermingling of human and earth coexisting and growing together peacefully, simply and happily. By incorporating permaculture into your own life, you can be a part of a greater positive change. 

Adopting Permaculture is easy

Even in small spaces, the principles of permaculture design can be utilized. Here are a few easy ways: 

  • Capture and store sunlight with a window garden to produce a variety of vegetables indoors. 
  • Maximize and interact with space by planting vertically, on walls, balconies or stoops. 

 

Incorporating permaculture in the garden: 

  • Choose plants native to your area 
  • Rebuild and protect soil 
  • Mimic the structure of a forest 
  • Maximize edges because they're the most productive area. Incorporate curved edges, for example. 
  • Create microclimates-differences in temperature, shade and humidity-to protect plants from the elements. 
  • Foster symbiosis by choosing plants with compatible roots 

Large scale permaculture designs: 

  • Edible landscaping: a productive garden designed with beautiful landscaping makes for the best of both worlds. 

 

  • Food forests: designed and managed ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity and productivity, producing food for the community and providing habitat for wildlife. 

 

Permaculture in action in los angeles: a must see video

Ron Finley's work in revolutionizing how we think about food production is truly inspirational and is a testament to the power of permaculture design in communities. Permaculture is truly a manifestation of health, happiness and harmony.