Permaculture Design is a holistic approach to designing ecological systems based on natural patterning and traditional knowledge that provide for people, give back to the earth and distribute abundance fairly. Permaculture Design focuses on the integration of elements within systems to create synergies and increase overall resilience. It begins with observation and assessment in order to identify the ecological needs and potentials of the landscape and the needs and desires of stakeholders, or stewards of the land, to find a balance between the two.
Permaculture is a coined term meaning permanent agriculture or permanent culture. These systems are intended to become long-term examples of cooperation between people and the land around them. This harmony creates agricultural systems that regenerate our lands and help rebuild our culture by bringing people closer to nature. The goal is to design systems that are low maintenance and high yielding – gardens and farms that provide a bountiful harvest of nutrient dense foods, build diverse ecosystems and create a society rich in natural wealth.
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