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Permaculture, what exactly is it?

Found this link-
https://www.permaculture.org/nm/index.php/site/index/

I see watershed restoration referenced on the home page as well as mention of sustainable farming and gardening. Looks very interesting.

Also found this-
https://www.permaculturenow.com/

editing to add-
Found this "blog"-
https://www.permacultureactivist.net/intro/PcIntro.htm
Will read it all in the next few days sometime.

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You can do permaculture programs at local colleges and universities as well as at horticultural centers. It's a huge topic and I just use it in my garden but, it gets into designing houses and even sustainable urban development.

There's a catch phrase in there: "sustainable development" that gets thrown around by government a lot but, if you look into the permaculture basis of sustainable development, it really has some positive aphorisms.

But, seeing as this is a gardening site: I'll stick to gardening.... check out your local library as well. Lot's of info there, I think I told you this already but, the bible for permaculture gardening (in my opinion) would have to be Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway. Definately worth a read, I read it from one of my University's smaller librairies and then bought it. I always see it on tables at local organic and heirloom gardening and plant symposia. So, see if you library has it, I think that if you look at other books they will be more theory related rather than practical uses of permaculture in the garden

And if anyone else knows of any other good books of websites on the topc please share them with us!

Thanks a million for starting this thread Lorax, I personally love having you here at the HG!

Incidentally, if anyone uses facebook: there is a permaculture group in there.

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This site is from Canada but, I think you'll still find it useful:

https://permaculturecanada.ca/joomla

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Let's see if you still love having me here after I stumble upon a good worm thread :0

I'm glad to be here. Topics can veer off track, there's idle chatter, light hearted joking, some silliness, and you still get to talk plants and critters! I've been a member of the listserve for several years maybe 7 or 8. Incredibly, I've posted all of once a year if even that. Many simply don't seem to have a sense of humor and I simply will not get involved in their flame wars.

For wildlife gardeners, it is now widely accepted that there are actually 5 basic habitat elements not 4-
food
water
cover
places to raise young
AND
sustainable gardening practices

This is one of the reasons why I'm most curious about permaculture. It's that sustainable gardening practices appearing associated with permaculture. I'll be most curious to learn their working definition of sustainable gardening practices.

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I personally think that the bible amongst home gardeners for permaculture is Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway.

And for those who live on the west coast of North America from Oregon up the Coast to Northern British Columbia; A year at the Garden Path by Caroline Heriot is a great book.
I heard today that Caroline is now the Pres of the Horticultural Center of the Pacific but, that doesn't have anything to do with her book.

A step by step guide to organic gardening and permaculture techniques from Jan to Dec.

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This is a great addition!! Thank you, Mr Webmaster!!!!
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I'd rather be gardening!

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Don't forget to thank The Lorax as well, she was the one who raised the idea with our webmaster.

:wink: :wink:

Thank you Lorax and Grand Webmaster!

Opabinia

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Thanks to Lorax also......this is an interesting subject. And in my opinion goes hand and hand with organic gardening........etc.

Here's an interesting link:

[url]https://www.churchofdeepecology.org/permaculture.htm[/url]
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Ohhhhhhh, nice link!

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Yep, borrowed it from G ;)
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Did you get a chance to start reading that free online book yet? I sort of "leafed" through it but have every intention of going back and reading it page by page.

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Went book shopping this evening and couldn't remember the name of that permaculture book- Gaia's Garden.

[url=https://www.chelseagreen.com/2001/items/gaiasgarden]Gaia's Garden[/url]

Will have to try to pick that up next time.

Did pick up a few others but that was the one I wanted and couldn't for the life of me remember the title or the author. Bummer.

I have one book on chicken coop construction. Flipped through it and found some very interesting design ideas that are making me re-think my original ideas for raised bed vegetable gardens.

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I had a crash course in permaculture when I worked for a preschool in Atlanta. They were (still are) redesigning the playgrounds to facilitate the outdoor environment as "third teacher" for the kids, and they intended it to be a permaculture playground. They still seem to be using mostly native plantings. But the permaculture idea just didn't work out, I think partly because of expense and partly because of the demands of a center for young children (water features can be a hazard, tons of plants are poisonous or harmful, and kids chew *everything*, etc.) But it was a great experience working on the project, and I think it's going to turn into something remarkable even if it isn't true permaculture.

Meanwhile, it got me thinking about permaculture at home (though, so far, thinking is about all I've done). Glad to see this forum!

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I was gone for a bit and purchased the Gaia's Garden book at a botanical garden I visited. It was there... in the gift shop calling to me from the shelf at a deeply discounted price because it had been the display copy. The book was telling me to buy it so that someday I might move beyond the "thinking about it" phase.

I have the book, must make time to read it now. Most unfortunately there were a few other books on the shelf calling out to me to buy them and Gaia's Garden in 4th on my "to read" list right about now.

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I do now have the Gaia's Garden book and admittedly won't have time to read it until next winter but ran across this other suggestions-
'How to Make a Forest Garden' by Patrick Whitefield

Anyone read this?

Just for the heck of it, anyone ever read 'The Rural Living Handbook' by the editors of Mother Earth News?

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Stumbled across a really interesting interview with a woman from California on permaculture-
https://www.ecotecture.com/library_eco/interviews/livingston_p_1a.html

I think you'll not only enjoy but be able to appreciate her definition of permaculture.

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Well well well Lorax. So you're into permaculture too???

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Chowmom! Well hello there!

Just getting into permaculture this year because of joining here but I am a wildlife gardener so the two seem to go hand in hand. Wait till you see the tomatoes lining my driveway and they're in 5-gallon buckets (gasp)! You will fall over having a grabber. Some of them are as tall as me! All but the sausage look like the epitome of health. I haven't a clue what went wrong with the sausage but it's hanging in there and all the other sausages friends were growing from the same tray are in tomato heaven. I've also got edibles growing in almost every ornamental concrete planter. The one hanging basket I have will also be an edible next year. A member named Jess found a good tomato for baskets so I'm going to try that one out.

It's my intent to give a few neighbors who like to worry about property values something to talk about. I'm going to buy 3-5 chickens. I done got me blueprints for a chicken coop to keep them safe from the coyotes, hawks, and cats around here. My husband is just shaking his head.

Have you any native seed packs you would be in a position to share with any new members gardening in the IL/IA/IN/WI areas?

Say, you gotta read the 'One Straw Revolution'!

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OK. I just ordered the book. Looking forward to it. In fact, I just placed a rather large order on Amazon for a bunch of related books. Just need to read them. Have had Gaia's Garden for a couple of months but haven't opened it. Too busy fighting the War of Weeds here.

BTW. Anyone in the Chicago area. There is an all day permaculture seminar and tour being held this Saturday in Downers Grove. There is a couple living there that have converted their entire yard over. Cost is $35 for the seminar or $85 for the seminar and tour. More info at:

https://www.midwestpermaculture.com/NowickiTourDay.php

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If you're going, I'll meet you there. We're back as of tomorrow. Hopefully it won't rain. Are we still able to register this late in the game or is this a pay at the door type deal?

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OK, here's another interesting read-
'Permaculture: the Incredible Shrinking/Expanding Garden'
https://www.ojaigarden.com/2008/07/permaculture_the_incredible_sh.shtml

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This thread has given me an interest in permaculture; I had never heard of the concept before. TheLorax, I followed your link to'Permaculture: the Incredible Shrinking/Expanding Garden'
[url]https://www.ojaigarden.com/2008/07/permaculture_the_incredible_sh.shtml[/url]and found the Bill Mollison & Permaculture, Full Video link
[url]https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3162503821561656641[/url] which was quite informative. I did not finish viewing the video and when I went back to it the video was not available. However, I was able to view each part. I am including the link to part 1,
[url]https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3327395368389797993&vt=lf&hl=en[/url], incase this happens to anyone else who'd like to view this video. You will then be able to view each part individually. Thank you for this informative topic! WOW!!! This forum is a wonderful place to learn and make new friends!
cherlynn

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so permaculture . . .

is essintially looking at horitculture form a holistic viewpoint? Is that correct?

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You could say that, but maybe a little more than horticulture.

I like to just look at the word itself

Permanent Agriculture
Permanent Culture

What does it take to change our agricultural practice to something that is truly permanent, sustainable FOREVER?

What does it take to do the same for all of human culture?

These are the questions I ask myself every day.

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Nice to have perspective from down under, birthplace of the artform...

Any thoughts on going permie on an urban scale, Nick? I've only got about a third of an acre, with neighbors on both sides, so small and unobtrusive are sort of watchwords here...

Thanks for being part of this,

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scott, in the permaculture design course i took, folks talked a fair amount about that interaction between one's land they're practicing on and the neighbors...i feel like, for those parts where that interaction takes place, it's good to feed the neighbor in some way, draw them in and make what you're doing seem attractive...whether you're just feeding them beauty, with a multi-purpose nectary area (which may well have food for you that many a neighbor wouldn't recognise), or berries or somesuch, planted with giveaway in mind...

just a thought.

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Re: Permaculture

[quote="TheLorax"]Permaculture, what exactly is it?

Check out books and courses by Bill Mollison - the man who coined the term 'permaculture'.
It is a sustainable way of life that can be applied not only to your garden,but entire communities.
The basic idea is that sustainable systems should be based on the principles of nature and use less energy than they produce - Bill himself calls it lazy gardening. It is a self-sustaining system, just like natural forests.

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