Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Why I am studying to gain qualifications in permaculture

"Keeping house has always encompassed knowing and doing whatever is needed to make the home a small, living society with the capacity to meet the needs of people." ~ Cheryl Mendelson, 'Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House. -

As I understand it, the development of permaculture has been influenced by traditional regenerative farming systems and natural ecosystems. Permaculture also includes the use of appropriate technology. Permaculture can help me to establish a productive household, guiding me to establish systems to provide for food, material, and energy needs. It can help me to husband my resources, saving time and money whilst reducing my impact on the earth. Permaculture encourages cooperation, and through this cooperation stronger and more resilient neighbourhoods and communities can be developed. Through implementing  permaculture practices, I can move beyond being merely a consumer to a producer. This is why I decided to study to gain qualifications in permaculture.

To be honest, I see permaculture as the best solution that we currently have to deal with the issues we are facing today; climate change, peak oil, a global economy that is struggling, a widening gap between the very wealthy and the middle class, and so on.

Many people think permaculture is all about gardening, and food production is certainly emphasised. If  you stop to think, isn't gardening one of the simplest ways of increasing household resilience whilst reducing our impact on the environment?  However permaculture is really a design science for abundant living that is based on ethics and principles, it is complex and multifaceted. In future blog entries I will write more on the ethical guidelines, and principles that govern decision making in permaculture.

If you are someone who uses permaculture principles and systems please comment and share what permaculture means to you.


  1. Very well put Sherri. I believe that if we all transitioned to using permaculture principles, that we could save the world and as you say..live abundantly. I believe that permaculture puts us in harmony with nature and benefits not only us but nature as well. There is something to be said for the no-waste way of permaculture. Living in a throw away society, it would be wonderful to build on this no-waste ethic. Permaculture has so much to teach us, if only more people would be willing to learn something different, but something that works and with little, if any negative impact. It is adaptable to all regions and all homes. It builds communities into strong working bodies. I think we have barely tapped into all that permaculture can do for us and we, in turn, can put back.

  2. Thanks Brittany. I am really interested in the 12 permaculture principles and how by using them together one can create integrated systems that give better results for less effort. I feel reassured by the non-prescriptive nature of permaculture, because in our day and age who wants to be told “You have to do things this way.” I think it is the application of the principles to an issue or subject that reveals the best solution at that time for those circumstances, for that individual or group. Many seem to think that permaculture is just about gardening, but the transition town movement is a great example of how permaculture principles can be utilised in all facets of life. I was reading David Holmgren’s site this morning and came across this by Yves Cochet “Permaculture is not only another way to garden: it is another way of thinking about and acting on the world” This is the URL for that article http://holmgren.com.au/preface-french-edition-principles-yves-cochet/

  3. Thanks for the link. I agree, permaculture pertains to more than just garden design..it can be a design for how to live. That is one reason why the principles support the idea of "living deliberately".