Today in class we learned about Permaculture. According to the PermaculturePrinciples website, Permaculture is “a creative design process that is based on ethics and design principles. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.” 

Here are some perfect examples of using the principles and ethics behind Permaculture to organize your garden. In these gardens there is no wasted space. Each section has a specific purpose.

Since our class is based on a very similar idea, we had a big discussion on the topic and tried to find ways to include these ideas into our projects. By using mainly found objects and the earth within the garden, each team will create a new element to add to the garden. The purpose of Permaculture is being able to apply the ethics and principles to your everyday life. It helps us with the transition from “being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.”

Here are the 12 Principles behind Permaculture:

Principle 1: Observe and interact
Principle 2: Catch and store energy
Principle 3: Obtain a yield
Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback
Principle 5: Use & value renewable resources & services
Principle 6: Produce no waste
Principle 7: Design from patterns to details
Principle 8: Integrate rather than segregate
Principle 9: Use small and slow solutions
Principle 10: Use and value diversity
Principle 11: Use edges & value the marginal
Principle 12: Creatively use and respond to change

Here’s a wonderful video on Permaculture Ethics and Principles:

You can also follow their blog here ( to explore more about their principles, ethics, and how you can be involved.

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