1. caring for each other
2. caring for the planet
3. learning to set limits on excess
that probably sounds a bit nebulous, huh? remember this if you remember nothing else ... permaculture is NOT about gardening or how you grow your veggies. permaculture is much more than that .... it is about a way of living, of engaging with our world and living your life in a way that integrates rather than separates.
i want to say straight up that i see permaculture as a truly biblical thing that at it's core has a Divine Creator who made a world that we could live in and that we need to be wise stewards of. but i don't want to get lost in that conversation right now .... it's a great one, trust me! but right now, let's focus on what permaculture is, as a definition.
a lot of the outwardly facing aspects of permaculture focus on the earth and how we exist in relationship to it and a basic word called sustainability. so let's talk about that a little. Geoff Lawton, Bill Mollison are well known Australians who basically started the global acceptance of this this called permaculture (PERMA = permanent and CULTURE = people living .... so a permanent sustainable way of living. this is of course in opposition to the non-sustainable, wasteful way that our world is going.
if you look at the world through the "permie" coloured glasses, you ask how we can re-use rather than throw away (no matter how simple throwing away seems to be)? you try your best to live a life that closes the loop on our waste and recycles as much as possible in a way that is productive in your own lives. and yes, you grow your own veggies and have chooks. but you companion plant your veggies and look into things like vertical gardening and aquaponics (in contrast to hydroponics). you live by the seasons. and your chooks .... well, they take top billing as they not only give us yummy eggs, but they eat the scraps and waste from our kitchen and make amazing poo that fertilizes our gardens and helps make great soil to grow our food in (closing the loop on waste!). and lets not forget about solar power and water tanks!
now, if you are like me .... when i first got into sustainability and permaculture the cool stuff seemed to be the gardening (hey, permaculture developed the NO DIG garden <g>) ... and i love the way everything relates and interacts and supports each other .... so this is the guy who really motivated me ... and inspires me to continue on the path of the true blue "permie" ..... enjoy!