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What is Permaculture?


Cherry Tree Permaculture Ltd.

Rick Hatch

Penticton, BC


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Simply put, permaculture is a design system which supplies all our needs and benefits the environment.


Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent  agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.


Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.


The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own



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