Eco Permaculture Movement = Live Healthier And Reverse Your Carbon Footprint on Earth
“Eco-Communities are human scale, full featured settlements which are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development and can be successfully continued into the indefinite future.” Robert Gilman
We care for people and for the Earth by learning and experiencing a holistic, sustainable lifestyle. We have a vision to become an educational center to serve the local community by promoting environmental awareness and sharing our experience & knowledge.
We are now at an embryonic stage to develop our own permaculture community by producing our vegetables & fruits. We already have an edible organic cactus orchard and fledgling food forest. We have also begun making our own compost and are now recycling plastics, cans, glass, & cardboard.
You may have heard of Permaculture before, without really understanding what was behind this word that encompasses many aspects. Here is a small overview to understand what permaculture is.
Permaculture can not be defined simply. It's a bit like asking you to define Life. How to define such a vast word with other words? Everyone perceives life differently, and this is the case for permaculture. It's almost impossible to define it correctly! Ask for the definition of permaculture from one hundred permaculturists and you'll have a hundred different definitions!
Some definitions of Permaculture:
Wikipedia: Permaculture is a systemic and holistic method of designing human habitats and farming systems inspired by natural ecology (biomimicry) and tradition.
Little Robert: Permaculture is a way of ecological planning of the territory, aiming at designing stable and self-sufficient systems.
Another definition without source: Permaculture is a science of designing cultures, places of life, and human farming systems using principles of ecology and knowledge of traditional societies to replicate the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems.
The three pillars of Permaculture:
- To define permaculture vulgarly, one could say that it is a way of acting and a way of apprehending life in a sustainable and logical way in interaction with life rather than life. Its three pillars are caring for men, caring for the earth and producing and sharing resources equitably.
- One of its goals is to make the land indefinitely fertile by considering the biodiversity of ecosystems. Permaculture is not an entity in its own right but rather a set of techniques, practices and behavior in symbiosis with Life and aimed at sustainable agricultural production. One of its fundamental principles is the saving of energy (fuel, mechanical work) as well as the sharing of surpluses.
- Consider the aspects of the land on which you will grow your fruits and vegetables. That's why permaculture uses notions of ecology, organic farming and landscaping. It is very attentive to the interactions between the seasons and the ecosystem so that it is sustainable. We should not take and analyze each element individually, but rather as a whole.
Permaculture aims at farming without environmental destruction and with minimal costs. The method of designing a permaculture system is done by apprehending the project as a whole. It can be practiced by anyone ,and everyone can develop their own system of principles. Field knowledge is refined to enrich the existing base.