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Permaculture
Permaculture is a form of whole systems design based on the sustainability of natural systems, seeking to reproduce that sustainability in our living environment. Permaculture designs differ based on climatic factors, bioregion, organizational goals, personal preferences and other factors. It can hence be said that permaculture is, at its core, a set of thinking tools, in particular towards awareness of context, threats and opportunities.

Though it was developed out of sustainable agriculture, permaculture design is hypothetically applicable to any field of human endeavor. The very term "permaculture" itself was first used to mean "permanent agriculture," it is now applicable to all realms of design and is now considered to mean "permanent culture".

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Arcata Educational Farm
Organic farming is the form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, compost, biological pest control, mechanical cultivation, and other techniques using natural processes, to maintain soil productivity and control pests. Organic farming excludes or strictly limits the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and livestock feed additives. Genetically modified organisms are excluded, and organic standards in Britain and Australia exclude engineered nanoparticles.

"Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved..." -- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

Organic standards
  • The land must be free of prohibited substances for 3 years prior to organic farming.
  • Seeds should be organic but right now the use of some non-organic seeds is permitted.
  • The use of genetic engineering, sewage sludge, or ionizing radiation is prohibited.
  • Weeds are controlled with management practices and lots of work.
  • Garden pests are handled with integrated pest management practices which include biological, physical, and mechanical controls.
  • Some organic pesticides are permitted.
  • To maintain soil fertility organic farmers use methods such as: crop rotations, cover crops, animal manures, compost, and diversity in crops.
  • Some organic fertilizers are permitted.
Wild Chick Farm

Recent winners of the $25,000 Economic Fuel award. Wild Chick Farm pecks ahead on local sustainable chicken raising.

Bill Mollison talking about the future.
Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. The word itself is a contraction not only of permanent and agriculture but also of permanent culture, as cultures cannot survive for long without a sustainable agricultural base and landuse ethic.

Bill MollisonW, Introduction to Permaculture
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Projects, courses and organization articles: Agroinnovations Bolivia · CCAT remediation zone · CCAT's Vermicomposting Bin · Chicken Tractor (Optimized Construction and Design) · Community Currencies Workshop · Corn Cob Charcoal Crusher · Global Food Swadeshi Project · Kiva's straw bale greenhouse · Liberation Ecology Project · Micro filter dams at Pedregal · Hydroponic Vertical Garden at Sembradores Urbanos · OSU Permaculture Group · The panya project · Transition Towns · Permaculture courses and course materials · Potawot swales · Small greenhouse rainwater catchment · Terraces and ditches at Petegral · Wild Chick Farm · Willow and blueberry guild


Other articles: Appropriate technology villages · Beginners permaculture garden · Biointensive Farming · Chemical fertiliser production · Chickens · Community Currencies · David Holmgren · Easy-to-grow plants · Ecovillage Training Center · Edible perennials and self-seeding annuals · Emergency permaculture · Humus · MESS (Micro Environment Subsistence System) · Monte Cerro Solar Power Village · Old Growth Cellar rainwater catchment · Permaculture Demonstration Center in San Andres Huayapam · Permaculture garden in Cook County · Permaculture in Denver Colorado · Sepp Holzer Permaculture · Soil · The Unplugged · World Help Training Center ·


Related portals: Food and agriculture · Construction and materials · Green living · Energy · Solar · Transport · Water · Rainwater harvesting

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