What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a design practice for developing regenerative human communities that support
the needs of the people while maintaining an environmental quality that supports and
enhances the unique biological resources and
plant and animals communities of the region.  
By recognizing the intrinsic characteristics of
our place, we can develop designs for human life
that optimize our resources and respond to
limiting factors creatively. 
Good stewardship leads to positive futures. 
Permaculture design begins with observation and an awareness of the context.  An understanding of ecology informs the resources and relationships of the environment.  In permaculture design, we mimic natural patterns to develop intentional ecologies that can support human life.  Each place has unique resources that can be used in a regenerative manner to provide shelter, collect energy, and generate a surplus.  Good stewardship of waters and soils leads to regenerative agriculture.  We can provide for human communities and wildlife at the same time.  Thoughtful design, ecological literacy, and an understanding of the context of a place leads to beneficial stewardship. 
Permaculture Design can be applied at various scales from the home garden to city block to village to farm.  It is an ethically based whole-systems design approach that uses concepts, principles, and methods derived from ecosystems, indigenous peoples, and other time-tested practices to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, Permaculture design is interdisciplinary, touching on a wide range of subjects including regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, architecture, and international development.