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Permaculture is a topic that is very personal to most students who have invested the time to obtain a PDC or Permaculture Design Certification. With that in mind, the following is only a simple introduction to this globally and personally impactful subject.
Evidently critical are the practices of Permaculture.
A practice of ethics and principles working within the natural systems of our world. A practice that allows us to contribute a positive approach to our lives, our farming and gardening as well as the planet.
Ecology would be a familiar term in science that brings all of this into perspective. How we as human beings can work with and benefit nature as well as our earthly environments.
Self care and care of others. Holistic change. Positively reinforcing community and compassionate living. Sharing of ideas, time, teaching, coaching, collaboration. Sharing food, living spaces and and other resources. An indigenous perspective would be the care of the seven generations.
Conservation of our natural resources, self-regulation, and the return of excess natural resources. Donating, reduced consumption of fossil fuels and non-renewable materials. Regenerative farming, economies, attitudes and perspectives.
Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Matt Powers, Erik Ohlsen.
Geoff Lawton, Brock Dolman, Byron Joel, Alan Savory, Peter McCoy.
Elaine Ingham, Nicole Masters, Ray Archuleta, Bill Zeedyk, Van Colthier.
Joel Salatin, Rob Avis, Javan Bernakevitch, Diego Footer.
JM Fortier, Curtis Stone, Didi Pershouse, Peter Donovan.
Walter Jehne, William Horvath, Stefan Sobkowiak, Mark Shephard.
John D. Liu, Daniel Lawton, Darren Doherty, Neal Bertrando.
Eric Toensmeier, Scott Pitman. Princess Basma bint Ali.
Protective layer. Broken up skin. Protects from the force of rain impact while reducing evaporation. Regulates temperatures. Without this layer there will be crusting.
Carbon and water highways of the soil.
Home for soil aggregates, organic matter and nutrients. Important for water infiltration.
The cottage cheese area of the soil which can be diminished by over grazing.
This is what Walter Jehne refers to as the "nothing" you want to add to your soils for air, water and life to intermingle in a healthy environment. Without these spaces soil will become anaerobic.
The neighborhood around plant roots which feed the soil microbiology proteins and sugars and in turn give nutrients back to the plants. Elaine Ingham refers to these as "cakes and cookies". Heavy tillage such as what is done every day in conventional farming destroys this ecosystem that creates healthier and more nutrient dense plants and food.
The worm sphere.