What is permaculture?

Permaculture encompasses both larger principles and practical solutions in an approach to design that works with nature. If we look at natural systems, we see resiliency, connections, and diversity. Similarly, each element of a permaculture design influences the next in abundant, functional, closed loop systems. Permaculture design not only encourages healthy relationships between humans, insects, plants, wildlife, soil, food, and the environment — it also teaches people to take care of each other and the Earth by creating a legacy that helps leave the world a better place.

In practical terms, permaculture doesn’t just mean homesteading with animals and growing organic vegetables — it means looking at how each component in a landscape is connected and works together as a sustainable whole.  

Design by Paige Payne, our resident permaculture expert.
Design by Paige Payne

Some common benefits of permaculture include

  • The ability to grow your own healthy and organic food.

  • Reuse of available resources on your site turns waste into abundance. Save time, save money, and reduce waste!

  • Design and create outdoor spaces that are healthy, functional, and economical for humans, animals, plants, insects, and the Earth.

  • Increase meaningful connections with friends, family, community, and the land.

  • Support species diversity and preservation.

  • Build creative and efficient structures out of local sustainable materials

  • Create unique designs that allow you to interact with your outdoor space and understand your local ecosystem in more depth.

  • Get outside and enjoy nature!