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Conference: Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations? Topic: Presenter: Andy Pressman Location: Online Date: 2014-04-29 Registration Info: This webinar provides an analysis of the differences between nonprofit and commercial urban farms, and is based on research conducted by researchers at NYU, Penn State, and NCAT-ATTRA. Registration Link: Posted: 2014-04-10 16:02:00 More Workshops >> Conference: Entering the Institutional Food Market Topic: Presenter: National Center for Appropriate Technology Location: Butte, Montana Date: 2014-04-25 Registration Info: This workshop will provide information and technical assistance for Montana food producers-- farmers, ranchers, and food processors-- interested in accessing the institutional market. Registration Link: Posted: 2014-03-13 14:47:43 More Workshops >> Home Page: NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project

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Permaculture Principles

Permaculture Principles

Permaculture is a creative design process that is based on ethics and design principles. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics. By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers.


Permaculture Permaculture is a branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design that develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.[1][2] The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture" [3] but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture," as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka's natural farming philosophy. "Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system." - Bill Mollison [4] History[edit]