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Permaculture

Permaculture

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Permaculture
Permaculture
- means permanent agriculture, designing ecological human habitats andfood production systems. Includes energy-efficient buildings, waste water treatment, recycling,and land stewardship in general.
Characteristics of Permaculture :
1.
 
M
ost holistic, integrated systems analysis and design methodologies found in the world.2.
 
Can be applied in any ecosystem, no matter how degraded.3.
 
Incorporates sustainable agriculture practices, land management techniques andstrategies from around the world.4.
 
Promotes organic agriculture which does not use pesticides to pollute the environment.5.
 
Aims to maximize symbiotic and synergistic relationships between site components.6.
 
Urban planning as well as rural land design.7.
 
Site specific, client specific, and culture specific.
App
lications of Permaculture
:1.
 
T
echnologies advocated :-
 
solar and wind power-
 
composting toilets-
 
solar greenhouses-
 
energy efficient housing-
 
solar food cooking and drying2.
 
Farming systems and
T
echniques associated:-
 
Agroforestry-
 
Swales-
 
contour plantings-
 
Keyline agriculture-
 
hedgerows and windbreaks-
 
integrated farming systems
 
3.
 
Gardening and recycling methods associated-
 
edible landscaping-
 
keyhole gardening-
 
companion planting-
 
trellising-
 
Sheet mulching
E
thics of Permaculture :
1.
 
Care of the
E
arth-
includes all living and non-living thingsplants, animals, land, waterand air2.
 
Care of Peo
p
le-
promotes self-reliance and community responsibilityaccess toresources necessary for existence3.
 
S
etting Limits to Po
p
ulation & Consum
p
tion-
gives away surpluscontribution of surplus time, labor, money, information, and energy to achieve the aims of earth andpeople care.
Princi
p
les of Permaculture
:1.
 
O
bserve and Interact - By taking the time to engage with nature, we can designsolutions that suit our particular situation.2.
 
Catch and Store Energy - By developing systems that collect resources when they areabundant, we can use them in times of need.3.
 
O
btain a yield - Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work thatyou are doing.4.
 
Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback - We need to discourage inappropriateactivity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.5.
 
Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services -
M
ake the best use of naturesabundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewableresources.6.
 
Produce No Waste - By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available tous, nothing goes to waste.7.
 
Design from Pattern to Details - By stepping back, we can observe patterns in natureand society.
T
hese can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as wego.

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