Permaculture Design/Characteristics

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These are all common characteristics that you will find in Permaculture systems. Each system will be unique as the conditions of climate, soils, aspects, culture, time & energy resources will guide its design & development

  • Small scale land use. By using the least possible area, marginal land is preserved in, or returned to, natural ecosystems.
  • Diversity of species & cultivars (types of plants) yields, microclimates, habitats, functions social roles & work.
  • Interweaving of agriculture, animal care, forestry, aquaculture, (water food systems), wilderness management, foraging, economics, culture, & land form engineering (such as dams).
  • Use of wild & domestic plants & animals. Rare, endangered & indigenous are included.
  • Uses the natural ways of plants, animals & their relationships to the characteristics of landscape to create environmentally safe sustainable agriculture. This means energy & biological resources including water & soil, are conserved rebuilt, self-regulating & self- repairing.
  • Long ~ term sustainability. Permaculture systems can be designed to adjust to environmental changes.

To sum it up in a few words:

  • Diverse
  • Interwoven
  • Multi layered
  • Conservative (of resources!)
  • Self-regulating
  • Self-repairing
  • Low inputs
  • High yields