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What is permaculture?

Next weekend we begin running our Permaculture Design Certificate. Unfamiliar with permaculture? This is a nice little clip where people explain what permaculture is to them.

As we have seen, permaculture means different things to different people, and people choose to apply its principles and processes differently. But essentially, it is 

a series of 12 principles underpinned by three values - care for the Earth, care for people, and sharing resources fairly - that can be applied to... anything!

Traditionally, permaculture was used to design food systems that mimicked natural systems but were more productive. More recently, we are seeing examples of permaculture principles and design being used in: architecture and building; city planning; designing businesses, organisations, and services; and all aspects of how we organise and live our lives.