Permaculture is best described
as ecological agriculture -it is the science of creating sustainable
natural systems for food production, and for an ethical lifestyle
in general. For a longer description of the principles of permaculture,
see the Permaculture
If you are interested in learning
more, then a number of organisations offer courses, including
, Patrick Whitefield
Associates, and Naturewise.
- Aryana Gardens
-Aryana offers teaching and design of Permaculture gardens, and
is co-ordinator of the Sustainability And Permaculture group
in East Devon, Dorset & South Somerset. He displays a clear
enthusiasm and passion for his lifestyle.
- Earthworks Trust
-a sustainability centre, situated in 55 acres of woodland on
the South Downs in Hampshire -they run courses and conferences
on a range of subjects from hedge laying to composting toilets,
and have their own hostel for visitors.
-house and garden design in Devon by Gale and Snowden Architects
-nice photos plus a history of permaculture by David Gale.
Institute for Ecological Agriculture -founded in 1993 in California by Farmer David
Blume as a non-profit membership organization focused on promoting
Permaculture and alternative fuels. Although based in California,
we have listed them for the range ofarticles and other useful
information on permaculture, and alchohol fuelled cars.
- Naturewise -offer a range of short and long permaculture
training courses on their forest garden in Islington, London
- Patrick Whitefield Associates -courses in Permaculture in Gloucestershire
and Somerset by Patrick and Cathy Whitefield (and friends!).
- Permaculture Association -huge rambling site with a directory of permaculture
groups, courses and general information on the subject -has a
good explanation of the principles of permaculture.
Farm -farm in Lydbrook,
Gloucestershire operating on permaculture principles and offering
courses on sustainable land use and permaculture design.
International Permaculture Conference -set to take place in May 2007 in Brazil.