Permaculture was developed in the '70s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in response to soil, water, and air pollution by industrial and agricultural systems and a destructive economic system. They studied existing traditional societies and their ancient wisdom, skills & knowledge of plant, animal, & social systems. Bill and David added new ideas and permaculture was born.
Many of the parts of permaculture were familiar and had been used before. What Bill and David added was an overall interlocking pattern that was radically different. Modern agriculture systems are often focused on productivity, and how to get the most of one type of plant out of a specific area. Permaculture is based in ecology -the study of inter-relationships, and the interdependence of living things and their environments. It also factors human settlement into the picture. The result is a new way of sustaining and enriching life without environmental degradation.
What Is Permaculture?
Permaculture is about designing sustainable human settlements. It is a philosophy and approach to land use that weaves together microclimate, plants, animals, soils, water management, and human needs into intricately connected, productive communities. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people, providing for their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual material and strategic components in a pattern that function to benefit life in all its forms. The philosophy of permaculture is one of working with, rather that against nature. Looking at systems in all their functions, rather than asking only yield of them, and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own functions.
Here at Fuente Verde we have followed these principles in the design and implementation of our community. We also give tours to visiting students from abroad and from this area. Certified Permaculture courses can be scheduled upon request.