Using PERMACULTURE for a Sustainable Future - Pro Landscaper Magazine USA

Using PERMACULTURE for a Sustainable Future

by | May 4, 2022 | Design, Environment, Landscape Architecture, Maintain

Lori Hawkins, RLA, ASLA

As Americans, we tend to be know mostly as consumers.

As Americans, we tend to be known mostly as consumers. Having a completely self-sufficient lifestyle, responsibly utilizing the Earth’s resources to produce our own food seemed to be second nature to past generations. Currently, there is a renewed interest in returning to these past principles. Efficiently using our resources to create a harvest without waste or damage to the land is the basis of the practice of permaculture.


The term “permaculture” was defined in 1978 by Bill Mollison as:
“The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural
ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and
non-material needs in a sustainable way.”


The principles of permaculture are very common sense and exciting for the eco-responsible gardener. Let’s explore them further:

  1. Observe and interact with the land
  2. Catch and store energy
  3. Use and value renewable resources and services
  4. Produce no waste
  5. Integrate rather than segregate
  6. Use and value diversity
  7. Use edges and value the marginal
  8. Creatively respond to change

Each of these are defined further in the original articles – see link below

Permaculture practices can allow for better use of your land’s resources and create a bountiful harvest while reducing waster for years to come! A wealth of information is available on the USDA’s website at https://www.nal.usda.gov/legacy/afsic/permaculture

Here is the link to the original article:

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