Permaculture and Soils

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Permaculture is a design system that gives us a more balanced life aligned with Nature, we know that we have a well-designed system when we have more co-operation, less stress and more fun, when we are eating good food grown in our own community, when we are paying less tax and when we are having more quality time off and celebrating life, these are all by products of good design where we are ultimately surrounded by Natural Abundance.” – Paul Taylor

Permaculture provides the framework for an overarching and complex design system for everything in life. Every component and aspect of our lives is in relationship with every other component and aspect of the world, and each has multiple functions. It is the links between elements that is a primary aspect of Permaculture – when the functions of elements are linked, it saves energy and turns random elements into integrated systems with mutualistic benefits.

After extensive and thoughtful observation and analysis, we can produce permaculture designs that take account of and plot the components of our lives and environment. Key design elements are drawn from: the landscape, our climate, our dwellings, our infrastructure, our communities, our co-operations, our primary relationships and our living practises. In Permaculture, individual components are mapped in such an order and alignment so as to produce maximum efficiency and production, with the least energy loss of any type in both the short and long term.

“Careful observation gives us information and knowledge, when we apply knowledge to our system it becomes a more intelligently designed system, each element in the system benefits from the application of knowledge gained by observation. We know we have achieved an intelligently designed system when it becomes less stressed and more productive, ultimately this means that our human relationships are less stressed and more abundant, this is the intention of good design.” – Paul Taylor

A Permaculture design continually evolves as the elements within it change, so rather than ever arriving at a completed picture, it’s something that is more dynamic, like nature.

Permaculture design systems reflect the patterns of undisturbed nature. For humans, it requires often a change of perspective to make a conscious alliance with Nature and adhere to Natural Principles. The spread and adoption of Permaculture as an underlying reference and code for how humans conduct their lives, provides the most likely assurance that we will continue to survive as a species on this earth. With these principles, ultimately, we can live in celebration of life, in balance with the environment surrounding us – rather than continuing to waste our lives and resources on the tragedies of aggression and exploitation.

Bill Mollison and David Holmgren founded Permaculture in Tasmania in the 70’s. It has since become arguably Australia’s greatest intellectual export with current estimates at 1 million + practitioners worldwide. We are greening deserts using Permaculture principles – and closer to home, certainly you can live more efficiently and enjoyably by simply modifying
a few of the ways you have learned to live. Whether you’re a householder, a back-yard gardener, a farmer, or you run a corporation, you can achieve higher production levels and reduce input cost simply by applying basic Permaculture practises. There is plenty of evidence that support this claim. Living ecologically doesn’t mean giving everything up, it means relearning the value of nature, understanding there are many roads to being wealthy and discovering what being wealthy means for you.

A broader scale adoption of Permaculture Principles will provide the way toward a sustainable and a more intelligent future for the world, a way of correcting a world that you could say is currently wobbling out of alignment, seemingly unnoticed by most its growing population.

At its core, Permaculture is founded on 3 ethics: Earth Care; People Care; Fair Share and 12 principles which relate to each other and are all considered when placing elements into a Permaculture design.

At Trust Nature, we design progressively with water, access, infrastructure and all the things that follow to enhance the developing system that saves work and cost over time. If we want to grow food, we focus on soil health and use agriculture to build soil fertility. The ultimate agriculture system is one that builds soil fertility as we improve production and reduce labour and input costs. This is Sustainable Agriculture.

By applying Permaculture Principles to something as essential as using agriculture to build soil fertility, we can grow high nutrient food at low cost, we include water management, bio-diversity, soil microbiology, using waste as resource, integrating animal and plant systems, and include farm forestry for multiple harvests. This means that we no longer have elements in isolation, but we are creating an integrated system with generational benefits. Our grandchildren are not just able to grow nutrient-dense, affordable food, but can once again choose the option of being an agriculturist as a meaningful lifestyle choice.

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