Not too long ago, I was searching for something to fulfill myself. Ever since returning to the US from being stationed overseas with my now, Veteran husband, I have felt pretty empty. Changing from that military lifestyle back to civilian has been a huge challenge.
While searching for something more, I found OSU's website for Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). Boy howdy, there is so much cool stuff going on there! So many learning opportunities! I came across, the Permaculture Design Course that I am currently enrolled in!
Permaculture? What is Permaculture?
Let me tell you, I had NEVER heard of it before coming across the course on the OSU's PACE website. Even through my studies, and being 4 weeks into the 10 week course the exact definition still evades me, but let me tell you what it means to me. Then I'll give you the text book definition.
Permaculture is a way of life that can probably save the future. Permaculture teaches us how to mend the earth in a way that can sustain ourselves, our friends, our animals, wildlife, and everyone and everything else around us.
The "real" definition is somewhat fluid, to be honest, there are a few different definitions around the web but, I will share with you the one said by one of the Founding Fathers of Permaculture, Bill Mollison.
Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems, which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems
However, permaculture is much more than just that itty bitty little definition. There is so much to permaculture that it is hard to even fathom, for me. It was helpful to find this little bit of information from Never Ending Food, because I still even feel overwhelmed trying to explain it.
Permaculture looks at everything we do in life and tries to make it sustainable for many generations to come. Much of this sustainability is achieved by imitating what we see in nature. Organic farming does this with practices such as compost making, mulching, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). These practices mimic what we see happening in forest systems and with human ingenuity we are often able to mimic these processes and even speed them up a bit. Organic farming is a part of Permaculture, but not the whole part. Permaculture is much more than an agricultural system, it is a system of living. The agricultural component of Permaculture tries to meet all of our needs as humans (i.e. nutritious foods, building supplies, medicines, fibers, etc.) by designing systems that mimic the way that natural systems work, such as those we see in forests. To achieve this, Permaculture uses a design tool known as a guild.
Thank you, Never Ending Food! I honestly couldn't have said it better myself! So, as you can see, there is a lot to Permaculture!
I'm Adrienne! Stay tuned for my adventures in beginning homesteading.
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