Permaculture principles, in our own words
1. Slowly Observe Interconnections
Take time to fully observe the site and understand ALL of the ways (from macro to micro) that the pieces connect. See patterns.
2. Mimick & utilize ecological interconnectedness through Stacking Functions in design
Integrate for whole systems design. build upon already present ecological diversity, and when designing new elements, ensure that they are placed to provide as many functions as possible within the system.
3. Use analysis to design zones that are efficient & follow the flow of natural energy patterns
Conserve energy by designing from the ground up & center out. Use edges to create order between zones and to provide protection, microclimate & resources. Use succession in this process to time-scape the landscape.
4. Whether your system is urban or rural, large or small, build it in a scope that is maintainable and bio-intensive
Begin slowly and build your resources on site (generate biological resources and cycle them on the property.) Be wise and let nature do the heavy lifting. If you have lots of space, plan well, so that the space is manageable, yet flow zones together and interconnect them. Let the earth teach and guide you. Match resources to use and vise-versa.
5. Use redundancy to build systems of safety/resilience, abundance, & even overflow
Use renewable resources, catch & store energy, place things so that you can obtain the highest yield.
6. Produce no waste and recycle abundance/ overflow to those who need it
Waste not, want not. Set your Attitude And ethics as priorities. Let the problem be the solution. in closed loop systems, there is no waste.
Replenish the system, replenish one another
To create closed-loop circles & cycles, replenish, replenish, replenish, so that the cycle truly is enduring. Through energy cycling, building and using biological resources, regenerative practices, and stacking functions, there should be plenty of overflow to replenish the land and the community
7. Edges are the containers, sculptors, protectors, providers, and harmonizers between spaces. Build, understand, and value them for all of these uses.
8. Nurtured creativity = unlimited abundance
Cultivate relationships that nurture innate abundant creativity! As we each uncover and re-discover our natural state of connectivity and creativity, fed by inspiration from each other and the living earth, we become designers of the highest caliber. Mimic nature's ability to turn sunlight into art, food, fiber, medicine, and shelter. Doris Day said: Beauty saves us. Design it, be it, make it, do it.