Permaculture defies a soundbite definition. At it’s core, it is a design system and toolkit for creating edible landscapes that function like natural ecosystems. Taken a layer deeper, permaculture can be used to consciously design human culture that is ecologically literate and economically responsible.
Permaculture not a new concept; it was practiced by our ancestors who were actively engaged in their environments. A significant amount of permaculture thinking and practice has been heavily influenced by traditional indigenous patterns and practices.
The Resilience Hub’s work is grounded in the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share (and Future Care!). To learn more, see the resources below or consider coming in to The Resilience Hub to make use of our on-site permaculture library! Here is the catalog of our entire collection.
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Homescale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway [book] – This is a well-written book that makes permaculture very accessible to anyone with even the most basic of experience with gardening or design of any sort. It covers the basic concepts of permaculture as well as examples for any property size.
Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective [film; 90 minutes] – This 2015 film is one of the best examples of visual media that helps answer the questions “What is permaculture?” and “Why should I care?” It helps explain the complexities of permaculture design and creates a stunning visual tour of applied permaculture examples in the United States with a focus on the Northeast US. Highly recommend.
Books – See Lisa’s Permaculture Bibliography