Permaculture the new culture

Posted on February 25, 2011


Permaculture is the ‘new’ culture of sustainability, although the concept has been around since the 1970’s.

The word Permaculture developed by its founder Bill Millison,  is the meaning of portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture.

The meaning in basic terms is the provision of food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way, with the philosophy of working with nature rather than against it.

The approach to permaculture is of a holistic nature to basic needs of humanity, combining the harmonious integration of landscape and people.

Marlena Bloomfield interest began several years ago when she studied permaculture through the BlackHeath institute of Permaculture.

“Today my involvement is daily on a personal level and anyone who has attended this course will change forever and in a good way.

It means that you come away with a different viewpoint which is what is what is required to heal the planet,” said Ms Bloomfield.

Communities can get behind the importance of permaculture by beginning to change creature habits and start to consciously think how their actions affect the planet.

One way of becoming aware of the implications we have on our environment is to take the Carbon Footprint test online, this can certainly be a wake up call for many.

Ms Bloomfield feels people can become further involved in permaculture by self-education, completing the Permaculture Design course, teaching others and turning into an activist; become aware.

“Simple things such as planting your own fruit and vegetables, always recycle and even consider selling your own produce to the community is a great ways of being a part of permaculture,” said Ms Bloomfield.

The essential rule so the tale is told,  if it is recycable, then recycle and become more aware of the damage our world faces each day.