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http://resilienthomes.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/permaculture-deconst...

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Comment by Joe DiMeglio on March 22, 2011 at 3:58pm

That is a good article and I feel the author's pain with regards to the word "sustainable". It does get overused quite a bit and used to greenwash things with. Too bad there's not a word that sums up the phrase "Relative to the Carrying Capacity of Earth over time" or something similar. Fortunately, most peole in the transition circle understand it's meaning in context, and in that context, it is a good word for summing up these concepts.

 

I also like the idea of Permaculture as Bio-Mimicry. There's actually a new branch of science called biomimicry and a site called biomimicryinstitute.org which is really cool. The Lab Coats are finally catching on!  Why struggle to create a workable design when all you have to do is observe and copy Nature? 

 

 

Comment by Keith Mastenbrook on March 22, 2011 at 11:28am
I agree, this is a good introductory overview of Permaculture, which doesn't need to be so mysterious or only the realm of those who have "drunk the kool-aid",  Anyone interested in pursuing the subject further will find Toby Hemenway's book, Gaia's Garden very useful for the homeowner scale, and David Holmgrens' book, Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, for a much deeper discussion of Permaculture theory.  The Permaculture Design Course is a very worthwhile study for people who really want to get active in the Permaculture field.  Here at Sustainable NE Seattle we have a Permaculture Design Guild (Group) that affords us the chance to share our interest in Permaculture, and it is open to all interested people, including beginners.  Currently the guild is meeting to study the recently published book by Martin Crawford, Creating a Forest Garden, in conjunction with the Edible Hedge project at Meadowbrook Community Garden.  Once this series is completed next month, we will be opening up this study circle again.  I encourage anyone interested in any of these books to join the Permaculture Design Guild and you'll be notified of upcoming events.
Comment by Joann Kerr on March 22, 2011 at 9:43am
Thank you for that article. It was very helpful in my understanding of permaculture since i am not a trained permaculturist.

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