In many ways, permaculture is a creative pursuit – practitioners are always looking for better solutions to problems, and those solutions usually rely on the generative powers of nature. At the same time, permaculture is a disciplined set of practices.
The center of the image below shows the three pillars of permaculture. In all their actions, permaculture practitioners strive to care for the Earth, care for people, and fairly share resources.
While these goals are self-explanatory, the twelve principles of permaculture – represented around the outside of the image – are a little more difficult to grasp. As the Northern Hemisphere heads into the winter season, That Blog will spend twelve chilly weeks exploring these principles. Then, as spring approaches again, posts will return to practical questions about how to apply these principles.