permaculture is the philosophy that one needs to be self sufficient and self reliant in order to be free. It is the opposite approach from modern economic culture in the sense that it is the pursuit of seeking to create and obtain the greatest benefit from a sustainable system that is seen to be the highest order of achievement. Whereas previously we used labor to generate nourishment, and in the industrial age we used fossil fuels to do the same, in contrast, in the "permaculture age", it is information -- and specifically information about how to create self-perpetuating systems, that provide positive benefits that thus can sustain man, and these are seen to be the real jewels of our social advancement.

The key design principles are:

  • 1. Observe & Interact
  • 2. Catch & Store Energy
  • 3. Obtain a Yield
  • 4. Apply Self-regulation & Accept Feedback
  • 5. Use & Value Renewable Resources and Services
  • 6. Produce No Waste
  • 7. Design From Patterns to Details
  • 8. Integrate Rather Than Segregate
  • 9. Use Small and Slow Solutions
  • 10. Use and Value Diversity
  • 11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal
  • 12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change


Find out more about the permaculture principles.

Or read this book: Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability -- by David Holmgren which covers all the core design principles and permaculture as a design / system science which can be applied to agricultural as well as all other human system: economies, personal life, business, politics, communities, etc.