Permaculture Design Principles extend from the position that the only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.
By training individuals in a core set of design principles, those individuals could become designers of their own environments and able to build increasingly self sufficient human settlements – ones that reduce society’s reliance on Industrial systems of production and distribution that are fundamentally and systematically destroying the Earth’s eco system.
Elements of Permaculture Design
Permaculture Principles draw heavily on the practical application of ecological theory, to analyze the characteristic and potential relationships between design elements. These elements are then assembled in relation to one another so that the products of one element feed the needs of adjacent elements,
Synergy between design elements is achieved while minimizing waste and the demand for human labour or energy. Exemplary permaculture design evolve over time, and can be extremely complex mosaics of conventional and inventure cultural systems that produce a high density of food and materials with minimal input.
Relative location is about discovering the connections between elements and putting things in the right place to save energy. When we are designing a garden, smallholding, farm or village there can be many elements which make up the design: intensively gardened vegetable beds, chicken runs and house, ponds, water butts, greenhouses, an orchard, coppice area, out house conservation area, windbreaks, farm buildings.
Design is not purely about what to include on a site but how the different elements are connected. Interconnection is the key. It is important that elements interact positively and efficiently with each other and that they are randomly located. By making connections, we can save energy. create many functions for each element and recycled waste product.