Permaculture is quite simply the art of living our lives in harmony with natural systems.
It is a methodology of designing sustainable living systems which provide for all of our needs in a way which does not negatively affect our environment. We do this by following Nature’s example, and working with Nature rather than against it. Producing instead of consuming, and ensuring all our activities are ‘closed loop’, recycling all waste on site and converting it into useful products and services.Permaculture starts with three ethics: Care for the Earth, Care for People, and Fair Share, or return of surplus.


Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.

It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people — providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.

Geoff Lawton
Permaculture Designer and Teacher, Permaculture Research Institute, Australia