12 Principles of Permaculture

12 Principles of Permaculture: More Than Gardening

12 Principles of Permaculture

1. Observe and Interact
2. Catch and Store Energy
3. Obtain a yield
4. Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback
5. Use and 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 Solution
10. Use and Value Diversity
11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal
12. Creatively Use and Respond to change

These are the 12 design principles of permaculture. Give the list a few minutes to soak in. Pile all those principles on top of the 3 ethics of Permaculture.

1. Earth Care
2. People Care
3. Return of Surplus

Can you see how this would create a beautiful lifestyle? This is not just about gardening.

Our lives are becoming more and more negative as a culture. I have no desire to focus on the negative. You don’t need told what those points are.  How can we become a part of the positive solution.

Let me slow down for a minute. If you are a prideful conservative person that believes there are no issues going on in this world. We are only here to take and profit. We are to subdue the earth and take what we need. … if this is you, I’m not talking to you (yet). You are not ready to be a part of the positive solution.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you are a bleeding heart liberal that believes the world is falling apart and government is the solution. You buy all the right light bulbs and hybrid cars. Your consumption of brand name fluffy coffee drinks is high on your priority list. I don’t believe you are very interested in a real solution either.

I grew up conservative and have lots of conservative values. This isn’t about politics however. This is about being real with the world around us. There is no question that we as humans have an affect on the world around us. Yes even to our climate.

More Than Gardening

Think about this. In my area citrus does not really grow well. We are just a bit north of where the citrus grows really well. However I can create a nice little niche corner that catches sun and stores that energy to grow citrus without a greenhouse. This is called a micro-climate. Have you heard of that?

Ok, think about this. If I can create a little positive micro-climate in favor of citrus, Do you think I can create a negative micro-climate? Of course I can. The size of our affect isn’t limited to little corners of yards and farms however.

We Do Make A Difference

Humans are a powerful force! We will affect our own environments. This will happen whether we intend to or not. With that in mind, I want to be a positive force. We have a choice.

Some suggest that humans are the problem. Eliminate the human race and the Earth is on its way to recovery. This is not true. We are part of an important ecology. The harm that we cause is due to ignorance or selfish pride. Geoff Lawton says “I think we need all the people we’ve got, in a positive mode. As negative as we are we can be as equally positive.”

Reflect on the 12 principles and the 3 ethics above. Reflect on your own systems (mind, spirit, family, home, balcony, yard, neighborhood, farm). Reflect on where you spend your energies. What energies do you capture, store and use? How much waste do you produce? Where does it go?

I’m not righteous. My guilt is pressed into the fabric of our existence just like yours. There have been many choices made that were selfish and harmful. Some of them I knew better and didn’t care. We will never be perfect, but we can stop, reflect and take a step in the right direction.

I love you. I probably do not know you, but I love you. It would be wonderful for you to join with me to be a positive force in this world that we have to live in. Start right where you are. Make the change right where you are. Together, in time, we will make a positive difference.

Help make a difference in the life of an 11 year old boy. Read Heart Felt Food. Maybe you are the one that has the right connections to influence positive change in that small town.

The 12 Principles of Permaculture were taken from this site: http://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/


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