Toby Hemenway: Explaining Permaculture

June 2, 2014 at 10:25 am 1 comment

“Permaculture” is a word fast gaining adoption in (and beyond) the agricultural and gardening worlds.

But what exactly does it mean?

When asked, many of our readers have a fuzzy sense, at best. So, we’ve asked one of the top experts in the permaculture field, Toby Hemenway, to provide an ‘everyman’s’ overview of the philosophy, science and best practices of the craft. His book, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture has been the world’s best-selling permaculture book the past 8 years running.

At its essence, permaculture is about understanding and appreciating how systems naturally operate, and combining those systems in intelligent ways to accomplish intended goals, sustainably.

And while it’s mostly applied to food production and land management today, the principles of permaculture make just as much sense for our economic, energetic, social and other systems.

Full description of this Toby Hemenway interview with Adam Taggart HERE>>

Entry filed under: Permaculture.

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  • 1. bettyjo  |  June 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Reblogged this on living on a green thumb and commented:
    Here are some great thoughts from Toby Hemenway, an expert on permaculture. There are some great things to glean here, especially some general principles that could be applied to almost any situation. I really love the way he stays away from absolutes and formulas and focuses on general ecological concepts.



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