Joseph Lofthouse wrote:What is permaculture?
Bill Mollison wrote:
The Prime Directive of Permaculture:
The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.
Make it now.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote: Why would permaculture be of use to me?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Who practices permaculture?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote: How can I modify my life to be more permaculture?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote: Where is permaculture of most benefit?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:What are the essential components of a permacultural farm? And community?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:My people have always taken care of the Earth and shared the surplus. What would the "ethics of permaculture" suggest we could be doing differently?
How is permaculture similar to or different from other schools of thought such as prepping, environmentalism, homesteading, back-to-earth, tree-hugging, druidry, etc...
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Is there a religious/spiritual component to permaculture?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:How militant are permaculturalists about the "right way" to do things? Is this forum the norm for peaceful co-existence among permaculturalists with different theories?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:If permaculture is a design method, what designs are arising, and how are they different than the designs of traditional farming families?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Do some design elements show up repeatedly?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:What's up with hugelculture and mulch?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Tell me about no-till and whether it's essential to permaculture...
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:How do I grow root crops without disturbing the soil?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:If I convert my farm to permaculture do I have to stop growing annual crops?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:How much more labor is permaculture going to require?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Is the ideal permaculture farm a food forest? Or a savannah? Or does that depend on climate and soils?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:How are permaculture and biodynamic similar or different?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Does permaculture advocate not using agricultural chemicals? Or other poisons? How about naturally derived poisons like pyrethrins, garlic, tobacco, or hot peppers.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote: Does a traditional garden kitchen have a place in a permaculture farm?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:There are sure a lot of forums at permies.com devoted to building houses... Is that part of permaculture?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Same observation applies to energy... How does energy use patterns fit into permaculture?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:How are sustainability, self-reliance, and permaculture related? How are they different?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Do I have to give up my truck to be a proper permaculturalist?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Do some permaculturalists practice it as a science while others approach it as a form of art?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote: While I'm on the topic, is the idea of a "Gifting Economy" common in permaculture thinking? I have always given away far more vegetables than I sell. Does permaculture have much to say about economics?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I've been participating in this forum for about a year. I don't yet have a good grasp of what permaculture is, or how I would modify my life to be more permaculturalish... So how about helping out a nube with a discussion about the definition(s) and practice(s) of permaculture... I'm most interested in learning about how permaculture might help me to better feed my community and care for my ecosystem. I'm a traditional farmer, meaning I do things the way they have been done for the past 10,000 years -- excluding the modern chemical farming that has only been practiced in recent decades. I'm deviating from the traditional farming model because I don't keep animals because I commute to the farm due to taking care of sick family. But I grow feed for the animals that my neighbors keep which I eventually eat.
First of all, feel free to add to this list... I may not even know enough about permaculture to be asking the proper questions...