Directory of Permaculture

Directory of Permaculture is here to provide basic information about permaculture to beginners, stakeholders, neighbors, and curious members of the public who want to understand what permaculture is and what it's all about.

If you're a gardener, an environmentalist, an architect, an urban homesteader, or just a curious soul who heard the word "permaculture" and took the initiative to look it up - we're glad you're here.  This site is just for you.  Start here, or keep reading for some inspiring examples of permaculture in action.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a philosophy and a lifestyle choice that embraces working with, rather than against, nature.  Permaculture can solve many of civilization's biggest problems.  That might sound like a grandiose statement, but it's happily true. 

Here are just a few of the things that permaculture is already doing today: ​

Converting acres of barren desert into lush, fertile gardens and orchards.  This is a repeatable process that has been tested in Jordan, China, and the United States. 

Reducing landfill waste by 75% and more - for private homeowners, businesses, and entire communities.  Permaculture is doing this all over the world.

Harvesting rainwater on urban lots to restore the water table.  1/8 of an acre can harvest more than 100,000 gallons annually.  Demonstrated in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Building a financially and ecologically sustainable model for farming lots as small as 1/4 of an acre.  Demonstrated and documented in Normandy, France.

Developing simple carbon sequestration techniques that can restore our atmosphere to 350 parts per million carbon dioxide.  Demonstrated in Veracruz, Mexico.

Heating greenhouses in far northern climates with no external energy sources.  Demonstrated in Quebec, Canada.

There's no gimmick, no catch phrase, and no signature sound byte.  There's no cult to join, and no fee to pay.  There is very little centralized organization in permaculture.  There are just millions of people around the world working in small groups to tackle very big problems.

The principles of permaculture can be applied to any design; whether a garden plan, a house plan, or a city plan.  They can be applied to plants, animals, and ecosystems.  They can be applied to windows, roofs, and appliances.  The can be applied to resources and workflows.  And, boy oh boy, can they ever be applied to food!

If you'd like to learn more, you can start here or just browse through the​ different sections below:

Directory of Permaculture

What is Permaculture?

Learn about the governing principles of permaculture, and answer all of your questions regarding what permaculture is all about.

Permaculture Concepts

See the practical ways that permaculture capitalizes on the abundant resources that exist naturally all around us. 

Permaculture Resources

Find resources to learn more about permaculture including books, magazines, videos, online trainings, forums, and more.

Permaculture Personalities

Learn about the people who have powered the permaculture movement.  From the early founders to today's most influential innovators.

Permaculture Institutions

Permaculture research, development, and education institutions around the world.  Find out what's available near you.

Sitting at our back doorsteps, all we need to live a good life lies about us.  Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants surround us.  Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos.

Bill Mollison Introduction to Permaculture