What is permaculture farming? If you aren't already familiar with the basic ideas of permaculture, you might want to start with this simple introduction.
Permaculture farming refers to any farming activity that abides by the 3 core tenets and 12 foundational principles of permaculture. Permaculture farms are designed and planned according to the guidelines of permaculture design.
Permaculture farms are different from other types of farms in that there is no official application, review, or certification process for permaculture farmers. There is no official seal, stamp, or symbol for permaculture farms - and there is no governing body.
Government-regulated programs like USDA Organic, EU Organic, and other regional non-governmental programs like Certified Naturally Grown have very specific requirements for certification. The process to do this can be prohibitively expensive for some small farming operations. And the policies required may or may not be consistent with the principles of permaculture.
Permaculture farms and certified organic farms are not mutually exclusive. A certified organic farm can follow permaculture principles, or not. And farms that follow permaculture principles can apply for organic certification, or not.
It is likely that anyone operating a permaculture farm has completed a Permaculture Design Certification course (PDC). But this is not a requirement and there is no guarantee.
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” - Masanobu Fukuoka
The only requirement to operate a permaculture farm is to learn the core tenets and design principles of permaculture, and then operate your farm accordingly. Here are some common features and practices that are commonly used in permaculture farming:
In addition to these few techniques, many permaculture farms employ permaculture gardening methods. For a more detailed description of these and other methods, see our list of common permaculture concepts.
Hopefully this brief overview has answered your questions about permaculture farming. If you're interested to learn more, you'll find a wealth of more detailed information across this site, including helpful resources, and a small but growing list of regional institutions all around the world.