With this system, the goal is to create a stable, productive system that will provide for the humans needs, while integrating the land and its inhabitants. This approach also includes the processes of plants, animals, nutrient cycles, climate and weather cycles. The inhabitants needs are provided for using existing systems and technologies proven to be adequate. Each element in the system is viewed alongside it’s relationships to the other elements, and one elements outputs are considered inputs for another element. Within this system, the work is typically minimized, and the waste becomes resources, the productivity and yields both increase, and the environment is restored. These principles can be utilized in any environment and at any scale. This permaculture design emphasizes living in small communities, sharing, and growing your own food. The lifestyle, however, is viewed as an outcome of this way of life, not the focus. You can apply this philosophy on a smaller scale to your own home. Here are some ideas as to how.
1. Choose a spot, either on your property or your house itself. Look at the design elements and think through the location. If you are planning to grow food there, is the spot convenient to the kitchen? Is it accessible from multiple angles, or is there only one way to gain access? Is it an easy area to maintain with regard to watering, erosion, etc.?
2. Analyze the immediate environment. How many people live in your home? How much do they consume? How many resources will the plants you want to grow consume? Does it balance out?
3. Observe and be aware of your surroundings. Permaculture is about the synergy between humans and nature. Mimicking natural rhythms, cycles, and patterns is at the heart of this philosophy, and you can do this at home. After you choose your place to begin applying the philosophies outlook, observe it. See what is going on naturally during the various seasons. Keeping a notebook is a good idea.
4. Share the surplus with your neighbors. Sharing out of your abundance is key to permaculture living. Preserve via canning or drying those foods that you can’t share fresh. Permaculture ethics also emphasize giving out of your surplus of time and other resources for the good of the whole community.
5. Be a good steward of the land around you. Recycle, invest in alternative energy, and work toward a sustainable lifestyle.
6. Compost your waste. You will need it as you grow your own food, and composting is part of this system.
7. Water collection, management and re-use are important aspect of it. Set up a rain barrel, or go further and invest in water collection and management systems for your home.
We hope that Permaculture How To Apply Permaculture Design To Your Own Home helps you to better understand this sustainable eco-friendly living system.