Are you ready to bring your rural homestead full circle into sustainability and utilize the entire property to grow your own non-GMO organically cultivated food?
Here are some great resources to review before you get started. They are all listed on one page so be sure to scroll down to see every resource. Enjoy!
Permise and Rich Soil .com
Welcome to the honorary Redoubt Hippie, Paul Wheaton. He is the tyrannical dictator of Permies.com, the largest and most intensive permaculture forum on the planet. Paul is a certified master gardener and permaculture designing guru. If you need to know anything about growing food or sustainability in any climate (especially Idaho and Montana!) he’s the the permaculture messiah. Paul built an empire around what he calls, ‘infecting brains with permaculture’. The forums are full of rich information, and there are a number of great free resources, guides, and articles that can be found on his sister site, Richsoil.com as well.
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Sep Holzer Permaculture
Roots and Naming
In 1962 Sepp Holzer took over his parents’ mountain farm Krameterhof. In the alpine region in Lungau, farming life can be harsh and unforgiving. He started experimenting with various agricultural methods and developed a business called “Landwirtschaftliche Spezialkulturen Krameterhof” (Agricultural Solutions Krameterhof).
Sepp Holzers’ work caused quite a stir and drew attention to his farm. More and more people wanted to experience and see his work. In 1995 he was introduced to the term “permaculture” by students and professors of the University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences. They confronted the mountain farmer with the fact that he had indeed established a system that was designed along permaculture principles. Sepp became curious. He decided to learn more. The few books on Bill Mollisons’ work that were available in the German language impressed him enough to continue on the permaculture path.
Eventually Krameterhof became an internationally well known example of permaculture on a farm-scale. Meanwhile a permaculture scene had emerged in the German-speaking countries. This movement was primarily an urban phenomenon, which might explain the diverging approaches taken by the young movement and the mountain farmer.
Sepp Holzer established the term “Holzer Permakultur” (formerly „Holzer’sche Permakultur“) for his way of farming to clearly differentiate his design approach from that of the urban movement.
We are frequently asked about the differences between „permaculture“ and “Holzer Permakultur”. Many seem to expect a list of contradictions. However, we do not seek to dwell on the differences – we rather want to explore common ground. Permaculture means lifelong observation and learning. Different people will reach different conclusions.
“Education is not to fill a pail but to light a fire.” (Heraclitus of Ephesus)
We do believe that the flame has already been lit. We welcome any further development in farming and permaculture, no matter which direction it takes. Nevertheless, we’d like to point to something we are very proud of:
Our Roots – Family Farming
Unfortunately permaculture principles are rarely applied in “modern agriculture”. Communication problems, misconceptions and prejudices cloud people’s perceptions. Most farmers think of permaculture as yet another “fashionable urban phenomenon”. Permaculture devotees without practical farming experience nourish their mistrust. Without wanting to diminish the importance of appreciative consumers and alternative life stylers, change in agriculture has to be initiated by farmers.
Our family has been working and farming Krameterhof for four generations. We are proud to be farmers! Our strengths are professional competence in regard to ecological agriculture, healthy skepticism to passing fads and overly simplistic concepts and openness to new ideas. On Krameterhof we demonstrate that alternative farming methods allow profitable farming and sensitive and respectful dealings with nature and her resources. We have the experience and knowledge to direct people who are interested in practical solutions.
Holmgren Design (The Co-Founder of Permaculture)
Permaculture Ethics & Design Principles
In this presentation, David Holmgren explains permaculture ethics and design principles as thinking tools for creatively responding to the energy descent future on a limited planet. Following a brief but insightful coverage of the three ethics…
This video is an excerpt from the presentation available on the Permaculture Ethics & Design Principles DVD and also the Teachers’ DVD which forms part of the Teaching Kit. The Teachers’ DVD also contains an additional video and a range of additional digital resources as well as the cards, principle magnets and booklet which are all part of the Teacher’s Kit.
For further learning
For further explanation of the principles read Essence of Permaculture (now available in nine different languages) or get the book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability both by David Holmgren.
But by far he best way to learn about permaculture is to take part in one of the PDC courses. The list of courses David Holmgren is involved in is listed here.