I’ve been interested in studying permaculture for quite some time now, so recently I started an online course to learn at least the basics of permaculture farming and design.
Permaculture is a way of farming together with nature, as opposed to against it, which is what modern agriculture does. Permaculture uses the functions and ways of nature to make farming as productive and easy as possible in the long run. Some fundamentals of this type of farming include; polyculture instead of monoculture, use of natural resources (such as sunlight, wind and plants), not depleting the soil by for example plowing, and focusing on the long-term effects and benefits as opposed to only the annual produce and short-term benefits.
This type of farming demands a new way of thinking; about farming, about building and about our way of life. However, it’s a way of rehabilitating the nature that we have destroyed through our human activity – a way of fixing where we might have thought hope was lost. This is what amazes me about permaculture; that we can use nature to fix those things I thought were unfixable, we just have to follow the flow of nature, helping it in the direction it would go anyway, instead of trying to control it.
After some lectures I now feel the desire – like an itch in my fingers – to get out there, plan a garden and make it grow.