What Subjects and Permaculture Principles are Covered in PDC?

Permaculture is about looking at ways to integrate many different elements into a sustainable way of living. So, even though we might not go into great detail in every subject area (we would need three months), we do delve into many areas and look for ways they interrelate with each other.

The goal is to design systems that allow us to live abundantly well while also eliminating wastes, increasing yields, minimizing unnecessary work, and caring for the total environment. We must design ways of living that care for nature, ensuring the necessary resources for future generations.

David Holmgren

Permaculture Design Principles & Ethics

Regardless of the subject area being explored, these fundamental permaculture design principles delineated by permaculture’s other co-founder, David Holmgren, are the foundation to all permanent design.

  1. Observe and interact
  2. Catch and store energy
  3. Obtain a yield
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback
  5. Use & value renewable resources and services
  6. Produce no waste
  7. Design from patterns to details
  8. Integrate rather than segregate
  9. Use small and slow solutions
  10. Use and value diversity
  11. Use edges and value the marginal
  12. Creatively use and respond to change

Permaculture’s 3 Foundational Ethics

Earth Care

People Care

Fair Share

(Care of the Future)