Principles of Permaculture

1. Observe and Interact 

Take in your surroundings and act accordingly. An example of this would include looking into the sky for a sign of rain and taking action to collect water and keep yourself dry.

2. Catch and Store energy

Taking in resource that provides the necessary elements for growth and production. A common example for this would be collecting and consuming food.

3. Obtain a yield

Productivity is the result of your work. You receive what you put in so work hard!

4. Apply self regulation and Accept feedback

It is important to monitor ourselves. Sometimes we make mistakes, so learn from them and move on.

5. Use and Value renewable resources and services

With renewable resources, services and proper self regulation, there less of a worry about resources being deplenished. Using these instead of limited resources ensures that there will be more resources left for the future existence. As we use our fancy tech we hold great power. With great power comes great responsibility. Lets get done what needs to be done with what we have.

6.  Produce no waste

By-product utilization is one of the major ways we make a strong economy. We sell compost, manure, and recycling. We can do more with what we toss.

7. Design from patterns to details

Biomimicry is a form of design that mimics the formations that exist in nature. Examples could be photosynthesis for energy collection, Ants for building, a cell wall for the function of a wall in a house.  Agriculture observes the relationships between microbes and macros in order to form highly efficient structures like spirals and circles.

8. Integrate rather than segregate

Although organizing for order can be a good attribute, we commonly overlook the relating qualities between producers. When we completely separate one race from another, the teacher from the wise janitor, or the soybean from the corn, we lose opportunities that could produce the yield of our dreams.

9. Use small and slow solutions

Because we are accident prone, it is more rationale to move in baby steps to ensure that we give ourselves space for learning (observation, interaction, action, evaluation) while progressing. Anything that goes too fast most likely did not go through the appropriate steps.

10. Use and Value diversity

Investing and using diversity provides the user with extra opportunities. The common phrase “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” is directly applied to this principle.

11. Use edges and Value the marginal

Waste no opportunity. Be as strategic with as much available space, time and energy.

12. Creatively use and respond to change

Change is opportunity for new adaptations. When things go “wrong” ,don’t panic. Observe the situation and act accordingly.

Reference: http://permacultureprinciples.com/

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