What is permaculture? | Apopka’s voice
By André the Farmer
Hey guys, André le Fermier is back, and today I want to talk to you about something amazing: permaculture.
What is permaculture, you say? What East permaculture? No, seriously what is it permaculture? Sometimes I think I know, and sometimes I feel like I don’t. And that’s because it’s a very complicated word, or at least that’s how it is. But today we are going to make it simple.
Permaculture is simply do the right thing. Or as I like to say, “being about this life…permaculture life”.
Be about this life… life in permaculture!
That’s it. Let me explain.
A bit of history on the word…
Permaculture is an expression coined by Bill Mollison in Australia many moons ago. It was originally a combination of permanent and Agriculturethen became permanent cultivation and finally permaculture. When we think of something permanent, it must be something that can last, something that lasts, that is to say permanent. Therefore, for something to be permanent, it must be able to function or exist in a specific state. indefinitely. He must be sustainable. And sustainability is a great word to use to define permaculture.
Permaculture applies to all aspects of society, from socio-economic and political systems to food production and environmental protection.
Any action you take towards sustainability is permaculture.
So when you recycle or plant that avocado seed in a tub of margarine on your windowsill, you’re doing permaculture.
What Permaculture Is and Isn’t
Too many people are intimidated by the word and think it takes a farm, or acres, or chickens and goats to practice permaculture, wthen all you really have to do is make sustainable choices.
Some of the choices I make are to compost my kitchen scraps and plant as many fruit trees and plants as possible to increase biodiversity in my garden.
Permaculture just works with nature instead of working against it.
An example of working with nature is knowing your microclimates, and by that I mean understanding growing conditions and how they differ on your property. For example, if you live in an apartment, you may only have a balcony with partial shade, so instead of struggling with that, grow turmeric and ginger in containers. You can have a yard with a swampy area every rainy season. Instead of emptying it, plant bananas and sugarcane in it.
Do you have the idea?
Permaculture clothes? What?!
At Permaculture Life, we also try to create sustainable clothing. We make our gardening clothes and accessories from sustainable materials like hemp, bamboo, organic cotton and recycled materials. Almost all of our products are made in the USA and $1 from every purchase is used to build community gardens in underserved communities and teach children how to grow food.
AT permaculturelife.com we have educational videos to help you on your permaculture journey. So the next time you hear the word “permaculture”, smile and say “I’m for this life!”
Interested in meet Andrew the Farmer and learn more about permaculture life: visit permaculturelife.com, follow Andre the Farmer on Instagram, TikTok or YouTube. [You could also meet him at his “day job”, where he’s also known as Dr. Andre Baptiste, your local orthodontist!]
And be sure to mark your calendar to meet André the Farmer at Earth Day 2022 event at Lake Eola on April 23. He will be at the Permaculture Life booth.