Design of The Backyard
The farm (and the whole Erin Mills Farmer’s Market) was designed following Permaculture ethics:
Care of people
Care of land
Create abundance / redistribute surplus
We have designed (and continue to design!) the project and site following Permaculture Principles:
Observe and Interact
Catch and Store Energy
Obtain a Yield
Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback
Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
Produce No Waste
Integrate Rather Than Segregate
Design From Patterns To Details (including natural successions)
Use Small and Slow Solutions
Use and Value Diversity
Use Edges and Value The Marginal
Creatively Use and Respond to Change
What is Permaculture?
Permaculture is understanding nature, and working with it to design human systems - systems that not only do not harm the planet, but are regenerative.
Using nature as a model is the foundation of permaculture: understanding how the natural world works, and working with it to appropriately harness its abundance, for the good of people and the planet.
Permaculture can be defined as a combination of the following words:
permanent + agriculture = permaculture
permanent + culture = permaculture
Historically, permaculture has been focused on agricultural applications, such as perennial polycultures, but from the start, the intention was for permaculture to be about more than agriculture: it was to be a catalyst for healthy, sustainable human culture that is built and maintained in harmony with the rest of the natural systems.
Permaculture can be understood as planning, designing, building (or co-creating) sustainable systems, from food to water, buildings, to transportation, to cities. But, moreover, permaculture is about how all those systems work together in harmony: the needs of one aspect being supported by the yields of another - an ecosystem. To be sustainable, and beyond that to be regenerative, we need to nurture and help to catalyze a web-work of relationships - that is permaculture design.