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:

  1. Observe and Interact

  2. Catch and Store Energy

  3. Obtain a Yield

  4. Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

  5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

  6. Produce No Waste

  7. Integrate Rather Than Segregate

  8. Design From Patterns To Details (including natural successions)

  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

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.