Design of The Backyard
The farm (and the whole Backyard Farm & 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.