Stan Callahan

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Have you ever thought about living in a forest or in some field away from other people, away from smartphones, internet and polluted cities? Have you ever considered living in a permaculture colony? What are the real benefits and what are not?

permaculture-global-design-templates-largePermaculture is a system of self-producing and self-reliance. The term was made in 1978 by Australian professor, Bill Molisson. It is a philosophy that stands for life with the nature and not against it. A good promotional work is being done also by the Regenerative Leadership Institute and its founder, Vladislav Davidzon. There are many reasons why should we think about this. Improving our lifestyle is one of the major things. Colonies are producing their own food, medicines and materials for a building. Energy is also self-produced and water is pumped mostly from a regional source which makes it suitable for independent living. 

Building houses in these colonies is very easy. They are made from cheap but stable materials. Designing is probably the major thing. It is important to use all the space you can get in good manner in order to get maximum productivity and usage but make it so that you can move freely through the colony. 

Life starts to feel different when you wake up every morning and the birds are singing. I believe that people should live in these communities, small one rather than big ones. When the colony is less populated and consists of only groups of people than it’s probably perfect. We must form and present permaculture design examples to have better life. In the Amazonas there are colonies for farmers. They are living there and heating honey from the bees, food from the gardens carefully placed in zones, and they are using naturally fed animals as food. The other advantage is that you can work and make money very easily. All sorts of jobs are required here and are very suitable from kitchens to brickworks. 

renewable-energy-sources2When designing the colony there are twelve principles and they are: observing and interacting, catching and storing energy, obtaining a yield, applying self-regulation and accepting feedback, using and valuing renewable resources and services, producing no waste, designing from patterns to details, Integrating rather than segregate, using small and slow solutions, using and valuing diversity, using edges and valuing the marginal, Creatively usage and responding to change. These are, let’s say twelve golden rules when it comes to permaculture colony. The most important probably is sixth: Produce no waste. Life would be much easier when there was no waste but that is impossible. The permaculture makes everything usable. All of the waste that you produce can be used very well in some other way. 

urban-permacultureMain goal of the permaculture is to bring the human population back to its natural origins, to nature. Probably the first rule when considering permaculture is to live with nature and not fighting against it. This culture is also strong of opponent of forest cutting in Amazonas. This is all about to brought bigger consciousness to other people and to make them understand what the modern man is doing to the nature. Living in these communities is all about good fun, good food, better life and what is most important a very long life. 

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Bill Mollison

The principles of permaculture design change the world for the better. Today we have available many free permaculture designs. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of it, simply because they do not understand what permaculture actually is. Permaculture was created by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late seventies of the last century, and the name was derived from “permanent” and “agriculture”. Today, it can be more referred to as being “permanent culture”, since it applies to different aspects of living, and one of the main advocates of this discipline is Vladislav Davidzon. It involves taking care for the Earth by returning what we take from it, following natural patterns and building a self-sustaining entity, whether it was a garden or a household. The concept of self-sustaining can be difficult to understand, and this will be one of the many examples how permaculture can be applied to your everyday life. 

Let us say you want to grow carrots in your garden. You will dig the garden, which will encourage weed seeds to germinate, and at the same time you will disrupt the lives of tiny organisms that inhabit the ground. Then you will sow the seed and water it daily using chemically processed tap water. If the carrots grow poorly, you will add fertilizers and spray them with different chemicals to encourage their growth. In addition, you will treat them with various pesticides in order to suppress possible pests, and herbicides to remove undesirable weed because it hand weeding would last forever. This whole scenario is extremely opposed to sustainable development, and it certainly does not lead to the formation of permanent culture. What is the other option? Permaculture is, as an easier, more natural and perhaps more sensible way to grow your carrots. 


Images-of-growing-plants-in-soil-44902First of all, practice observation. In the case of growing carrots, that would mean – watch the ground first, instead of immediately making trenches and sowing your carrots in the worst part of the garden. The ground in the garden may be too wet to cultivate carrots, or there may be too much shade. If you have not cultivated carrots before, perhaps it is better to first sow other vegetables, since the carrots grow best when sown after other cultures. You can also add a layer of mulch to enrich the soil and disable the light weeds need for their growth. Instead of watering the carrots with tap water, you can use rainwater. Chemicals can also be completely avoided by using plant-based preparations to prevent pests attacking your vegetables, and planting the plants that scare the undesirable insects away. 

It is crucial to work in harmony with nature, not against it. If the climate is suitable for the growth of carrots, they will grow. Instead of trying to force them, try to solve the problems. If you sow directly in the mulch, then there is no need to dig. The fact is that many people equate gardening with digging, but a well-branched root system of the grass has a similar effect.



Keep in mind that permaculture is a way of life. This is only one tiny example of how it works, and its principles can be applied not only to gardening, but to almost every aspect of life. Applying permaculture may seem complicated, but it actually makes life simpler, easier and more enjoyable and healthy. 

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