Permaculture applies design principles to our environment in order to maximize the efficiency of our living systems.
In a permaculture household, energy, water, food and other systems work together to create and redistribute the largest yield. This sounds rather scientific, but in practice it just means designing for human well-being working with, rather than against, nature.
The thing we like the best about permaculture is that you design living environments where human work is minimized. The whole idea is to enjoy and benefit as much as possible from the natural world while the forces of nature do all the work.
For example, in a permaculture household, the kitchen garden is placed as near as possible to the kitchen itself. Herbs and salad lettuces grow where they’re easily available at short notice for the chef. Water systems recycle greywater through multiple systems. Perennial vegetables, nut and fruit trees supplement the household’s food and nutrition.
If you’re interested in permaculture, we recommend reading more and maybe taking your design certification course online. It’s a paradigm shift in thinking about how we interact with and benefit from our environment.
There are many permaculture demonstration sites across Africa where you can see these ideas in action. Permaculture helps us shift and transition towards a more sustainable human civilization.