The Art of Urban Permaculture

Posted on Oct 15 2020 - 10:43pm by UOG – In my ongoing quest to learn everything I can about gardening as part of our Million Gardens Movement, I recently encountered a fascinating thing: urban permaculture.

Australian academics Bill Mollison and David Holmgren are credited with creating the concept of permaculture in the 1970s. Mollison, an ecologist and university professor, defined permaculture as “the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.” Holmgren, for his part, went on to coin 12 design principles of permaculture in his book, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability. Before your eyes glaze over at the seeming complexity of all of this, let me point out that urban permaculture is really quite simple to understand and practice.


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