Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system of perennial agriculture emphasizing the use of renewable natural resources and the enrichment of local ecosystems.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any system of sustainable agriculture that renews natural resources and enriches local ecosystems.
  • n. The design, installation and maintenance of indefinitely sustainable human communities set in balanced ecologies, both urban and rural.

Etymologies

perma(nent) + (agri)culture.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The movement's founders, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, coined the term permaculture in the mid-1970s, as a portmanteau of permanent agriculture and permanent culture.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The idea is not complicated, but the term permaculture (permanent agriculture) is most likely unfamiliar to most people.

    Energy Bulletin -

  • And it's not only the soil that matters in permaculture, but what is grown in it as well.

    Danielle Nierenberg: Don't Sweep Away Crop Diversity

  • For today, the important thing about permaculture is that you create/encourage a system that can maintain itself almost indefinitely.

    Apollo's Daughter :: March 27th, 2009

  • - Bill Mollison, co-founder of the world-wide permaculture movement. permaculture is short not only for "permanent agriculture", but also "permanent culture".

    More Hip Than Hippie Podcast

  • Aschylus don't use the phrase "permaculture" - neither do Page, Torcellini and Kettler, for that matter.

    Ars Technica

  • I was excited to learn more about "permaculture" - a term I have heard a lot about recently, but if you asked me I couldn't really tell you what it was.

    Charlottesville Blogs

  • She said the Wildlands Trust was promoting permaculture, which is permanent agricultural systems free of pesticides and fertiliser.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • They came up with the idea of permaculture as a permanent form of agriculture and culture,

    The Red and Black

  • Some farms are attempting to use permaculture, which is a holistic approach to agriculture, where they take into account the "bigger picture" rather than focusing on particular profitable crops.

    Daily Vanguard RSS

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