Permaculture Basics: Principle 1 Observe and Interact



Permaculture is for everyone. Permaculture is for everyone.

Observe and Interact

 From Permaculture Assocation.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

Observation is key to permaculture. Developing good observation skills is essential if we want to make well-functioning permaculture designs.

By observing natural and social patterns we are able to use them in our design work – this relates to Bill Mollison’s philosophy of ‘work with nature, not against’. We have to know how nature works if we want to be able to work with it.

“Good design depends on a free and harmonious relationship between nature and people, in which careful observation and thoughtful interaction provide the design inspiration.”
David Holmgren

Since we are usually dealing with complex systems – even a small garden can be incredibly diverse with many interactions – this principle suggests that we take a relatively cautious approach, that we make the smallest intervention that we think is…

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