Holmgren Design here at Melliodora recently received the latest issue (Jan/Feb 2014) of ABC’s Organic Gardener magazine. As usual it has lots of interesting articles and columns including a piece by Peter Cundall’s on growing corn. Perhaps the highlight though is the issue’s feature, “the power of permaculture”.
Simon Webster looks at the history and visions of the permaculture concept from its birth in Tasmania in 1970s to the future. As well as David Holmgren, Geoff Lawton and Penny Pyett are featured in the article. It’s a comprehensive read for everyone, especially for those interested in permaculture but too afraid to ask what it is. Accompanying pieces; one by Jacqueline Forster on Milkwood, Nicola Chatham’s design example, and Justin Russell’s piece on chooks, makes this edition blooming marvelous indeed. Steve Payne and his editorial team have done a great job.
Make sure you have a look at the Jan/Feb 2014 Organic Gardener magazine (probably in your local library but definitely in the newsagent’s). Here’s a teaser for you, the first few paragraphs from Simon Webster’s piece , “Permaculture: the full package”.
When Bill Mollison, and environmental psychology lecturer, and David Homgren, a student of environmental design, started collaborating at the University of Tasmania in the early 1970s, they had very different ideas about what would become of their partnership.
Working amid a surge of interest in environmentalism, against a backdrop of energy crises and the publication of ‘The Limits to Growth’ (a report by the Club of Rome think-tank, forecasting societal and economic collapse due to dwindling resources), the mentor and student put their heads together to design a system for sustainable agriculture.
The result was the book ‘Permaculture One: Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements’ (Transworld publishers, 1978), which laid out strategies for producing food in both small and large spaces, combining plants and animals in multi-faceted relationships to provide food for humans while at the same time helping the environment.