Week 1-Overview and Basics
In these videos, basic information is given to get you started. We look at the definition of Permaculture with a bit of history of the word. We look at the overall design process and fields of study that inform Permaculture. Finally, we look at the four part Permaculture Decision Making Matrix which is the basis of the information in this class.
Now that you've pinpointed your location, it's time to get started learning about Permaculture! In this video, we define the word, and talk about it's origins.
In the video, we make reference to Permaculture's co-founder, Bill Mollison. You can read a great link to an interview with Bill in the featured links provided above where he talks about the Permaculture definition. We also make reference to water, food and shelter systems. A
system is defined as "
a set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole." So when we refer to water systems, we're recognizing that the way we design for water on a Permaculture site takes into account its' many interconnections, with soils, trees, water tables, the atmosphere, and wildlife.