Permaculture Ethics & Principles

Ethics Permaculture Ethics

  • Care of the Earth
  • Care of People
  • Fair Share


1. Observe and InteractPermculture principles2

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

By taking the time to engage with Nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.

2. Catch and Store EnergyPermculture principles3

“ Make hay while the sun shines”

By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.

3. Obtain a YieldPermculture principles4

“You can’t work on an empty stomach”

Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work you are doing.

4. Self-Regulation and Accept FeedbackPermculture principles5

“The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children unto the seventh generation”

We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.  Negative feedback is often slow to emerge.

5. Use and value renewable resources and servicesPermculture principles6

“Let nature take its course”

Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behaviour and dependence on non-renewable resources.

6. Produce no wastePermculture principles7

“Waste not, want not” or “A stitch in time saves nine”

By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.

7. Design from patterns to detailsPermculture principles8

“Can’t see the forest for the trees”

By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the detail filled in as we go.

8. Integrate rather than segregatePermculture principles9

“Many hands make light work”

By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.

9. Slow and small solutionsPermculture principles10

“The bigger they are, the harder they fall”  “Slow and steady wins the race”

Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, make better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.

10. Use and diversityPermculture principles11

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

11. Use edges & value the marginalPermculture principles12

“Don’t think you are on the right track just because it’s a well-beaten path”

The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.

12. Creatively use and respond to changePermculture principles1

“Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be”

We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing and then intervening at the right time with Sustainable Living, Garden Designing with nature, Harvesting water, Storing Energy and Holistic Management.