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Permaculture and Self-sufficiency

permaculturePermaculture farming and social systems are rapidly growing in global popularity. Many people around the globe are becoming enlightened to the long-term benefits of self-sufficiency through cultivating their own nature based ecosystems, growing their own crops and keeping/breeding their own animals, whether it be on a sizable plot of land or humble balcony. As the debate surrounding global warming and climate change rages on, many people who have embraced permaculture and its possibilities feel that it has had a profound effect on their overall worldly outlook. Rather than being part of the looming environmental issue, permaculture enthusiasts may well be part of the solution.

Long-time permaculture expert Bill Mollison states that there are 3 main principles of permaculture living. These include Earth Care, People/Animal Care, and Fair Share, (which advocates limiting your consumption and sharing surplus produce appropriately). Most permaculture specialists advise people newly enlightened to the fundamentals of permaculture to focus initially on just the one principle that resonates most with them. For example, if the principle of Fair Share strikes a chord with you then you should plan your permaculture project with this in mind. How can you best limit your consumption? How can you effectively redistribute surplus crops? Are there nearby worthy causes that can make use of them? The magic of this method is that while focusing your efforts on a single principle in this manner, the remaining principles will evolve and flourish accordingly due to their interlinked nature.

Apart from the obvious value of having control and access to a self-sustaining source of food, the side benefits of growing your own crops are plentiful. The fertile and chemical-free land resulting from a permaculture project creates the perfect environment for flora and fauna to thrive, relating back to the principle of curing a problem rather than being part of it.

Permaculture design courses are widely available and a great way to get started. They give a valuable insight into how modern permaculture farmers operate, how they got started, and how you can emulate their success. They will also give you access to resources such as wider permaculturist networks and support groups. As well as courses there are a huge amount of expert publications and tutorials both in print and available online. All of the information and guidance to get your first permaculture project off the ground is no more than just a few clicks away.

[About the author: Martin Iball is a staff writer for the popular bargain online sales website http://www.cheap.forsale/. Image: Anastasia Limareva]

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