Episode-496- So What is this Permaculture Stuff All About Anyway

If you listen to The Survival Podcast frequently you might often here me mention permaculture from time to time as an aside, such as “that’s a permaculture principle”.  However I  realized it has been about 3-4 months since I did a show truly dedicated to permaculture and many new listeners many not really be clear on what I am talking about.  So today we will take another look at permaculutre along with the principles that drive it.  For those who have heard episodes on permaculture before there is definitely some new material and observations in this episode as it was pulled from materail in Bill Mollisons “Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual”

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What is permaculture and why does it apply to survivalism
  • What is the “prime directive” of permaculture – “The only ethical decisioin is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children”
  • The Three Primary Ethics of Permaculture
    • Care of the earth
    • Care of people
    • Setting limits to population and consumption
  • Five design principles of permaculture
    • Work with nature, rather than against it
    • The problem is the solution
    • Make the least change for the greatest possible effect
    • The yield of a system is theoretically unlimited
    • Everything gardens
  • The seven layers of a permaculture system
    • The High Canopy
    • The Low Tree
    • Shrub
    • herbaceous
    • rhizome
    • cover crops
    • vertical climbers

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    8 Responses to Episode-496- So What is this Permaculture Stuff All About Anyway

    1. On my copy of this episode that I just downloaded the first 11 minutes and 11 seconds are blank but the whole show is there after the 11:12 mark.
      So if anyone else has what seems like a blank copy, fast forward to the 11:11 mark and enjoy.

    2. Thanks! I went as far as ten minutes and gave up. lol

    3. 11 minutes and 9 seconds of silence in the beginning. Even Jack makes mistakes.

    4. Modern Survival

      FRICKEN SONY VEGAS! give me a minute and I will fix it folks. Always, always, always when I am twice as busy the day before a leave for a bit. Dang it! Sorry folks.

    5. That is what I call a dramatic pause.

    6. Modern Survival

      It is fixed you may have to do a browser restart to get the right file though due to cache issues.

    7. Great podcast.

      I look forward to each new episode. One question about todays permaculture discussion:

      You mentioned the 7-layer system of permaculture, and that if you look at anything closely enough you can see layers (eg. a city – as you discussed). My question is: How does this system pertain to a 7-layer salad? I am not quite sure what the low tree layer would be…

      I am joking of course. Keep up the good work, and enjoy your vacation.

    8. Your Permaculture episode is great. I have been trying to convert my garden to a Permaculture food garden for two years now. Still working to create my own system. I’m doing a mini orchard along the western fence with other plants around them. Having problems combining things like blueberries and blackberries. Have grapes with other vines growing with them. It gets complex, but I love it. I love how my yard has come alive with life. Thanks, please do more on permaculture.