What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is the conscious design of 'cultivated' ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty.  (permaculture.net - Washburn TN PDC)

Examples of permaculture at the farm: 


  • Use and Value Diversity - Diversity of plant and animal species, with chickens, guineas, ducks, goats, sheep, rabbits, dogs and cats (plus wild birds, frogs, insects, soil organisms, etc) performing a variety of functions that are often mutually beneficial.
  • Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services - Natural Building uses natural, locally obtained materials such as clay, sand, straw, and rocks and logs harvested on-site. Several such structures have been built on the farm.
  • Produce No Waste - We collect produce cuttings and expired dairy  from a local grocery store and holiday decorations from  community members  to supplement our animal's feed


To learn more about permaculture check out: http://permacultureprinciples.com/


The Permaculture Ethics

  • Earth Care
  • People  Care
  • Fair Share


The 12 Permaculture Principles

1. Observe and Interact
2. Catch and Store Energy
3. Obtain a Yield
4. Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback
5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services
6. Produce No Waste
7. Design From Patterns to Details
8. Integrate Rather Than Segregate
9. Use Small and Slow Solutions
10. Use and Value Diversity
11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal
12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change


These principles guide our choices about the design and management of the farm.