Permaculture (An Insiders View of Modern Environmentalism)


Permaculture (noun)
“the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.”

However, permaculture is much more than just self-sufficient, sustainable agriculture.

We look to Graham Bell, as stated in his book, The Permaculture Way, for a greater, more wholesome definition:

“Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”

(For additional definitions click here)

I was first exposed to the term last year (in the fall of 2014), by my brother, Daniel Vogelsang, while he was interning at a nonprofit organization called The GrowHaus (located in the beautiful Denver, Colorado). Which, is a budding, but fast-growing nonprofit organization pioneering community development using advanced permaculture techniques in rural Denver, emphasizing education and access to nutritious food.

It’s badass, to say the least. You should check out their site, which i’ll tag again, here.

But back to permaculture…. Quote me now, it’s the future. It’s not just some weightless buzzword like “sustainability” or “green”… it’s an evolutionary path in creating human, environmental and agricultural harmony, to compassionate care and discerning action, to regenerative practices and base-level community building, and so, so much more.

In other words, it’s the tip of the iceberg for environmentalism, today….


Diagram of Permaculture Principles
(Here’s the original source, if you can’t read it).

… giving insight into the future of urban farming, agricultural development, and a locally based agricultural cultivation and production.

It’s exciting to talk about, as it represents a process in which we may advise for creating our future: food, culture, community, health, harmony…. providing new and more wholesome educational models for human and environmental interaction – which we so desperately need.

But the best part is that you don’t have to be excited about raised garden beds, urban farming, or fancy water-drip systems to care about permaculture: You just have to care.

(And what you have to care about is up to you, congratulations).


About tkvogelsang

I'm a people person. I enjoy pointed conversation and mature debate. I admire the great thinkers: those who uplifted reason, scholar, and secondary opinion. I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, but find i'm nothing like the people there. I'm liberal, but no Democrat; peaceful, but no pacifist; competitive, but no capitalist; ambitious, but no elitist; a "Buddhist Athiest" (someone who reads and strives to follow the Buddha's teachings, but avid skeptic) raised Christian; and many other dichotomies. In many ways, I'm surprised to be the product I am. I love the outdoors. I love gardening, admire sustainable creation and design, endorse creative thinking and problem solving, and strive to learn as much as I possibly can. I am in a constant search for more travel. Travel, to me, is of utmost importance. It opens the mind and heart. I have many mothers because of it. I have many families that have taken me in and treated me as their own child. It's experiences like these that are not discovered at home, and worth experiencing. Just do. Go. You'll like it.
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