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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

7 Climate-Positive Ways To Get Started With Permaculture Living

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By Kirsten Bradley

Nick, Kirsten and Ash of Milkwood - permaculture living

So – you’ve heard of permaculture, but aren’t quite sure what it all means or where to begin?

We’ll get you started, with this free guide that outlines seven excellent but super-simple ways to start practising permaculture at your place – wherever in the world you live, and whether you have a backyard veggie patch, a windowbox in your apartment, or even no garden at all.

Because permaculture isn’t actually about gardening, as some people think.

It’s also about your relationship with your ecosystem, your food system, your home, your family, your community and your society. It’s about finding ways, both big and small, to design a better life for both yourself and for everyone around you, taking nature as your guide.

And – YOUR permaculture life can look… however YOU want it to.

All seven actions in our Getting Started With Permaculture guide are based around local, home-based skills that you’ll be able to start right now, today – but they’re revolutionary acts also.

Because, to change this world of ours for the better, we all need to gather ourselves first, and then work out from there.

Getting Started with Permaculture Living guide 1

Permaculture living can bring climate-positive change to your daily life

Committing to doing what you can, within your own particular context and home space, is an excellent way to get started with permaculture – and with climate-positive skills.

Little by little, you’ll be designing a life packed with climate-positive action (which, ahem, is exactly what our planet and communities need right now) – while also creating a life that gives back, makes a difference, AND feels good while you make it happen, too.

Pretty soon you’ll be noticing just how much positive change you can bring to your daily life and the lives of people around you by adopting new, sometimes TINY (but is anything ever tiny, really? It all connects…) habits, new skills, and climate-positive practices – which add up, piece by piece, to make life worth living.

That’s permaculture living in a nutshell – the process of learning to make change and set things up so that you can live well, and also maximise what you give back – to your family, your community and your ecosystem.

This in turn means extra goodness, energy, food or support for those who need it, and the minimisation of any negative impact you have on this planet.

Sounds good, yes? Ready to get started?

A lens for daily decision-making… and big-picture thinking

It bears repeating here – permaculture ethics, principles and skills are all, directly or indirectly, based on the wisdom and knowledge of traditional peoples, the world over. This is not ‘new’ information.

The point of permaculture, as we see it, is to respectfully use these fundamentally excellent ideas + strategies in our everyday lives – in a way that works for you, your household and your ecosystem, to make life better – while actively practicing gratitude to the knowledge-keepers before us, to whom we owe pretty much everything.

So – you can use permaculture as a lens for daily decision-making AND for big-picture thinking.

By the way, all of the climate-positive actions outlined in our free Getting Started With Permaculture Living guide are sneak-peek lessons from inside our excellent (so say our students) Permaculture Living online course.

If you decide to dive deeper into your permaculture living journey and join us for this 12-week course, you’ll learn 40+ skills and habits, including:

  • Growing food
  • Pickling and fermenting
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Wild food foraging
  • Passive heating and cooling
  • Calculating your carbon footprint
  • Composting
  • Worm farming
  • Seed saving
  • + heaps more!

In a nutshell, you’ll learn how to use permaculture thinking, design, skills and habits to transform your everyday for the better. Get ready to create abundance, become more resilient and make some serious climate-positive changes!

More handy permaculture resources

We acknowledge that permaculture owes the roots of its theory and practice to traditional and Indigenous knowledges, from all over the world. We all stand on the shoulders of many ancestors – as we learn, and re-learn, these skills and concepts. We pay our deepest respects and give our heartfelt thanks to these knowledge-keepers, both past and present.⁠

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