What is ‘Permaculture’?
Permaculture is sustainable land use design guided by ethics of Earth Care and People Care. This is based on ecological and biological principles, often using pattens that occur in nature to maximize effect while minimizing wasted energy. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants. Nature's ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are our guide. Inhabitants' needs are provided for using proven technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure. Elements in a system are viewed in relationship to other elements, where the outputs of one element becomes the inputs of another. Within a Permaculture system, work is minimized, "wastes" become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored. Permaculture principles can be applied to any environment, at any scale from dense urban settlements to individual homes, from farms to entire regions.
Omaha Permaculture is a non-profit organization whose main goals are:
I. Beautifying unused and unwanted city land with edible plants, trees, art and flowers.
II. Providing access to affordable, nutritious food for lower-income residents in the Nebraskan community.
III. We are teaching and employing people coming off probation, people with disabilities and veterans for our landscape maintenance clients.
IV. Creating a replicable model for growing food crops with minimal input and minimal labor * aka permaculture *.