What is Permaculture?
Conventional farms, no matter how organic, continue to contribute to the destruction of the soil and therefore to climate change. When the soil is damaged season after season by using conventional tilling methods, carbon is released into the atmosphere and important habitats in the soil are destroyed. Organic produce may be lacking in harmful chemicals, but are the farming practices harmful to our environment? In most cases, yes!
At Empower Project, we use permaculture principles in order to protect and regenerate our environment and our soil. Permaculture is short for "permanent agriculture". This means that when we think about farming, we think about the future of our planet and the permanency of our ability to continue growing food. We think about how we can ADD nutrients to the soil in a natural and symbiotic way rather than taking nutrients from the soil every season.
In essence, permaculture is to use the systems already put in place by nature to our advantage rather than manipulate them, leading to degradation and destruction of important biological systems.
With permaculture we obtain yields, catch and store energy, use integration, design from natures patterns, use renewable resources, apply self-regulation, value diversity and finally we care for people and the earth simultaneously.