Permaculture is the design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is also about sustainable living practices to enable us to develop resilient food production systems, use renewable energy, recycle our waste, grow plants, and design and plant gardens. Permaculture systems are designed to harvest and use water more efficiently, use natural building materials, minimise energy consumption and create food forests that support healthy living.

   
  • Encourages  students to work and learn from the school garden or community garden
  • Emphasises sustainable living practices
  • Provides opportunities to care for plants, animals and the environment
  • Provides students with training and opportunities to learn the life skills of growing and propagating plants, building soil and undertaking organic practices to minimise their impact on the environment.
   
 

Due to loss of soil fertility and the desire to maintain productivity, modern food production practices involve the use of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilisers, growth hormones, antibiotics, etc. These unnatural interventions leave traces in much food that we eat. Because of the belief that “we are what we eat”;  concerns have been raised about the connections to, and effects of, residual chemicals in food; especially in relation to children. The worrying rise of food allergies, attention deficit, behavioural disorders and obesity as well as conditions thought to be the province of old age, such as heart disease, cancer and adult onset diabetes.

 

 

With its integral connection to the natural world, permaculture study and its practices provide a direct antidote to our urbanized world with its minimal interaction with the natural world and its potential to lead to “nature deficit disorders”. Interaction with the natural world appears to reduce stress, and aid holistic health and wellbeing. It can also help provide future leaders to help shape the vision of a sustainable, healthy world for all.