What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is an integrated design system that allows landscapes and communities to be more resilient to the increasing environmental challenges brought about by climate change.

Edge5 applies the principles of permaculture in rural and urban contexts. It can be implemented at any scale, regenerating villages, farms or entire landscapes into thriving, healthy human environments.

Design is a critical component, utilising human creativity to release the intelligence of natural systems. It is a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating biology, ecology, geography, agriculture, architecture, appropriate technology and community development.

Permaculture is also a practical and hands-on approach. It starts at the back door with a kitchen garden, spreading out to a food forest. It then unfolds to larger scale strategies such as argroecogly, water harvesting, energy, natural building, forestry, waste management, animal systems, aquaculture and livelihood generation.

There is overwhelming field evidence that permaculture’s regenerative solutions produce positive environmental and social results. Using these solutions, work is minimized, wastes become resources, productivity and yields increase, and the environment is restored.

Edge5's 5 key focus areas of permaculture action:

Food security

The foundation of stable communities through nutritious kitchen gardens.

Water & Earthworks

Water conservation and quality.


Training Programs to develop self-reliance.


Economic, healthy and resource-responsible housing design.



To learn more about permaculture Edge5 recommends the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook.This series of manuals provide an unequalled resource for practical, detailed technical information about permaculture. Edge5 are proud to support the creators and developers of this invaluable resource.
The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook is available for free online at http://permacultureguidebook.org/

Here is a sample of chapters available: