“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”
- Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designers' Manual

What works where I live?

Permaculture Local

Permaculture Local is an online bioregional information resource built by a community of local people and topic experts to serve a global need. When people search for information on how to live sustainably, this website answers the question,

"What works where I live?"

People can add and edit content, while topic experts curate to keep quality high. As people rate which species, techniques and strategies work best in their local area, they add to a growing knowledgebase.

Permaculture Local is building a framework for collecting data, knowledge and wisdom from a large number of people who are working with sustainable living systems on the ground. The plant database and resources knowledgebase are two foundational components which will be leveraged by many more applications as our community grows.

Permaculture is a philosophy of design which is focused on working with nature, rather than fighting against it; of helping humans learn to become a beneficial part of the ecosystems in which they live and create a sustainable human culture. Drawing from the wisdom of ancient civilizations and modern appropriate technology, permaculture seeks to understand and develop life-rich ecologies which support humans and all of the other forms of life on which we depend.

At its core, permaculture holds three ethics:

  • Care of the Earth
  • Care of People
  • Share the surplus

Beginning with this ethical foundation is what is needed to properly define our values, our priorities and our relationship to the natural world.

Permaculture Local is creating a recipe book for a hungry planet. As each of us contributes a little bit to the project from our surplus, we begin to amass a resource that has never existed before. By collaborating together, instead of competing with one another, we are able to accomplish far more than any one of us could do alone. Best of all, because of the nature of information on the Internet, each person is then able to share in it fully and the resource is not diminished.

Please join us. Whether you have a little time to spend welcoming new people and helping them find a place in the community, or you have special skills to share or money to give, we need your piece of the puzzle. And, we need to know what works where you live.