per·​ma·​cul·​ture | \ ˈpər-mə-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce permaculture (audio) \

Definition of permaculture

: an agricultural system or method that seeks to integrate human activity with natural surroundings so as to create highly efficient self-sustaining ecosystems

Examples of permaculture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leaders are increasingly learning about circular supply chains, permaculture principles, and how to design regenerative organizations. Ginny Whitelaw, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 In college in Western Massachusetts, Gay ran a permaculture garden and grew an excess of vegetables. Alicia Kennedy, Bon Appétit, 14 Oct. 2021 So Jensen, a former engineer, is working to incorporate new techniques borrowed from organic farming and permaculture in order to reinvent the family business for a dry future. Luke Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 Installations include a bike repair station and a permaculture garden in North Lawndale, and a community plaza in Englewood, two historically disinvested city neighborhoods. Lori Waxman,, 8 Sep. 2021 Her Webinars include instruction on sharpening knives, walking blindfolded, deciphering bird language, hide tanning, flint knapping, permaculture, canning, saving seeds, and making medicine. Antonia Hitchens, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Falcon Heights now allows edible landscaping and Maplewood began permitting market gardens, front yard gardens and permaculture in 2018. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 Any tips for those who want to create a permaculture garden? Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 For nine years, Pacheco has been growing and serving sustainable food at Bocavaldivia, his restaurant and creative permaculture project in Puerto Cayo, on the coast of Ecuador. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 2 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of permaculture

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for permaculture

perma(nent) entry 1 + (agri)culture

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The first known use of permaculture was in 1978

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“Permaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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