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 In 2011, Budde began studying permaculture, and later herbalism, before moving to Grass Valley — an area in the Sierra Nevada foothills about three hours northeast of San Francisco. New York Times, "From Northern California, Farm-Fresh Skin Care," 31 Dec. 2020 That laissez-faire style of farming jibes with Zachariah's growing interest in permaculture, a movement that promotes working with nature instead of imposing man's will on the land. Emily Leshner, Star Tribune, "Son, father farm to feed neighbors during lockdown in India," 23 Nov. 2020 It’s tied to conserving local heritage, agriculture, and permaculture. Lindsey Tramuta, Fortune, "How a French retail mogul became an accidental hotelier," 16 Mar. 2020 Spend time hiking in the Caletas Ario National Wildlife Refuge; learn about the organization’s sustainable permaculture practices; and visit the on-site turtle hatchery in time to see baby turtles being born. National Geographic, "Costa Rica Community Service: Tropical Ecosystem Conservation," 25 Sep. 2019 Minke whale carpaccio is served with local permaculture microgreens., "In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 Little explores old and new strategies for reforming the global food system, from GMO cornfields in Kenya to a small permaculture farm just outside of D.C. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Books About Food of 2019," 26 Nov. 2019 The ideas behind the farm mesh with Pasternak’s vision, which is in part influenced by his experience as a permaculture designer., "In an old laser tag arena, a new high school hopes to set 'a future example’ for learning," 4 June 2019 In pockets, reports Yes! Magazine, residents are trying permaculture. The Christian Science Monitor, "The path to meaningful employment," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Permaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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