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 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 Learn about native plants, herbs, soil ecology, regenerative agriculture, permaculture and more. Ramona Sentinel, "Two nonprofits to stage AnomaR arts festival," 27 June 2019 Registration not required; Learning Garden at Jenkins Estate, 8005 S.W. Grabhorn Road, Beaverton Principles of Permaculture: Intro to Plant Guilds: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Explore principles of permaculture for application in rural and urban areas., "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Pollinator workshops, garden tours and more," 21 June 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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Cite this Entry

“Permaculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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