Permaculture is essentially an ecological design process. Integrated with ethics and ecology, permaculture design can be used to place plants, animals and structures in relation to each other so their functions and yields are enhanced. There are a number of design tools and processes available which all aim to maximise beneficial relationships within systems.
Two key processes for example include zoning and sector planning. Zoning involves appropriate placement of design components as to reduce energy, time and maintenance and maximise yields and functions. Sector planning works with external energies such as the sun, wind and rain and considers how to best design landscapes to take advantage of these ‘external’ energies.
A permaculture design is a flexible, ongoing process. The success of a design is measured by how it is accepted and implemented by people on the ground and advances via our design work can, and must be, shared so knowledge is available to everyone. A successful design is a marriage of landscape, people and skills in the context of a regional society.