By Donna Carmen
THE Permaculture festival held recently in Albany had something for everyone, and attracted people eager to learn and share ideas.
It also provided a shopfront for Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren’s latest book, RetroSuburbia.
Permaculture is a modern version of intensive agriculture based on perennial food plants within a self-supporting and self-regenerating system that uses no artificial or chemical inputs, at a human scale. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, it has evolved into a worldwide movement.
David described his latest work as three books in one, looking at built, biological and behavioural patterns. “Six decades of wandering ‘Aussie street’ have exposed many subtle but significant changes in commuting, keeping chickens, couch potatoes, carbon emissions and many other aspects of urban living,” he said. “Permaculture thinking is about seeing and reacting to patterns.”
Being modelled on changes occurring in Melbourne suburbs, the principles espoused in the book were especially suited to the southwest and south coast regions of WA, where the climate is similar.