Following the sustainability initiatives that are being adopted at Tadd Chapman restaurants, two groups from our staff enrolled in the course “Introduction to Permaculture”. The course covered the definitions and Ethics of Permaculture, the 7 domains of a sustainable culture and the 12 design principles. With this information we aim to use permaculture as a design framework in order to better our environmental, social, cultural and business practices. At the farm at Sánchez Orgánico, we have already put our words into actions by starting production of high-quality compost using our own organic waste from our restaurants. By doing this we are minimizing the waste that ends up in landfill at the same time we are feeding our soils that will serve as fertilizer for our own organic produce.
But what is Permaculture? How can we apply it in our lives? Here is definition, followed by a summary of the Ethics of Permaculture that we covered in our course.
Definition of Permaculture
“Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy shelter and other material and non material needs in a a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.”
Care for the earth
Rebuild natural capital
Caring for the state of the living soil can also be seen as the optimum indicator of well-being of any society. Soil is arguably the deepest expression of the mystery of life on land and is a critical factor that determines the condition of the development of all living beings.
Care for people
Look after self, kin and community
Taking care of people begins by taking care of one self, this refers to engaging in personal responsibility of our individual actions and developing maturity through self-reliance. This also calls for the unity of individual responsible actions that will organically expand to include our families, neighbours and the wider community.
Set limits to consumption and reproduction, and redistribute surplus
Understanding and authentic sense of having enough and developing the capacity to share the excess produce with others. The irrational increase in human consumption in addition to an accelerating loss of biodiversity is the proof that continuous infinite growth on a finite planet is impossible.