Céline Vaneeckhaute Bioresource and Sustainability Consulting

Permaculture

Permaculture is one path to a more sustainable and just world. It is a composite concept of Permanent Agriculture and Permanent Culture, incorporating social and political structures as well. The goal of permaculture is creating a collaboration between man and its surrounding nature, targeting the long-term survival of both. With permaculture a functional system is designed around humans based on the strength and resilience of natural ecosystems. These designs may focus on multiple functions, such as food supply, water treatment, wood fire protection, etc. Permaculture sees human beings as part of the ecosystem and not as something beside or above it. On a smaller scale, you can start living a permaculture lifestyle right now, beginning with yourself.


SeLow helps you choosing the right function(s) of the ecosystem that can fulfill your needs and that of the surrounding environment. On the basis of the objectives, we start together with the design of an effective permaculture system.

 

What we offer:
We permaculture your property!
– Development of a personal permaculture design approach
– Aid in construction and follow-up
– Economic and ecological analyses and optimization

Contact us for more information.

 

Permaculture design approach:

Permaculture-meaningSeLow’s work is based on the twelve Permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability:

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  8. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  9. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  10. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  11. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.
  12. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.