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Common sense starts with complex systems.

A lot has been written about permaculture in the garden, what to plant, where to plant it and what to expect if done properly. Other information deals with the stuff we need and need to make in order to increase the output of our permaculture garden systems. Most of the applied permaculture techniques are at the level of agriculture and production systems. There are some great stuff to look into and we intend to make loads of references there. However this blog focuses more on the design and management aspects of permaculture systems and unearth the underlying challenges that we face to ensure successful results that will bear a proper harvest and can sustain themselves. Managing permaculture is managing complexity or complex systems.

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Soil building

Planting seedlings

Planting seedlings

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Tending the garden

Complex systems themselves are comprised of a set of simple systems working together and by doing so generating a level of complexity. It is important to understand where they cooperate, how they interact and where they balance each other out. Complex systems require maintenance and someone to operate its subsystems within in order to ensure a smooth process.

Managing permaculture complex systems comes with understanding the underlying operational mechanics of each of the systems. In other words, when a vast permaculture project is set up–an ecological community–it is a complex system made up of simple systems individually–houses, community garden, animals, store, health centre, and others. In addition, consider how our understanding of permaculture in terms of land and nature stewardship, a single category, can expand into something compounded such as building, tools and technology, education and culture and immaterial such as health and spiritual well-being, finance and economics, and many more!

“How can we be better equipped as human beings to increase our prosperity while working with nature, treating it as an ally more than an opponent.”

This blog is about how complex systems are generated and how such systems can be easily managed. We will write about nature’s ingenious systems and we will show that permaculture or designing with natural systems is fun and inspiringly artistic. All of this should happen in the midst of producing a surplus and earning a living. Managing complex systems starts with setting up smart systems in the right place and with a balanced amount of energy from the maker and the materials used in constructing the system. Permaculture is a design system where everybody participates in; think of it as we are all part of nature through space dust and intrinsic linkage with other living systems. The art will be how to live that legacy and to express our uniqueness all throughout. Everyone can get into permaculture and frankly speaking should. We decided to start this blog at a time our planet is dealing with some serious climate challenges and development issues. The time to think has shrunk substantially as we need to start acting fast. The writers hope to convince you to be part of the permaculture design movement and look at all those intrinsically beautiful living and non-living things. We can only invite you all to help build a sustainable agenda for the world and humankind while living our lives enjoyably in the process.

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Enjoy reading and keep your creative juices flowing!