In pursuit of the harmonious integration of landscape and people.
We are a rapidly growing organization of urban permaculture designers, educators and students. Our prime directive is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children. We have come together to help create and maintain urban agriculture projects throughout San Francisco. Our efforts focus on research, education and demonstration. We strive to design and share examples and experiences highlighting one of the basic principles of urban permaculture design, that “the problem is the solution.”
The core programming at 49 Farms is modeled after our mentors at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, who showed us the benefits of focusing on two distinct but complementary approaches to our work. First are our four site-based programs, utilizing the 49 Square Miles of San Francisco to conduct research, education and demonstration focused on urban agriculture. Next, our three community-centered programs focus on establishing and promoting relationships within the dynamic urban agriculture community. Find our more about our Programs.
“In pursuit of the harmonious integration of landscape and people”, which is highlighted above, is essential permaculture. It is actually a sentence fragment from Bill Mollisons’s definition of permaculture.
The sentence, ” It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”
The longer definition, or, PERMACULTURE DEFINED AND ITS USE as published in the preface of PDM by Bill:
“Permaculture is a word coined by the author. Its copyright is vested in the Permaculture Institutes and their College of Graduates, and is guarded by them for
the purposes of consistent education.
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 sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable
Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms.
The philosophy behind permaculture is one of work-
ing with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and
thoughtful observation rather than protracted and
thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their
functions, rather than asking only one yield of them;
and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.
The word ‘permaculture’ can be used by anybody
adhering to the ethics and principles expressed herein.
The only restriction on use is that of teaching; only
graduates of a Permaculture Institute can teach
‘permaculture’. and they adhere to agreed-on
curriculae developed by the College of Graduates of the
Institutes of Permaculture.”
– Bill Mollison, Permaculture DM