How is permaculture different than gardening or agriculture? Permaculture is a design process as well as a philosophy, and can be applied to all areas of life. Permaculture comes with a set of values and principles, a holistic and solution-oriented vision for our communities, homes, relationships and food. Permaculture is not just a set of techniques for growing plants, it’s a worldview.
How is permaculture different from other branches of ecological design? Permaculture comes with a set of ethics and values; it is interested in social capital as well ecology, and espouses that earth care and people care are funadmentally and unequivocally intertwined. This sets permaculture apart from systems such as biomimicry, that also models itself on the observation, but lacks the holism and systems thinking approach of the former.
What are the ethical dimensions of permaculture? Permaculture has three main ethical pillars: 1) Care for the Earth: using observation to heal damaged ecosystems; allowing provisions and resources for all life systems to continue and to flourish 2) Care for Others: Fostering diverse, inclusive, and healthy community is at the core of permaculture practice. Healthy ecosystems cannot exist without healthy environments, and vice versa. 3) Fair Share: the surplus of resources generated by permaculture practice must be reintegrated into the system, and fairly shared amongst its members.
Is permaculture expensive? Permaculture practice uses the observation to make appropriate interventions into human and ecological systems. This practice can often be quite simple. Permaculture projects do not have to make use expensive technology. The use of technology must be adapted to context and budget. At P3 Permaculture we recognize that the urban context of Montreal in which we are situated is awash with an abundance of resources. We value thrift, upcycling, recycling, and closed-loop systems. Many other permaculturists do too, and there is a wealth of permaculture resources available to help make your perma dreams come true without the use of excessive amounts of money.
What does it mean to have a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)? To obtain a PDC, students must complete the 72-hour Permaculture Design Course in its entirety. The PDC is a participatory and dynamic learning experience; classes include in-depth permaculture theory, design methodology, design exercises and projects, and a whole lot of questioning, laughing, and growing together. The PDC certification program was developed by Bill Mollison in Australia in the 1970s, and is recognized and respected worldwide, even though it is not formally accredited.
How can a PDC benefit your career? Permaculture education shapes world views, and solidifies action plans. Thinking as a permaculturist helps you to make appropriate social and ecological interventions in any field you dedicate yourself to; it may, in fact, completely change your relationship to the areas you have been exploring for years.
Many P3 alum choose to start their own business as permaculture designers, consultants, and implementors. Permaculture opens doors to all kinds of paths, including social entrepreneurship, natural building, food forestry, passive-solar building design, natural agriculture, community organizing, research & development, and many more. What sets P3 Permaculture apart? At P3 Permaculture accessibility is at the core of our mission. We reject the notion of permaculture for only the privileged; everyone is entitled to permaculture education and services. We do design work for clients on a variety of scales and budgets, and we have different PDC funding options that can be used on an as-needed basis, no questions asked. We suggest work-trades, partnerships, and a crowdfunding platforms to finance your permaculture education or design needs.
We truly believe that permaculture is about appropriate, contextual and lasting solutions. Additionally, we are working towards positioning ourselves as a resource not only for permaculture, but also for social entrepreneurship in Montréal by cultivating an ecosystem of partner enterprises.
What can P3 do for you? At P3 our tagline is Design, Share, Grow, and our activities are based on these concepts. P3 offers the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) both on a part-time and full-time basis, as well as workshops, talks, and special events. We also provides consultation services that are site and budget specific, guiding you from the initial brainstorming phase to the full implementation of a design.