"Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that is modeled on the relationships found in nature. It is based on the ecology of how things interrelate rather than on the strictly biological concerns that form the foundation of modern agriculture. Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs; it's a system of design where each element supports and feeds other elements, ultimately aiming at systems that are virtually self-sustaining and into which humans fit as an integral part." (Wikipedia)
Bill Mollison, the "creator" of Permaculture has commented extensively on Village Homes. Here is a video of him walking around Village Homes
Sometime in the mid-80s there was a Davis-based "Permaculture Communications" that was active. Permaculture has been discussed and utilized by people involved in the Experimental College, the Domes at UCD, probably even at some of the co-housing or cooperatives here in town. Information is being researched and gathered about permaculture-type activities in Davis by the Davis Permaculture Guild. DPG is hoping to present permaculture, sustainability and localization events in Davis.
Does anyone know what happened to this group? Or is anyone interested in getting this happening again? - ConsciousConsumer
Here are some Permaculture related opportunities in Davis:
Bee Love School of Permaculture is your go-to if you want a primer on permaculture and all things relevant.
Project Compost, has free compost workshops where they give away free redworms; also composts over 250 tons of campus organic waste per year.
The Tri-Co-ops, has a couple of amazing organic gardens and orchards with houses running on a huge solar array, worm compost bins, a compost demonstration site, examples of sheet mulching and California natives, 4 bee hives which are used for both honey and pollination, amazingly designed cob benches, recycled art, and community living. Not to mention these folks know how to cook (vegetarian potlucks Sunday through Thursday, 7pm, open to the public).
Whole Earth Festival free festival with amazing people, music, free workshops and presentations, and lots of fun.
Permaculture Activist magazine that has its roots in Davis
The Domes beautiful garden and straw bale structured greenhouse is surrounded by a food forest based on permaculture principles
EC Gardens your opportunity to have your own garden plot and grow your own food
A permaculture design course was run by D-Q University and the Regenerative Design Institute in November of 2010.
The ecological garden nearby Bowley Hall is a good example of permaculture principles
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