More than just another method of organic gardening, Permaculture is a sustainable system, built from the wisdom of nature. While you or I can start the system, or guide it, Permaculture relies on the time proven methods evolved in nature to do the real work.
Rather than spending hours of back breaking work each spring tilling the soil to plant in neat little rows, permies (permaculturists) prefer to plant perennials that just keep coming back; toss some compost on last years beds, and let the worms till the soil, let the chickens eat the scraps, thin the insects and fertilize the soil; create slow drainage areas so rain can effectively water the garden; plant food producing hedges to keep out the unwanted wild lif; and kick back and watch the abundance overflow.
The sustainable method, identified by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the early 1970's, is catching on around the world. Individuals faced with rising food, and health costs, concern for the environment and peak oil, are taking responsibility for their life and the world in which they live. Guilds are popping up all over the globe to support individuals interested in returning to a more self sustaining way of life.
Below is a video (in 5 parts) of a wonderful BBC documentary which describes one farmer's quest to create a sustainable farm. She considers both why and how this transition is necessary. She provides a candid look at the roll of oil in our current system of food production, and explores established low energy farming models.
Watch this informative film to learn why it's time for a paradigm shift when it comes to how we feed ourselves.
If you would rather watch as a single stream, use this link: http://www.viddler.com/explore/PermaScience/videos/4/