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Historically, Permaculture as a design system has been around for over 40 years now, a product of the collaboration between Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. In terms of strategies and techniques there was very little that was new, in fact I understand that Mollison himself is known to have said repeatedly, “There is nothing new in Permaculture!” Indeed these strategies and techniques have been around for a long time, often centuries or millennia.

It’s an age old question that has been floating around for perhaps as long as has Permaculture itself. An one that is nigh impossible to answer.

What was and still is new about Permaculture is the bringing together of all these strategies and techniques into a Functional Design system. But even then, defining Permaculture is a nigh impossible task.