Permaculture Origins

Permaculture was first coined by Australian co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. It is a contraction of “permanent agriculture” and “permanent culture“. In the first publication Permaculture One, permaculture “describes an integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man.”
Bill Mollison has said that “permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments.”
David Holmgren has said that “a more current definition of permaculture, which reflects the expansion of focus implicit in Permaculture One, is consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs. People, their buildings and the ways in which they organise themselves are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture.”

Vegan Permaculture

Vegan Permaculture revolves around intentional design systems for sustainable human settlements that integrate growing food, building structures, community, appropriate technology and nature. Basically vegan permaculture is design and systems thinking to work more in harmony with ourselves (humans) and the natural world.
Vegan Permaculture differs from the original Permaculture thinking by not exploiting any animals in any of the systems, by way of their body parts, fluids or physical energy, that is against their universal right to being free to live out their natural lives. To clarify, animals are not removed from the oceans or river systems, or bred into captivity for humans to use in any system. However it is unrealistic to imagine any type of settlement or food system without any animals in it, so those animals are wild and free, and are just going about their normal lives. This means that the natural behaviours of wildlife are integrated into a vegan permaculture design, as that is the natural ecosystem that we imitate.
Vegan permaculture is a peaceful, compassionate and wholistic way of living on this amazing planet and ensuring a future for all species. 
Dragonfly Three Permaculture specialises in vegan permaculture and offers courses for people who:
  • are vegan or non-vegan and interested in a greater awareness and way of thinking


  • want to learn about permaculture without the exploitation of animals


  • care about animals and want to help end animal cruelty


  • are environmentalists, human rights activists, and animal rights activists


  • work as teachers, community leaders or workers, and parents/carers


  • are developers, architects, designers, planners, engineers, builders, tradies


  • are gardeners, market gardeners, horticulturalists, farmers


  • are renters, transient, homeowners or wish to be in the future


  • want to become more responsible for their own footprint on this planet and be more sustainable


“For animals, all people are nazis; to them life is an eternal Treblinka.”
~ Isaac Bashevis.  Singer, Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Prize Winner