Open Source Permaculture

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Permaculture is an ecological way of thinking and designing human interactions for resilient, sustainable living.  It is a promising path to creating sustainable communities, founded on a system of ethics emphasizing shared values that embrace care for the Earth, care for the people, and sharing the excess.  Permaculture principles are often applied to gardens and sustainable food systems – yet they equally apply to all elements of sustainable human living. As a movement it is decentralized… with little public awareness of these important ideas.

This is where open source and crowd funding enter the picture. Open-source means that it is produced through an open, collaborative effort by peers, and the end product is available to the public at no cost. Putting open source and permaculture together is a savvy, useful combination. Add crowd sourcing and you have a complete online resource for all things permaculture.

Sophia Novack, a self-described permaculture geek, is currently leading a crowdfunding campaign to support the creation of Open Source Permaculture, a comprehensive online public resource for people seeking information on sustainability for their homes or communities. The web site would have all the resources and support they need, just a click away.  She has already been working on this project for two years by maintaining the Permaculture Directory, which is a comprehensive and free resource for Permaculture educational materials and course listings. Never before has permaculture been more accessible and shareable for the public. Crowd-sourcing and permaculture principles are bound to shape the 21st century, including the largest Public Food Forest in the nation, currently taking shape in Seattle.

“Crowdfunding Open Source Permaculture”, Patricia Larena, Shareable, April 5, 2012

Open Source Permaculture, 2012,

“Nation’s Largest Public Food Forest Takes Root on Beacon Hill”, Robert Mellinger,,  February 16, 2012,


Student Researcher: Shahin Karimbeik, San Francisco State University

Faculty Evaluator: Kenn Burrows, San Francisco State University