Land Use Principles

At Peacehaven we believe that the health of the land and people are deeply interdependent.  In that spirit, we utilize permaculture design principles to guide our work at the farm.  Permaculture is the combination of two words—permanent and agriculture and for us results in working with, rather than against, nature.  Permaculture draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, integrated farming, sustainable development, and applied ecology.  It requires applying lessons from nature through protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless action.  It teaches us to create settings and construct ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and the resilience of natural ecosystems. In the spirit of sustainability, it also teaches us to allow natural and designed ecosystems to demonstrate their own evolutions. 


The core tenets of permaculture are:

  • Care of the Earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.
  • Care of People: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
  • Setting Limits to Population and Consumption: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.

 Permaculture provides a framework for building sustainability into all aspects of life on the farm and bringing health to our environment, our farm community and our world.

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly more complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple…”

-Bill Mollison, co-founder of the world-wide permaculture movement