What is Permaculture? 

Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way

"Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way."

Permaculture is an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor. It teaches us how build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, build communities and much more.

The word permaculture was coined by Bill Mollison and Davod Holmgren in the mid-1970’s to describe an integrated, evolving system of perennial or self-perpetuating plant and animal species useful to man.

A more current definition of permaculture, which reflects the expansion of focus, 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. 

Why is SEP practicing and teaching Permaculture?

SEP decided to use Permaculture as a modality to assist the East Kano community after some of its board members and staff were introduced to it by the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya (PRI - Kenya). SEP is now using Permaculture as a method to improve the livelihood of the PLWA community in East Kano. To learn more about Permaculture in Kenya please go the PRI Kenya website:

SEP Permaculture Projects

1. Tree Nursery & Agroforestry Program

2. Permaculture Workshops with Support Groups

3. School Kitchen Garden Program

4. Poultry 

5. The Miracle Tree - Moringa