The goal of this study is to share real stories and perspectives about integrating permaculture design in a residential setting, from those with in-depth experience. This study begins with a brief look at the convergence of pertinent contexts, including climate change, the sustainability movement, and the importance of the residential scale. Then it moves into reviewing theoretical literature about permaculture theory and design, particularly the definition, development, ethics, and design principles. The study uses a case study methodology. Seven interviews on residential permaculture sites in the Northwest region were gathered and thematically analyzed. The research results are a collection of narratives and a presentation of themes. The narrative stories are not utopic; they are a realistic view into what a developing permaculture system looks like around the home setting. The research confirms important points of permaculture theory and design, and offers an inspiring set of stories and advice relevant to the permaculture movement at large, to the Northwest region, and to those working towards a more sustainable way of life.
|Commitee:||Greenblum, Ellen, Malachesky, Amanda|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Ecological agriculture, Ecological design, Great turning, Household economy, Permaculture, Women in agriculture|
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