Permaculture, short for permanent agriculture and permanent culture, has its roots in the 1960's and the practices of an Austrian farmer by the name of Sepp Holzer. The word itself was coined in the early 1970's by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holgren. Bill went on to found the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia which to this day offers training courses in permaculture design to a wide variety of people from different cultures and climatic zones, all sharing an interest in learning more on the sustainable use of land and its resources.
As far as PSHF is concerned and our own plans for the practice of permaculture, I am pleased to report that we have our own permaculture trainer designate in Rosendo Parreñas, an organic farmer practitioner and consultant in his 40's. At the time of writing, Rosendo is preparing his application to the Australian embassy for a visa to attend the PDC - Permaculture Design Certificate - course at Zaytuna farm in New South Wales in early October, 2010. On his return, Rosendo will be offering his time and services to the PSHF on a part-time basis whilst continuing his work as the project development officer with CARRD, the Center for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development.