MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood

Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges

Garden Gate

17. Permaculture


  • What is permaculture?
  • What is a closed-loop system?
  • How can instituting permaculture practices be beneficial to your home garden?
  • Research common permaculture methods, such as lasagna gardening, Hügelkultur, and rotational grazing.


  • What do guilds in permaculture refer to? Why are they important?
  • Where can you apply some of the ideas and techniques you've researched in your home garden or yard?
  • Now that you've identified an area where you can institute some permaculture practices, develop a plan and go for it!
  • How did it turn out? What did you learn in the process?


  • Look to apply what you've learned about permaculture to a larger scale by researching the landscaping practices in your town or city. Is there a public space that could benefit from employing permaculture practices?
  • If there is a public space you think would benefit from permaculture practices, get involved! Go to city council meetings and lobby for it to happen at the public space you've identified.
  • If you're unable to identify a nearby public space that would benefit, do you have a neighbor you can share what you've learned with and help them set up some practices that would benefit their landscape?

April, 2024 Edition