Portland Permaculture Guild

What is the Portland Permaculture Guild?


We are an informal group interested in learning and promoting permaculture in the Portland, Oregon area. Permaculture is a system of conscious, sustainable, ecological design. See the glossary for more information.

We form partnerships with other organizations to promote sustainability education and implementation in our region, and welcome inquiries from any group with similar goals.


What is permaculture? 

Permaculture is a system of ecological design. It is the only design system which incorporates ethics as an integral part of the design process. The ethics of permaculture are Care for the Earth, Care for People, and Share your Surplus. By designing within these guidelines, we can all help to nurture and even regenerate our small portion of the planet.

One of the important tenets of pc (permaculture) philosophy is that of providing for as many of your own needs as possible. Few of us can manage to grow all the food we eat, but all of us are able to contribute to our own diet in some way. This makes gardening a prominent (and popular) feature in pc design, and there are many principles and techniques utilized in our gardens. However, there are many more aspects of pc that do not relate to gardening that anyone can do, anywhere. We invite you to explore them with us at our various events - and feel free to ask questions!