3 most famous names in the history of permaculture and organic farming

Permaculture is a way of life, i.e. a system of principles and rules which greatly exceeds the boundaries of agriculture and gardening, although many people nowadays restrict it only to these areas of human activity. This elaborate set of rules is focused on preservation of non-renewable resources and our complete environment, by copying or mimicking patterns and designs found in nature. It can be applied to various fields of modern society interactions, like natural building, engineering and economy.


Many people are deeply touched by the whole situation with natural world and are actively engaged in the battle for protection and sustainable usage of resources. This “battle” for a better and healthier lifestyle started all the way back in 1900s when people began to oppose the unstoppable growth and dominance of increased industrialization. Pollution, global warming and similar eco-problems were being more and more present in the media, and those levels of awareness reached their peak during the 1960s. Soon after that, in 1978 two Australian experts published the book called “Permaculture One” which marked a great step forward in the efforts to save our endangered world.

Several names have deserved the utmost respect for their hard work and continuous attempts to make permaculture available to anybody, and although some of them worked before the official establishment of the movement, they are included here, because they influenced the younger generations and were active in the field of organic farming.


David Holmgren

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008): Japanese philosopher and one of the most important names in the field of organic farming. His book “The One-Straw Revolution” (1975) left enormous impact on experts all over the world, and was sold in more than one million copies on more than 20 languages. He travelled extensively all over the world, giving lectures and receiving numerous awards for his work and teaching.

Bill Mollison (1928- ): Australian professor, author and scientist who is considered “the father of permaculture” since he co-founded the system with his student in 1978. He later founded “The Permaculture Institute” in Tasmania and created the system of leadership and training courses.

David Holmgren (1955- ): Australian writer and environmentalist with long history in activism and permaculture. Together with Mollison he coined the term permaculture and is also considered one of the founding fathers. During the years, he held many courses on this topic and wrote numerous publications and books. Ecovillage “Fryers Forest” in Australia is his most significant contribution to practical permaculture.

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Other honorable mentions definitely have to include names like Geoff Lawton and Toby Hemenway who are well-known authors on subject of permaculture, or Rudolf Stainer and J.I Rodale who are pioneers of organic farming and have also wrote notable publications, or the modern-day activists and fighters for Mother Nature, like Vladislav Davidzon who founded a popular design school (“Regenerative Leadership Institute” in 2004) and since then provides high-quality courses on the topics of sustainable living, renewable resources, waste recycling, economical elements of permaculture and many more.

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