It was fitting that APC14 was held in 2018 because 40 years ago, in 1978, a book called Permaculture One was published, a book that launched the permaculture design system.
The work of Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Tasmania, Permaculture One articulated ideas the two had been discussing for some time. It was the first substantial description of permaculture and opened the gates of participation to the design system's first batch of early adopters. From there the design system spread, first within Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand, then to other peoples in other lands. Today, permaculture has spread worldwide.
APC14 represented the diversity that is 40 years of evolution for the permaculture design system in Australia.
There was no chance of being bored at APC14. The sessions and workshops were varied and interesting. They spanned the full gamut in which the permaculture design system is implemented: landuse design, urban systems, farming, urban food production, social permaculture, international development, publishing and more.
Welcome to country
Local Aboriginal elder, Uncle Wally (left), welcomed APC14 participants to the land his people have occupied for tens of thousands of years. Here he is with Aboriginal agricultural researcher, Bruce Pascoe.