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The Yelton's permaculture garden
Swales on a sloped site at the permaculture garden of Charles and Julia Yelton of Whitefield, Maine. Photo by Jean English for the Fall 2005 Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

The Yeltons' houseIn his book Introduction to Permaculture (Tagari Publications, Australia, 1991), Bill Mollison defines permaculture as "a sustainable agricultural system based on a multi-crop of perennial trees, shrubs, herbs (vegetables and weeds), fungi, and root systems." He also calls it "a philosophy and an approach to land use which weaves together microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management, and human needs into intricately connected, productive communities."

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