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A contraction of "permanent agriculture," the word "permaculture" was coined by Australian Bill Mollison in the late 1970s. One of the many alternative agriculture systems described as sustainable, permaculture emphasizes design with thought given to the location of each element in a landscape, and the evolution of that landscape over time. The goal of permaculture is to produce an efficient, low-maintenance integration of plants, animals, people and structure, which can be applied at the scale of a home garden, all the way up to a large farm.

Example of Permaculture:

Permaculture is similar to an integrated farm that uses variety of crops in particular type of landscape so that the farm mimics the ecological systems.
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Grapes are one of the oldest cultivated fruits. They have been around for more than 8,000 years.