The relationship between the calendar and this website began with their joint release in 2008. Images from the calendar illustrate a design principle each month, bringing the permaculture philosophy to life.
These examples have been submitted from people around the world as a way to for you to explore the diverse ways in which permaculture can be put into practice. The intuitive understanding of each principle over a month helps form a integrated picture of a lifestyle that lives in tune with natural systems.
100% of profits from sales of the calendar are used to support permaculture projects internationally, with over AU$12,000 donated to Permaculture Australia’s Permafund.
The Permaculture Calendar includes a moon planting guide and can be purchased here.
Interested in submitting your own images?
We are always on the lookout for images to help give a wider interpretation of how the design principles can be applied.
It’s an ideal place to expose projects that demonstrate permaculture thinking to the hundreds of thousands of people that visit the site each year, as well as the many thousands more who see the calendar up in people homes and offices.
You may want to set yourself an exercise of taking a photo to illustrate a particular principle. Or you may have taken an amazing photo that illustrates multiple principles. A great exercise for permaculture teachers to set students, or a photo competition for your local group.
You can highlight your (or someone else’s) photo to us, by using the hashtag #permaculturecalendar on Instagram. If we think it’s a contender we’ll get in touch.
What we are looking for
Photos with people and/or animals in them tend to fare well as they help bring images to life. Photos (or illustrations) must be in landscape format that are (ideally) high resolution jpeg files (around 3000 x 4000 pixels), so that they can be printed at over A4 size.
Email your submissions to [email protected] before the Permaculture Day, the first Sunday in May.
If your image is selected as the cover for the Permaculture Calendar you’ll receive ten copies to share. Selections from inside will receive three copies for each image used along with links and credits – a small token of thanks for your contributions. We also provide photographer and location credits, along with links on the back page of the calendar – which will also appear on the website to illustrate each of the principles long after the calendar year has passed. It’s a great opportunity to expand our understanding of what permaculture is and how it can be integrated into our everyday lives.
For inspiration, check out the collection on each of the design principle pages. New calendars are available by September each year. Happy snapping!
Richard Telford and the Permaculture Principles team