Cultivating Regeneration: The Vital Role of Research and Development Policies in our Organisation

(See our policy at the end)


In the world of permaculture, where sustainable practices and ecological harmony are paramount, the need for continual innovation and improvement is evident. Permaculture organisations, driven by the ethos of working with nature rather than against it, can significantly benefit from establishing robust Research and Development (R&D) policies. Here, we will touch on why, for us, having a dedicated R&D policy is crucial for our permaculture organisation striving to make a lasting impact on our planet.


Adaptation to Changing Environments:

Permaculture is deeply rooted in the principle of observing and interacting with natural systems. However, as our environment undergoes rapid changes due to climate variations and other factors, permaculture practices must adapt. A well-structured R&D policy enables organisations to stay at the forefront of sustainable solutions by fostering continuous adaptation and evolution.

Innovation in Sustainable Practices:

The core philosophy of permaculture is about designing productive and sustainable systems over the long term. Research and development are crucial to identifying and implementing innovative practices that enhance productivity without compromising the ecological balance. From soil health improvement to water conservation techniques, R&D provides the foundation for pushing the boundaries of sustainable design.

Knowledge Sharing and Education:

One of the pillars of permaculture is the sharing of knowledge within communities. A permaculture organisation with a firm R&D policy is better equipped to disseminate new findings and insights to its community. This empowers practitioners with the latest information and fosters a culture of continuous learning within the organisation and its networks.

Scaling Up Impact:

Permaculture organisations often start as grassroots movements with local impact. A well-defined R&D policy allows these organisations to scale up their efforts by developing and refining sustainable practices that can be applied on a larger scale. Whether it’s through the creation of educational programs or the establishment of demonstration projects, R&D lays the groundwork for amplifying the positive impact of permaculture initiatives.

Resilience in the Face of Challenges:

The world faces numerous challenges, from resource scarcity to environmental degradation. Permaculture organisations, emphasising resilience, can use R&D to address and overcome these challenges. Research-driven solutions contribute to developing resilient ecosystems that can withstand shocks, ensuring the longevity and success of permaculture initiatives.

Policy Advocacy and Influence:

Permaculture organisations are crucial in advocating for policies that support sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation. A solid R&D policy provides these organisations with a wealth of data and evidence to bolster their advocacy efforts. It strengthens their position as leaders in sustainable practices, making them valuable contributors to local, regional, and even global policy discussions.


In the ever-evolving landscape of sustainable agriculture and ecological stewardship, permaculture organisations must be equipped to lead the way. A well-crafted Research and Development policy is not just a strategic choice; it’s a fundamental necessity for organisations cultivating a regenerative and harmonious relationship with our planet. By investing in research and innovation, permaculture organisations can inspire positive change, foster resilience, and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

Savour Soil Permaculture Research and Development Policy



 Vision Statement:

Our permaculture organisation is committed to creating a regenerative and sustainable future by applying permaculture ethics and design principles. We aim to foster resilient communities, regenerate ecosystems, and promote holistic decision-making for a harmonious coexistence with nature.

 Mission Statement:

Our mission is to conduct research and development activities that advance the understanding and application of permaculture ethics and design principles. Through innovative solutions and holistic decision-making processes, we aim to contribute to developing regenerative practices, education, and community empowerment.


I. Permaculture Ethics Integration:

 1. Earth Care:

a. Conduct Research to enhance understanding of sustainable land management practices.

b. Develop projects that promote soil health, water conservation, and biodiversity conservation.

2. People Care:

a. Focus on community-based projects that address the well-being and resilience of individuals and communities.

b. Research and develop educational programs to empower people with permaculture knowledge and skills.

3. Fair Share:

a. Investigate and promote equitable resource distribution and community cooperation.

b. Develop projects that address social justice, fair livelihoods, and inclusive decision-making processes.

II. Design Principles Implementation:

 1. Observe and Interact:

a. Conduct on-site Research to understand local ecosystems and community dynamics.

b. Develop tools and methodologies for practical observation and interaction in permaculture design.

 2. Catch and Store Energy:

a. Research renewable energy solutions applicable to permaculture systems.

b. Develop storage and distribution systems for harvested energy in permaculture settings.

 3. Obtain a Yield:

a. Develop projects that demonstrate the economic viability of permaculture practices.

b. Research and implement strategies to maximise yields while maintaining ecological balance.

 4. Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback:

a. Establish mechanisms for continuous evaluation and Feedback in all projects.

b. Research self-regulating systems for permaculture designs and integrate feedback loops.

 5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services:

a. Investigate and promote the use of renewable resources in permaculture systems.

b. Develop projects that showcase the value of ecosystem services and natural processes.

 6. Produce No Waste:

a. Research and implement closed-loop systems to minimise waste generation.

b. Develop strategies for recycling and upcycling within permaculture systems.

 7. Design from Patterns to Details:

a. Promote the understanding of larger ecological patterns in permaculture design.

b. Develop tools and resources for translating patterns into detailed, context-specific designs.

 8. Integrate Rather Than Segregate:

a. Research and implement integrated permaculture systems that mimic natural ecosystems.

b. Develop guidelines for designing integrated, multi-functional landscapes.

9. Use Small and Slow Solutions:

a. Advocate for small-scale, locally adapted solutions in permaculture projects.

b. Research the effectiveness of gradual, incremental changes in diverse contexts.

 10. Use and Value Diversity:

a. Research the benefits of biodiversity in permaculture systems.

b. Develop projects that celebrate and enhance cultural, ecological, and genetic diversity.

III. Holistic Decision Making:

 1. Holistic Goal Setting:

a. Encourage the development of holistic goals for all projects.

b. Provide training and resources to support individuals and communities in setting holistic goals.

 2. Decision-Making Processes:

a. Promote consensus-based decision-making processes.

b. Provide tools and training for effective and inclusive decision-making within permaculture initiatives.

 3. Feedback and Adaptation:

a. Establish mechanisms for regular Feedback and adaptation in project planning.

b. Research and implement adaptive management strategies based on feedback.

 4. Whole Systems Thinking:

a. Emphasise the importance of considering the entire system in decision-making.

b. Develop training programs to enhance whole systems thinking skills within the organisation.

IV. Monitoring and Evaluation:

 1. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

a. Define and regularly monitor KPIs for each project based on permaculture principles.

b. Implement a system for transparent reporting on the progress and impact of projects.

 2. Continuous Improvement:

a. Establish a culture of continuous improvement through regular evaluation.

b. Use Feedback to adapt strategies and approaches for ongoing enhancement.

 3. Knowledge Sharing:

a. Facilitate sharing research findings, successes, and challenges within the organisation and the broader permaculture community.

b. Develop a knowledge repository to archive and disseminate valuable insights.

V. Compliance and Ethical Considerations:

 1. Legal Compliance:

a. Ensure that all research and development activities comply with local, regional, and international laws and regulations.

b. Establish mechanisms for staying informed about changes in relevant legal frameworks.

 2. Ethical Standards:

a. Uphold ethical standards in all research and development activities.

b. Foster a culture of integrity, transparency, and responsibility within the organisation.

 3. Cultural Sensitivity:

a. Recognise and respect diverse cultural perspectives in research and development projects.

b. Engage with local communities in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner.

 This Research and Development Policy serves as a guiding framework for our permaculture organisation, ensuring that our activities align with the principles and ethics of permaculture. It is a living document that will be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect our organisation’s evolving needs and insights and the broader permaculture community.