Department or Program

Environmental Studies


Permaculture is the “ultimate” form of sustainable agriculture and food production. Unlike other techniques, it takes into consideration the complete cycle of production and has the goal to improve the health of the environment while also creating webs of support for people and sustainable usage of resources. The ecological goal of permaculture is to create agriculture systems mimicked after natural ecosystems to optimize the potential of species to support one another. During a time when mass consumption and extraction of resources is common, permaculture continues to offer an alternative to degrading systems of production. In addition to environmental stewardship, land stewardship in Maine within the agriculture industry is important for young and new farmers to consider. Farming in Maine has a strong history and potential future, especially with the help of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT). MFT puts conservation easements on farmland to protect land for agriculture purposes long term and make it more accessible for people trying to farm. Permaculture is an important component of sustainable land stewardship in Maine. The importance of local agriculture in promoting economic and social bonds at the grassroots level shines through the principles and values of both permaculture and land conservation practices. This public writing thesis explores what the ecological principles of permaculture are, and why they matter for farmland conservation in Maine.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Misty Beck

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Components of Thesis

1 pdf file


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