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urban landscape has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland
across North America. Imagine how much more self-reliant
our communities would be if 30 million acres of lawns
were made productive again. Permaculture is a practical
way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing,
and energy systems; making growing fruits, vegetables
and livestock easier and more sustainable.
Permaculture Handbook is a step-by-step, beautifully
illustrated guide to creating resilient and prosperous
households and neighborhoods, complemented by extensive
case studies of three successful farmsteads and market
gardens. This comprehensive manual casts garden farming
as both an economic opportunity and a strategy for living
well with less money.
shows how, by mimicking the intelligence of nature and
applying appropriate technologies such as solar and
environmental design, permaculture can:
an abundance of fresh, nourishing local produce
dependence on expensive, polluting fossil fuels
our cities and countryside
waste into wealth
is about working with the earth and with each other
to repair the damage of industrial overreach and to
enrich the living world that sustains us. The Permaculture
Handbook is the definitive, practical NorthAmerican
guide to this revolutionary practice, and is a must-read
for anyone concerned about creating food security, resilience
and a legacy of abundance rather than depletion.
Resilient Farm and Homestead:
An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
by Ben Falk
$40, 205pp., 2013
Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful,
and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle
an age of rapid transition.
Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research
farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced
paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be
overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk's
wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard
of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings
is a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture
and modern homesteading.
book covers nearly every strategy Falk and his team have been
testing at the Whole Systems Research Farm over the past decade,
as well as experiments from other sites Falk has designed through
his off-farm consulting business. The book includes detailed
information on earthworks; gravity-fed water systems; species
composition; the site-design process; site management; fuelwood
hedge production and processing; human health and nutrient-dense
production strategies; rapid topsoil formation and remineralization;
agroforestry/silvopasture/grazing; ecosystem services, especially
regarding flood mitigation; fertility management; human labor
and social-systems aspects; tools/equipment/appropriate technology;
and much more, complete with gorgeous photography and detailed
Design: A Step-by-Step Guide by Aranya
$25, 191pp, 2012
from course worksheets that have been tested on students over
time, Aranya's Permaculture Design leads you through the design
process from beginning to end using clear explanations, flowcharts
Linking theory to practice, Aranya places the ethics, prinicples,
philosophies, tools and techniques directly into the context
of the process itself. While written for anyone with a basic
grasp of permaculture, this book also has plenty to offer
the more experienced designer.
Systems and patterns
Working as part of a design team
Land and non-land based design
Site surveying and map making
Working with large client groups
Choosing systems and elements
Placement and integration
Creating a design proposal
Presenting your ideas to clients
Pioneers: Stories from the new frontier
edited by Kerry Dawborn & Caroline
$35, 2011, 364pp.
Review - PDF) This book explores social
and inner change for sustainability, charting a history
of the first three decades of permaculture, through
the personal stories of Australian permaculturists.
From permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, to ABC
Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne, the authors
span the generations and the continent.
represent the scope, depth and diversity of Australian
permaculture. They explore some of the influences on
those who have embraced it, record milestones and highlight
recurring themes. The editors’ contributions and
afterword by social ecologist Professor Stuart B Hill
frame the stories in terms of transformation of the
inner landscape of our minds and hearts, as the critical
starting point for the outer change that is needed.
resilient pioneer plants with their ability to grow
in barren and hostile ground, social pioneers work courageously
at the edges of accepted norms, bringing new ideas and
opportunities. They build knowledge, experience and
new perspectives – fertile soil for those who
are stories from stories from David Holmgren, Terry
White, Robyn Francis, Max Lindegger, Vries Gravestein,
Jeff Nugent, Geoff Lawton, Russ Grayson, Fiona Campbell,
Annemarie & Graham Brookman, Rosemary Morrow, Martha
Hills, Janet Millington, Robin Clayfield, Alanna Moore,
Naomi Coleman, Virginia Solomon, Ross Mars, Jill Finnane,
Ian Lillington, Jane Scott, Josh Byrne, Tony Jansen,
Morag Gamble and afterword by Stuart B. Hill
Living Landscape, How to Read and Understand It
by Patrick Whitefield $38, 2009, 331pp.
Review - PDF)
latest book shows you how to read the landscape and looks
at what you can expect to find in woods, grassland, heath,
moor, wetland, hedgerows and waysides.
At the heart of the book lies the process of succession
– the way the landscape changes as soon as we relax
our grip on it, how new plants colonise and new ecosystems
develop. It explains how the fascinating blend of natural
forces and human action creates the landscape around us,
and enables us to see our surrounding in a way we have
never seen them before. The Living Landscape shows how
everything we see is a product of the living dance between
the rocks beneath us, the thin layer of soil, the local
climate, the plants and animals which inhabit the land
and the people who have forged it into their own habitat.
result of a lifetime spent in the countryside and twenty
years of deliberate observation and note taking, the
book reveals Patrick’s passion for the subject
as well as his deep knowledge of it. The text is interspersed
with line drawings and extracts from his notebooks,
illustrating the various themes of the book with examples
from all over Britain (and applicable to many temperate
Although the book has a great relevance to permaculture
– observing and understanding the existing landscape
is an important part of the permaculture design process
– it has a much wider appeal. It’s for anyone
who spends time in the countryside, whether professionally
or for pleasure.
“Patrick’s book can open your eyes. Through
The Living Landscape he inspires people to reconnect
with the land as a living entity, develop an active
relationship with nature and the countryside and experience
it first hand.” - Ben Law, woodlander, author,
in Systems: A Primer
by Donella Meadows
$20, 2008, 240pp.
Meadows’ exposition in this book exhibits a degree
of clarity and simplicity that can only be attained
by one who profoundly and honestly understands the subject
at hand--in this case systems modeling. Many thanks
to Diana Wright for bringing this extra legacy from
Dana to us.” —Herman Daly, Professor, School
of Public Policy, University of Maryland at College
I read Thinking in Systems I am reminded of the enormity
of the gap between systemic thinkers and policy makers.
If this book helps narrow the gap, it will be Dana’s
greatest contribution.” —Lester Brown, founder
and President, Earth Policy Institute
Meadows was one of the smartest people I ever knew,
able to figure out the sensible answer to almost any
problem. This book explains how she thought, and hence
is of immense value to those of us who often wonder
what she'd make of some new problem. A classic.”
—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
in Systems is required reading for anyone hoping to
run a successful company, community, or country. Learning
how to think in systems is now part of change-agent
literacy. And this is the best book of its kind.”
—Hunter Lovins, founder and President of
Natural Capital Solutions and coauthor of Natural Capitalism:
Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
Holistic Life: Sustainability Through Permaculture by Ian Lillington, 144pp, 2007, $19
$25 Special Sale Price!
this timely book, the author sets out the vision for
a sustainable planet as well as methods we can all use
to get there. The time has now come to get very serious
about using alternatives and conserving what we already
have, rather than living as if there is an unlimited
supply of what we all know to be limited resources.
Within this book are simple starting points which, when
implemented, will be a small but significant change.
of the subjects covered will help you see a world of new
A different way of seeing the world; Meeting new challenges;
Permaculture - an antidote to consumer society; Feeding
ourselves; Growing your own; Personal & household
strategies for sustainable living; Using less fossil fuel
- understanding our energy addiction; Villages within
the city & community gardens; Permaculture principles.
EARTH CARE MANUAL
A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate
Countries by Patrick Whitefield
2004, 480pp, 206 black and white photos, 43 color
photos, 145 line diagrams & numerous tables.
years in the making, this is the long awaited study of
permaculture specifically for cooler climates. It takes
a detailed view of designing sustainable systems both
large and small, urban and rural.Defining permaculture
and placing it in the context of the green movement, this
important book is divided into three parts. Part One:
The principles underlying permaculture as applied to soil,
fertility, water, climate, microclimate, energy and materials.
Part Two: Applying permaculture to buildings, gardens,
orchards, farming, woodlands and biodiversity. Part Three:
The permaculture design process in action, how to develop
your home or project on permaculture lines, plus many
useful skills and techniques. Scrupulously researched
and written in an accessible style by Patrick Whitefield,
one of Europe’s foremost permaculture teachers,
designers and author of How
to Make a Forest Garden and Permaculture
in a Nutshell. It is lavishly illustrated, filled
with case studies and useful contacts.
Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability by
David Holmgren Co-Originator
of the Permaculture Concept 2003,
book builds on the extraordinary success of the permaculture
concept and global permaculture movement (over the last
25 years), to provide a more cerebral and controversial
contribution to the sustainability debate.
Holmgren is an ecological pioneer destined to have a
major influence on permaculture's evolution.
"If the 'Permaculture Principles' that David Holmgren
discusses in this extremely important book were applied
to all that we do, we would be well on the road to sustainability,
and beyond." Professor Stuart B Hill (Foundation
Chair of the Social Ecology University of Western Sydney)
there ways to live within nature's limits while providing
a secure future for our children and justice for everyone?
We think so. Read this book.
Garden 2nd Edition:
A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by
Toby Hemenway 2001,
first book published in the US in a generation to embrace
ecological design of the home landscape, Gaia's Garden
is a snapshot of Permaculture in America at the turn
of the century. Toby Hemenway is a scientist, trained
in genetics, who shares with his readers his rapturous
enjoyment of the garden.
people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which
involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful
plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre
scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and
easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by
assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively
and perform a variety of functions, including: Building
and maintaining soil fertility and structure Catching
and conserving water in the landscape Providing habitat
for beneficial insects, birds, and animals Growing an
edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits,
nuts, and other foods
revised and updated edition also features a new chapter
on urban permaculture, designed especially for people
in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space.
Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you
can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more
diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful.
Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological
garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking
work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn
of Permaculture Design by Ross Mars, 2005, $25, 170
Basics of Permaculture Design, first published in Australia
in 1996, is an excellent introduction to the principles
of permaculture, design processes, and the tools needed
for designing sustainable gardens, farms, and larger
Packed with useful tips, clear illustrations, and a
wealth of experience, it guides you through designs
for gardens, urban and rural properties, water harvesting
systems, animal systems, permaculture in small spaces
like balconies and patios, farms, schools, and ecovillages.
This is both a do-it-yourself guide for the enthusiast
and a useful reference for permaculture designers.
and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally
by Robert Kourik; Foreword by Rosalind Creasy
1986, $49, 45 b&w photographs, 204 illustrations,
published in 1986, this classic is back in print by
popular demand. It is the authoritative text on edible
landscaping, featuring a step-by-step guide to designing
a productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers,
and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary
includes descriptions of plants for all temperate habitats,
methods for improving soil, tree pruning styles, and
gourmet recipes using low-maintenance plants. There
are sections on attracting beneficial insects with companion
plants and using planting to shelter your home from
erosion, heat, wind, and cold.
by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay. 2nd printing, 2000. 218pp. $38 Now
in stock again! (finally).
basic argument for permanent agriculture: how to feed
and house yourself in any climate with the least use
of land, energy, and repetitive labor. Supersedes Permaculture
One and Two. Topics in this book include:
- Energy-efficient site analysis, planning and design
- House placement and design for template, dryland and
Urban permaculture: garden layouts, land access and community
- Using fences, trellis, greenhouse and shadehouse to
- Chicken and pig forage systems; tree crops and pasture
integration for stock
- Orchards and home woodlots for temperate, arid and tropical
- Permaculture gardens: energy-saving designs and techniques
- How to influence microclimate around the house and garden
- Large section on selected plant species lists, with
climate tolerance, heights and uses
a la Permacultura
por Bill Mollison con Reny Mia Slay 1994, 202pp, $28
y ejemplos para disenar pueblos, casas, y huertos sostenibles.
Traducido de la edicion ingles original, contiene las
mismas ilustraciones y listas de plantas y tambien un
glosario de palabras que son unicas en la Permacultura.
A Designer's Manual
by Bill MollisonNow
back in print!
Order now while they last.
576 pp. $105 Global treatment
of cultivated ecosystems. Resource for all landscapes
and climates. Lucid illustrations by Andrew Jeeves bring
Mollison's concepts to life. Essential, in-depth look
at earth repair and practical design. This is
the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since
1988. It is one of the primary textbooks and curriculum
for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design.
for teachers, students and designers, it follows
on and greatly enlarges on the initial introductory
texts, permaculture One (1978) and Permaculture Two
little of the material found in this book is reproduced
from the former texts. It covers design methodologies
and strategies for both urban and rural applications,
describing property design and natural farming techniques.
in a Nutshell
by Patrick Whitefield
75 pp. $13 The perfect gift to introduce
friends & family to permaculture. Brief, concise,
comprehensive, it shows how permaculture works in the
city, the country and on the farm. Explores ways in
which people can work together to recreate real communities.
User's Guide to Permaculture: 2nd
Edition by Rosemary Morrow and Rob Allsop 2006. 264pp., $35
completely revised and updated edition of Rosemary Morrow's
highly successful Earth User's Guide to Permaculture
is a straight-forward manual of practical permaculture.
Fundamentally, permaculture is design science and in
this new edition design is emphasized. This book will
be most beneficial if you apply it to the space where
you live and work. The same principles apply for becoming
more sustainable and living lightly whether you live
in a small city apartment with a balcony, in a house
with a garden in the suburbs, or on acreage in the country.
in this new edition are chapters on seed-saving, permaculture
at work, integrated pest management, information about
domestic as well as rural water usage, a non-destructive
approach towards dealing with weeds and wildlife, and
designing to withstand a disaster.
User's Guide to Permaculture is suitable for beginners
as well as experienced permaculture practitioners looking
for new ideas in moving towards greater self-reliance
and sustainable living.
User's Guide to Teaching Permaculture: 2nd
Edition by Rosemary Morrow 2006. 264pp., $35
design is a powerful tool for creating systems that
meet our human needs but also support the ecosystem
as a whole. It applies ecological principles to designing
gardens, farms, community projects, even entire human
settlements. The standard seventy-two-hour Permaculture
Design (PDC) course is taught all over the world to
farmers, gardeners, design professionals, and world
changers who want to practically create a healthier,
more equitable planet.
Morrow offers evidence for permaculture’s effectiveness
and describes each unit of the PDC’s curriculum.
This fully revised and updated edition contains a wealth
of technical information for teaching permaculture design
and includes new findings in emerging disciplines such
as regenerative agriculture. The Earth User’s
Guide to Teaching Permaculture is of key relevance to
teachers and students of architecture, landscape design,
ecology, and other disciplines like geography, regenerative
agriculture, agro-ecology, and agroforestry, as well
as permaculture design. It leads the reader step by
step through a recommended course structure, providing
a flexible approach that encourages the adaptation of
the materials for specific bioregional and cultural
conditions. With advice on teaching aids, topics for
class discussion, extensive reading lists, and tips
on teaching adults, this book is bound to be an invaluable
friend to the experienced and novice teacher alike.
Towns - Building - Construction
by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa,
Murray Silverstein with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King,
Shlomo Angel 1977, 1172pp,
working document for a new theory of architecture, building,
and planning which forms the basis for a new traditional
post-industrial architecture created by people. It introduces
the archetypal language which allows lay person to design
for themselves. "Brilliant....Here's how to design or
redesign any space you're living or working in--from
metropolis to room. Consider what you want to happen
in the space, and then page through this book. Its radically
conservative observations will spark, enhance, organize
your best ideas, and a wondrous home, workplace, town
will result"--San Francisco Chronicle
believe this to be perhaps the most important book on
architectural design published this century. Every library,
every school, every environmental action group, every
architect, and every first-year student should have a
copy." Tony Ward, Architectural Design
Nature: Deliberate Encounters with the Visible World
by Paul Krafel 1999, 208 pp, $16
book] is a gift . . . With curiosity, wit, and a spare
and graceful style, Krafel notes why birds in flocks
land as they do, how islands can move upstream in a
river, how kelp forests, swaying gently, break the force
of the sea's power, how tundra plants create whole ecosystems
on bare rock from mere specks of life. Yet there are
no long-winded sermons about the woods, or cute anthropomorphizations
book's economical, unsentimental style is part of its
Seeing Nature is a series of true, parable-like stories
that offer tools for understanding relationships in
the natural world. Many of the stories take the reader
to wild landscapes, including canyons, tundra, and mountain
ridges, while others contemplate the human-made world:
water-diversion trenches and supermarket check-out lines.