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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
by Ben Falk
$40, 205pp., 2013
Resilient 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
The 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;
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 drawings.
Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist
How to have your yard and eat it too by Michael Judd 2013, 144pp, $25
Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist is a how-to manual
for the budding gardener and experienced green thumb
alike, full of creative and easy-to-follow designs that
guide you to having your yard and eating it, too. With
the help of more than 200 beautiful color photos and
drawings, permaculture designer and avid grower Michael
Judd takes the reader on a step-by-step process to transform
a sea of grass into a flourishing edible landscape that
pleases the eye as well as the taste buds. With personality
and humor, he translates the complexities of permaculture
design into simple self-build projects, providing full
details on the evolving design process, material identification,
book’s colorful pages are filled with practical
designs that Judd has created and built over years of
workshops, homesteading, and running an edible landscaping
business. Though geared toward suburban gardeners starting
from scratch, the book's designs can be easily grafted
to the micro-habits of the urban landscape, scaled up
to the acreage of homesteads, or adapted to already flourishing
landscapes. Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist
is a tool to spark and inform the imagination of anyone
with a desire to turn their landscape into a luscious
and productive edible Eden.
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 and diagrams.
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 / Design frameworks
/ Site surveying and map making / Interviewing clients
/ Working with large client groups / Identifying functions
/ Choosing systems and elements / Placement and integration
/ Creating a design proposal / Project management /
Presenting your ideas to clients
Caring & designing for ourselves, each other &
the planet by Looby Mcnamara
is the first book to explore how to use permaculture
design and principles for people - to restore personal,
social and planetary well-being.
& Permaculture widens the definition of permaculture
from being mainly about land-based systems to include
our own lives, relationships and society. This book
provides a framework to help each of us improve our
ability to care for ourselves, our friends, families
and for the Earth. It is also a clear guide for those
who may be new to permaculture, who may not even have
a garden, but who wish to be involved in making changes
to their lives and living more creative, low carbon
lives. People & Permaculture transforms the context
of permaculture making it relevant to everyone.
over 50 practical activities, People & Permaculture
empowers readers with tried and tested tools to initiate
positive change in their lives. It is a hands-on yet
powerful guide to creating a sustainable world.
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
How To Read The Landscape
by Patrick Whitefield $24,
According to an ICM poll, 77 percent
of UK adults, or about 38 million people, say they walk
for pleasure at least once a month. It is remarkable,
therefore, that no one has written about the landscapes
they’re walking through and enjoying . . . until
Patrick Whitefield has spent a lifetime
living and working in the countryside and twenty years
of that taking notes of what he sees, everywhere from
the Isle of Wight to the Scottish Highlands. This book
is the fruit of those years of experience.
How to Read the Landscape, Patrick explains everything
from the details, such as the signs that wild animals
leave as their signatures and the meaning behind the
shapes of different trees, to how whole landscapes,
including woodland, grassland, and moorland, fit together
and function as a whole.
and lakes, roads and paths, hedgerows and field walls
are also explained, as well as the influence of different
rocks, the soil, and the ever-changing climate. There’s
even a chapter on the fascinating history of the landscape
and one about natural succession, how the landscape
changes of its own accord when we leave it alone. The
landscape will never look the same again. You will not
only appreciate its beauty, it will also come alive
with a whole new depth of appreciation and understanding
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.
Seven 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
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
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 and garden.
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 Out
of stock (again) :-(
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 Designer's Manual
by Bill MollisonNow
back in print!
Order now while they last as they're hard to get.
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.
is a creative approach to abundant and fulfilling lifestyles.
It is for everyone wishing to live sustainable and tread
more lightly on the Earth. Permaculture is an ecologically
sound approach to providing for our needs, including
our food, shelter and financial and social structures.
It is based on co-operating with nature and caring for
the Earth and its people. Permaculture in a Nutshell
is a concise and accessible introduction to the principles
and practice of permaculture in temperate climates.
It covers how permaculture works in the city, the country
and on the farm and explores ways in which people can
work together to recreate real communities. This inspiring
book clearly describes how we can live fruitfully and
sustainably and is essential reading for anyone wishing
to reduce their environmental impact.
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,
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
Seeing Nature: Deliberate Encounters with the Visible
by Paul Krafel 1999, 208 pp, $20
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.
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