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Permaculture uses ecological principles and respect for the land to design more sustainable, local, food gardens, and more sustainable relationships to the web of life and to one another.

Introduction: Permaculture Solutions for Climate Change

By Starhawk. Republished with deep gratitude from Starhawk’s Blog

Permaculture is a system of ecological design, originated by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in the ‘seventies. It’s now a worldwide movement of practitioners, researchers and teachers who look to nature as a model that can show us how to meet human needs while regenerating the environment around us. The genius of permaculture lies, not in any single technique, but in looking at how multiple techniques can be woven together into systems that are more than the sum of their parts. It offers both practical tools and an ethical framework for change. …

Permaculture offers a simple, secular framework of ethics that can guide us: ‘Care for the earth’, ‘Care for the people’, and ‘Care for the Future’, which implies the imperatives to return surpluses into the system, limit consumption and take no more than your fair share.

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A Resource Book on Permaculture in Tropical Climates
A beautiful illustrated overview of  of Permaculture from Indonesia and East Timor.

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Click here for low-cost paperback: 348 pages, only $12.95 plus shipping/postage 

The aim of this book is to offer knowledge and practical techniques for environmental rehabilitation and sustainability, strengthening community resilience and local economies. The contents of the book are based on concepts of deep ecology, the interconnectedness of our environment and culture, and the principles and ethics of sustainable community development.

Combining traditional techniques for providing natural resources, food, shelter, and energy with modern sustainable practices, the techniques outlined in this book provide integrated, practical solutions for challenges being faced by community members and farmers throughout Indonesia today.

This Resource Book for Permaculture has been developed using simple language and many detailed illustrations to ensure that the information contained is accessible to all those interested.

This book is made available by kind permissions of the IDEP Foundation.

By Lachlan McKenzie with Ego Lemos.

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Permaculture Reading List

Many thanks to Larry Santoyo, of Earth Flow Design Works, San Luis Obispo, California, for many items in the following permaculture reading list and for his personal book recommendations. Larry Santoyo offers intensive permaculture design courses in the Los Angeles area. (Click book images to order.)

Permaculture for Humanity: Larry Santoyo Interview




Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison

Introduction to Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture, Toby Hemenway

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, David Holmgren

The Earth Care Manual, Patrick Whitefield

Plants for a Future, Ken Fern

Edible Forest Gardens Vol. 1 & 2, David Jacke with Erik Toensmeier

The Earth Path, Starhawk

Cradle to Cradle, William McDonough

The Woodland Way, Ben Law

Ferment and Human Nutrition, Bill Mollison

The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and Seeds of the Future, William Kotke. Link to Book

From Eco-Cities to Living Machines, John and Nancy Jack Todd

Design With Nature, Ian L. McHarg

The Permaculture Garden, Graham Bell

Ecological Design, Stuart Cowan and Sim Van der Ryn

Earth Manual: How to Work the Land Without Taming It, Malcolm Margolin

The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, Rosemary Morrow

Biomimicry, Janine Benyus


Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Lee Reich

The One Straw Revolution, Masanoba Fukuoka

A Natural Way of Farming, Masanoba Fukuoka

The Road Back to Nature, Masanoba Fukuoka

Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture, J. Russell Smith Link to book

Seed to Seed, Suzanne Ashworth

Culture and Horticulture: A Philosophy of Gardening, Wolf. D. Storl

Agriculture, Rudolf Steiner

Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden, as told to Gilbert Wilson

Landscape Ecology, Richard T. Forman and Michael Gordon

Tending the Wild, Cat Anderson

The Humanure Handbook, Joe Jenkins


Solar Living Source Book, Edited by John Schaeffer

Homepower Magazine


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