Permaculture A Designer’s Manual


The Book of the Month is “Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual” by Bill Mollison.

Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order. Permaculture design is a system of assembling conceptual, material, and strategic components in a pattern which functions to benefit life in all its forms. The philosophy behind permaculture is one of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless action; of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.

I found the book to be extremely detailed and very thought provoking. It is a bit complicated and I did have to go over certain sections a couple of times before I fully understood the theories Bill was trying to convey. It will for sure be a go to book for me as I develop our property into a more self sustainable environment to save us both time and money. Consider this book the bible of Permaculture, which is not a bad place to start.

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