- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Pr (August 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0908228015
- ISBN-13: 978-0908228010
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Permaculture: A Designers' Manual
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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.
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I like to balance the principles here with some other things as well. Couple this with Holistic Management, and Keyline Design, to form the perfect Trinity.
Bill covers permaculture practices for working with everything from soil, water, wind, earthworks, trees, aquaculture and then goes on to describe practical applications of that knowledge within different climatic conditions. This book, in my opinion, gives the reader an excellent foundation on the topic of permaculture.
Bill Mollison is the creator of Permaculture. He walked the walk before talking the talk. Read his autobiography and you can see that his life in Tasmania, using an open mind with his experiences, gave him the experience and insight to create this system.
There may have been parts of his system in other systems, but his integrated approach is workable in today's societies in many different areas from country property to a city back yard.
It gives insight to weather, forests, trees, water supplies, growing zones, passive heating, and so forth. The book gives a place, a location for insights learned in other gardening and regional permaculture books.