- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Tagari Publications (December 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0908228015
- ISBN-13: 978-0908228010
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,086 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 must however warn, Bill Mollison is sometimes overly optimistic in his predictions of yeilds. I have friends who have tried some of the suggestions, only to get limited results. For example, the author claims that a family could produce most of it's food needs, with a little supplimental trading, within 6 meters (20ft) of their home. While this may be true for a developing world standard of living, it would be a real strech for an American to do so.
But don't let that discourage you from buying the book, just take the suggestions with a grain of salt.
Essential reading for all farmers, foresters, and landowners!
An essential reference.
However if you are just getting into or are just interested in the general concepts of permaculture, I would buy "Introduction to Permaculture" by Bill Mollison or "Gaias Garden". This will wet your beak and stay more generalized and get a understanding of what Permaculture and food forest systems can do as well as open your eyes to how our current monoculture systems are not sustainable and how much food you can actually produce on just a small acreage or even a suburban lot. The PDM is good for once you have gotten the general concepts and/or have started a PDC for certification. This holds almost all the information you need to start and build a system, answer questions. it is a great reference manual for implementing the system, but is very dry if you are looking for a introduciton/inspiration to start this on your property.