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Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth Paperback – February 4, 2015
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“Fills a niche for readers who want to integrate this down-to-earth but too-often-mystifying nature-inspired design system into their lives.” —Publishers Weekly
“Practical Permaculture says it all right there in the title. The photos and diagrams are gorgeous and relevant. The text is easy to read, and the authors are seasoned in their craft. It is the clearest and most practical Permaculture book I have yet seen for helping the aspiring Permie.” —PermacultureRising.com
“If anyone can make permaculture intelligible and appealing to home gardeners, it’s award winning ecological landscape designer Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein. . . . if you’re interested in achieving closed-loop sustainability while keeping garden aesthetics in mind, Practical Permaculture can serve as a detailed roadmap.” —Garden Design
“In Practical Permaculture Northwest authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein take this 1970’s term into today with real-life examples of people growing food, harvesting rain, and bringing their homes and gardens into symbiosis with the surrounding natural resources.” —Sunset
“Clearly written and laid out. . . . This is a permaculture primer that is fresh and vibrant. Bring it on!” —Permaculture Magazine
“This comprehensive resource will help you make the shifts you’re ready for this year, and for a decade.” —The Denver Post
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In clear, logical steps, Practical Permaculture offers the tools you need to live a life rich in healthy food, safe housing, and renewable resources. This hardworking book covers the basic principles of permaculture, showing the entire design process from land assessment to the completed master plan, with detailed information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures that make up the garden. Filled with real-life examples from all over the world, this invaluable resource will help you turn your property into a sustainable ecosystem.
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It starts with a brief introduction to permaculture that builds on historical origins but avoids being a repeat of Mollison's visionary work. Practical Permaculture gives very clear examples, bases information on science, and modernizes concepts appropriately for 2015. The framework of the book is a step by step, well thought-out- process to designing a site using permaculture principles . "Designing a site" is one of the most important permaculture activities - the book helps you learn the important characteristics of your farm/backyard/community garden, deciding your goals, and placing elements such as plants, orchards, households, coops, ponds etc so they can reinforce each other following the dynamics of nature. It teaches the use of design tools such as sectors, zones, edges, and patterns in non-nonsense, approachable style. By following this book you'll have learned a lot and taken many of the important first steps in setting up a sustainable and enjoyable system.
While many other other general permaculture books may be a repeat of Mollison's "Designer's Manual", the authors here provide genuine value and insight into the process of design, considering modern tools and options, and focusing on the actionable and pragmatic aspects of implementing a permaculture project. They also bring experience applying permaculture in colder climates and can put forth relevant species and examples of techniques to the table.
The quality of the book is very high - materials, design, layout, illustrations are great.
Having read many (most) of available books on the topic, and as a holder of a Permaculture Design Certificate I find myself recommending and gifting this book again and again for those who are new to Permaculture, and to those that are more aware of Permaculture generally but ask "so... how do I start"?
This has been a great addition to my library - even though it ends up open on my desk most of the time. I hope the authors consider embarking on additional writing projects.
- My only concern is that this book is currently unavailable through Kindle services, which would limit our impact on ecosystems via logging, etc. requirements.
- I personally recommend the following books, a few of which are listed in this book. I've added the Amazon links to each book,
- For Your Convenience!
* Seed to Seed (2nd Edition) by Suzanne Ashworth (Very useful for reducing, and ultimately eliminating, dependency on seed companies)
* Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables (Because proper storage increases sustainability and resiliency)
* Ball Blue Book of Preserving (Because proper storage increases sustainability and resiliency)
* Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Very useful for the multiple applications of mushrooms for our benefit and the environment as-well)
*Additional Great Read*
* Permaculture: A Designers' Manual (Known as the "father of Permaculture", Bill Mollison has this great read)
Best of luck to all of you, in your sustainable and resilient-based endeavors!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ompleted the course the book is very informative, thanks.