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Essential Reading

Introduction to Permaculture, by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay. ISBN 0 908228 08 2.
200 Pages; 140 Illustrations.

A concise and straightforward presentation of Permaculture design principles.
Topics include:
- Energy saving designs and techniques for permaculture gardens
- Energy-efficient site analysis, planning, and design methods
- House placement and design for temperate, dry land, and tropical regions
- Urban permaculture - garden layouts, land access, and community funding systems
- Using fences, trellis, greenhouse and shade houses for the best effect
- Chicken and pig forage systems
- Tree crops and pasture integration for stock
- Orchards and house woodlots for temperate, arid, and tropical climates
- How to influence microclimates around the house and garden.

Ultimate Permaculture Introduction Package, by Bill Mollison.
Global Gardner Video and Introduction to Permaculture

Watch Bill Mollison in four half hour segments, each dedicated to a different climate, then read the book that started it all.

Travel In Dreams. The Autobiography of Bill Mollison, by Bill Mollison.
ISBN 0 908 228 11 2

Bill Mollison has lived too long, most people would agree. But reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. His autobiography proves this to be true. You will have in your hands the intimate details of his dissolute life, together with most of his infamous stories, weird theories, and a brief history of permaculture.

Permaculture: A Designers Manual, by Bill Mollison. ISBN 0 908228 01 5.
579 Pages; 400 Illustrations; Forty 4-color plates

Based upon the ethical use of our natural resources, Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive integration of landscape and people, providing food, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Permaculture is a philosophy and an approach to land use which weaves together microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management, and human needs into intricately connected and productive communities. Written for designers, students, farmers, gardeners, small and large property owners, agroforesters, ranchers, landscape designers, architects, engineers and planners, the Manual presents concepts, strategies and methods of designing and constructing sustainable systems.

URBAN Permaculture: A Practical Handbook for Sustainable Living, by David Watkins. ISBN 1 85623 002 3. 162 Pages; Illustrations.

A do-it-yourself handbook for those living in more intensive temperate suburban or urban settings. Urban Permaculture offers many clear and simple ways to apply a sustainable living approach to any homestead, with or without access to open land.

Basics of Permaculture, by Ross Mars.

Now that you're Getting Started in Permaculture, learn the basics of permaculture design. Presented in a straight-forward and informative manner, this book also provides numerous examples. Topics include: general principles, steps to design, basic tools, garden building, location, water harvesting, and appropriate technology. Whether you want to design your own property or someone else's, get the basics.

Best of Permaculture: A Collection, by Max Lindegger and Robert Tap, eds. 136 pages; Illustrations.

An anthology of works that have appeared in newsletters published by various Permaculture groups and the Permaculture International Journal. Topics include articles on values, people, design, and practice by authors such as Bill Mollison, David Holmgren, Max Lindegger, Stuart Hill, Terry White, David Wallingford, Kim Christie and others.

Earth User's Guide to Permaculture, by Rosemary Morrow.
ISBN 0 86417 514 0. 154 pages;Illustrations.

his book provides a series of practical exercises and real-life examples of how to design a Permaculture system on your land. It presents techniques for building a sheet-mulch vegetable garden, reduce your energy consumption, raise poultry and bees, create a food forest, design an aquaculture system, conserve water, and generally improve the quality of your life. Whether you own an inner city balcony, a suburban lawn, or a rural farm, you will find this book a useful guide to developing a more sustainable lifestyle.

Permaculture in a Nutshell, by Patrick Whitefield.
ISBN 1 85623003 1. 85 Pages; Illustrations.

A concise and accessible guide to the principles and practice of Permaculture in temperate climates. Nutshell explains how permaculture works in the city, in the country, and on the farm. It explores recreation of real community through Community-Supported Agriculture and other cooperative networks. Essential reading for everyone wishing to find creative solutions for reducing their environmental impact.

Getting Started in Permaculture, by Ross and Jenny Mars.
ISBN 0 646 20090 9. 60 pages; Illustrations.

A book of practical activities including fertilizers, composting, and pest control. Ever wonder what to do with old plastic bottles, paper, or tires? Getting Started has plenty of suggestions from dust pans to retaining walls. With designs for raised beds, ponds, animal tractors, a solar still, hothouses, and more, this is a great book for the beginner or permaculture enthusiast.