Recommended Resources

Permaculture is an enormous and complex topic as it essentially has something to say about everything we do. Do not mistake it for some fancy form of organic gardening! At the core are the ethics and principles.  When they guide our actions we can begin to work on each of the many aspects of our lives.

What follows are some of the resources that I recommend to get started in Permaculture. Some of the links are to free resources while others are to books. It’s good to get both the big picture and develop specific skill sets as one works their way through understanding permaculture.

Some essential theory

Essence of Permaculture – David Holmgren  – a free ebook

Leverage Points, Places to Intervene in a  System – Donella Meadows – also free ebook

The Crash Course – charting out the dynamics of what is going on in the world

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn – the leavers and the takers

Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn – a set of simple premises that build, asking how does one exit civilization

Good Books to get you going

Introduction to Permaculture – Bill Mollison

Earth Users Guide to Permaculture – Rosemary Morrow

Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide – Aranya – practical ways to create designs

Great in-depth permaculture

Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual – Bill Mollison

Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability – David Holmgren
Forest Gardening

Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set) – Dave Jacke

Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops – Martin Crawford


Group Works – Patterns of how people  work together, a free resource

Pattern Dynamics – a pattern language of movement and interaction

Full Moon Feast

Plant Identification

Botany in a Day – Thomas J Elpel


A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and central North America (Peterson Field Guides)

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants

Nature’s Garden: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants


Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods

The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World

Rocket Stoves

The Rocket Mass Heater

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