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What in the World Is Permaculture?

I wrote a little bit about permaculture earlier this week in reviewing our fencing plans for the property, so for those of who (like me) are quite new to this concept, I thought I would share a few resources that I’ve been finding excellent aids to my learning.

David Holmgren, one of the founders of permaculture, has an excellent website Permaculture Principles. There are many resources here, but the showpiece is a free 24 page booklet called the Essence of Permaculture. It’s a basic level overview and great intro read, especially before diving into his full length book, Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability. 

The Permaculture Institute also has some great resources on their site, including a collection of articles by Bill Mollison, the co-founder of the movement. There’s also an easy to digest page on the site that details “What is Permaculture?”.

Rosalind Creasy has a very inspiring site focused on edible landscaping, which fits in very well with permaculture’s foundations. Her book Edible Landscaping is a veritable text book (though with a very engaging writing style!) on the subject, and must read.

Additionally, Facebook Groups can be a great place to chat with like-minded people and learn about new resources and techniques. There are permaculture groups for many locales and subtopics, so it’s worth a look to see if there are one or two that you’d like to join.

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