[blockquote cite=”Bill Mollison” type=”center”]”Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” [/blockquote]
There’s a book… a book that is 576 pages long.
It was first published in 1988.
Some of you may have read it, some of you maybe haven’t.
“This book is about designing sustainable human settlements, and preserving and extending natural systems. It covers aspects of designing and maintaining a cultivated ecology in any climate: the principles of design; design methods; understanding patterns in nature; climatic factor; water; soils; earthworks; techniques and strategies in the difference climatic types; aquaculture; and the social, legal, and economic design of human settlement.
It calls into question not only the current methods of agriculture, but also the very need for a formal food agriculture if wastelands and the excessive lawn culture within towns and cities are devoted to food production and small livestock suited to local needs.
The world can no longer sustain the damage caused by modern agriculture, monocultural forestry, and thoughtless settlement design, and in the near future we will see the end of wasted energy, or the end of civilization as we know it, due to human-caused pollution and climate changes.
Strategies for the necessary changes in social investment policy, politics itself, and towards regional or village self-reliance are now desperately needed, and examples of these strategies are given. It is hoped that this manual will open the global debate that must never end, and so give a guide to the form of a future in which our children have at least a chance of reasonable existence.” Bill Mollison: Permaculture, A Designers’ Manual.
This book is Permaculture, A Designers’ Manual.
And this show is Geoff Lawton covering the whole Permaculture Designers’ Manual in about an hour at PV1 in March 2014.
[blockquote cite=”Bill Mollison” type=”center”]”Great changes are taking place. These are not as a result of any one group or teaching, but as a result of millions of people defining one or more ways in which they can conserve energy, aid local self-reliance, or provide for themselves. All of us would acknowledge our own work as modest; it is the totality of such modest work that is impressive. There is so much to do, and there will never be enough people to do it. We must all try to increase our skills, to model trials, and to pass on the results. If a job is not being done, we can form a small group and do it. It doesn’t matter if the work we do carries the “permaculture” label, just that we do it.” [/blockquote]
The Permaculture Designers’ Manual
by Bill Mollison
Published by Tagari Publications in December 1988
Total Pages: 576
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.
This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988. It is the textbook and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design.
Written for teachers, students and designers, it follows on and greatly enlarges on the initial introductory texts, Permaculture One (1978) and Permaculture Two (1979) both of which are still in demand.
Very little of the material found in this book is reproduced from the former texts. It covers design methodologies and strategies for both urban and rural applications, describing property design and natural farming techniques.
The chapters of the Permaculture Designers Manual:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Concepts and Themes in Design
Chapter 3: Methods of Design
Chapter 4: Pattern Understanding
Chapter 5: Climatic Factors
Chapter 6: Trees and their Energy Transactions
Chapter 7: Water
Chapter 8: Soils
Chapter 9: Earthworks and Earth Resources
Chapter 10: The Humid Tropics
Chapter 11: Dryland Strategies
Chapter 12: Humid Cool to Cold Climates
Chapter 13: Aquaculture
Chapter 14: The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation
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