Whenever people ask me what
I do and I reply that I am a permaculture designer, they almost invariably ask
me; What is permaculture? "Permaculture: A Beginner's Guide" is an
ideal place to begin understanding what permaculture has to offer.
The term permaculture was
coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the mid-1970s, by combining two
words, permanent and agriculture. Today many permaculturalists believe that
permaculture can also stand for permanent culture. Together, Holmgren and
Mollison created a design system that provided people with a method to respond
to the serious environmental, political and social challenges that face us all.
Looking to be part of the solution not the problem. Need an easy entrance point to make personal and/or community changes?
Beginner's Guide is just that, a step by step guide for people who are
new to permaculture. The booklet has numerous illustrations that not only
enhance the text but also enable the reader to develop a clearer understanding
of the possibilities that this innovative design system has to offer.
The use of tables such as
Some Useful Weeds and Year Round Food from Your Garden provide the reader withhandy reference tools that they can use as they develop their own design. In
fact, the booklet is written in a light hearted but highly informed manner
which makes it a pleasure to read and to learn as you do.
The further reading section
provides the reader with, a non-comprehensive and
biased selection, of reading material. In this case, that is exactly what you need. If you want to know more this section
gives you months of excellent reading opportunities. If you are serious about
improving your self reliance while living within a community and if you are
truly worried about what we are doing to Mother Earth, then Permaculture:
A Beginner's Guide is an excellent investment, in your and your