BILL MOLLISON – PERMACULTURE A DESIGNER’S MANUAL

 If their was one book on Permaculture Design that is a must have for any permaculture enthusiast or beginner it would be Bill Mollison’s, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual. Bill Mollison is the Executive Director of the Permaculture Institute, which was established in 1979 to teach the practical design of sustainable soil, water, plant, and legal and economic systems to students worldwide. He coined the word permaculture.

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 book covers design methodologies and strategies for both urban and rural applications, describing property design and natural farming techniques. Topics include:

  • design methods
  • understanding patterns in nature
  • climatic factors
  • water
  • soils
  • earthworks and their use in earth repair
  • techniques and design strategies for both urban and rural applications
  • the temperate climates
  • dry lands
  • cold climates
  • humid cool climates
  • humid tropics
  • trees and their energy transactions
  • aquaculture
  • waste management
  • energy efficient architecture
  • legal strategies and trusts
  • effective working groups
  • right livelihood
  • money and finance
  • ethical investment
  • bio-regional organisation
  • effective aid
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