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Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Permaculture books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach (2013)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe Resilient Farm and Homestead is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition. Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk’s wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings is a hopeful…
Author(s): Ben Falk

2. Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth (2015)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfPermaculture is more popular than ever, but it can still be a daunting concept. If you are new to permaculture and interested in learning more, Practical Permaculture offers authoritative, in-depth, and hands-on advice for a more holistic approach to sustainable living. Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein, two dynamic leaders in the permaculture community, explain the basics of permaculture, share their design process, and explore various permaculture systems including soil, water, waste, energy, shelter, food and plants, and animals and wildlife. They also profile the fifty most useful plants for permaculture…
Author(s): Jessi Bloom , Dave Boehnlein , et al.

3. Introduction to Permaculture (1997)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFirst published 1991, Bill Mollison Second Edition, Published 2013…
Author(s): Bill Mollison

4. Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening (2011)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfSepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors’ spruce monocultures.In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer…
Author(s): Sepp Holzer , Anna Sapsford-Francis, et al.

5. Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition (2009)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun…
Author(s): ToHemenway

6. By Bill Mollison – Introduction To Permaculture (2nd Revised edition) (5.2.2002) (2002)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfPermaculture is about designing sustainable human settlements. It is a philosophy and an approach to land use which weaves together micro-climate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management, and human needs into intricately connected productive communities…
Author(s): Bill Mollison

7. Permaculture Design: A Step-by-Step Guide (2012)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAre you excited about permaculture but unclear how to put it into practice for yourself? In this unique, full colour guide, experienced permaculture teacher Aranya leads you through the design process from beginning to end, using clear explanations, flowcharts and diagrams. It is based on course worksheets which have been designed, refined and tested on students over time. Linking theory to practice, he places the ethics, principles, philosophies, tools and techniques directly into the context of the process itself. While written for anyone with a basic grasp of permaculture, this book also has…
Author(s): Aranya, Patrick Whitefield

8. Farming the Woods: An Integrated Permaculture Approach to Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests (2014)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn the eyes of many people, the practices of forestry and farming are mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are primarily reserved for timber and firewood harvesting. Farming the Woods invites a remarkably different perspective: that a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicinal, and other non-timber products. While this concept of “forest farming” may seem like an obscure practice, history indicates that much of humanity lived and sustained itself from tree-based systems in the…
Author(s): Ken Mudge , Steve Gabriel , et al.

9. The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens, and More (2016)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe Bio-Integrated Farm is a twenty-first-century manual for managing nature’s resources. This groundbreaking book brings “system farming” and permaculture to a whole new level. Author Shawn Jadrnicek presents new insights into permaculture, moving beyond the philosophical foundation to practical advanced designs based on a functional analysis. Holding his designs to a higher standard, Jadrnicek’s components serve at least seven functions (classical permaculture theory only seeks at least two functions). With every additional function a component performs, the design becomes more advanced and saves more energy. A…
Author(s): Shawn Jadrnicek, Stephanie Jadrnicek

10. The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country (2012)

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your BookshelfPermanent agriculture – abundance by design The urban landscape has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Imagine how much more self-reliant our communities would be if 30 million acres of lawns were made productive again. Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems; making growing fruits, vegetables and livestock easier and more sustainable. The Permaculture Handbook is a step-by-step, beautifully illustrated guide to creating resilient and prosperous households…
Author(s): Peter Bane, David Holmgren

Best Permaculture Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some permaculture books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Change Here Now: Permaculture Solutions for Personal and Community Transformation

Author(s): Adam Brock
Publisher: North Atlantic Books, Year: 2017, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1703150

The Permaculture Student 2

Author(s): Matt Powers
Publisher: Powers Permaculture, Year: 2017, Size: 38 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2144584

The permaculture earthworks handbook : how to design and build swales, dams, ponds, and other water harvesting systems

Author(s): Barnes, Douglas
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Year: 2017, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2373645

The ultimate guide to natural farming and sustainable living : permaculture for beginners

Author(s): Faires, Nicole
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 57 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1489473

The ultimate guide to natural farming and sustainable living: permaculture for beginners

Author(s): Faires, Nicole
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 57 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1593133

The permaculture transition manual: a comprehensive guide to resilient living

Author(s): Ross Mars, Simone Willis, Rob Hopkins
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1606716

The Ultimate Guide to Natural Farming and Sustainable Living: Permaculture for Beginners

Author(s): Nicole Faires
Publisher: Skyhorse, Year: 2016, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2391119

Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration

Author(s): Tao Orion, David Holmgren
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 6 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1381900

Permaculture for the Rest of Us: Abundant Living on Less than an Acre

Author(s): Jenni Blackmore
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Year: 2015, Size: 12 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1438694

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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