The Basics of Permaculture Design

The Basics of Permaculture Design


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The Basics of Permaculture Design, first published in Australia in 1996, is an excellent introduction to the principles of permaculture, design processes, and the tools needed for designing sustainable gardens, farms, and larger communities.

Packed with useful tips, clear illustrations, and a wealth of experience, it guides you through designs for gardens, urban and rural properties, water harvesting systems, animal systems, permaculture in small spaces like balconies and patios, farms, schools, and ecovillages. This is both a do-ityourself guide for the enthusiast and a useful reference for permaculture designers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856230230
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2005
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Ross Mars is an experienced permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He is a qualified high school teacher and has been actively involved in permaculture education in schools. He is the author of the well known text The Basics of Permaculture Design and has also produced an educational video on energy efficient housing called Passive Solar Design of Buildings.

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Since then he has written several more books, developed three properties using permaculture principles, conducted workshops and courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability, which he explored in Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change(2009), and Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2003). With an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.

David lives with his partner Su Dennett and their son Oliver at "Melliodora", a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Holmgren

1. Permaculture Is a Direction, Not a Destination

2. Maximising the Edge

3. General Design Principles

4. Steps in the Design Process

5. Basic Tools for the Designer

6. Basic Principles of Garden Building and Management

7. It's All a Mater of Location

8. Getting the House Right: Zone 0

9. Water Harvesting

10. Designs for Urban Settlement

11. Designing for Rural Properties

12. Permaculture in Schools

13. Communities

14. Appropriate Technology




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