Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual


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Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison, Reny Mia Slay

This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988.

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.


  • Designers’ Manual
  • Design methods
  • Understanding patterns
  • The Humid Tropics
  • Dryland Strategies
  • Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Trees and their energy
  • Aquaculture
  • Concepts and Themes in Design
  • Soils and Water
  • Earthworking and Earth Resources

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.


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