Want to learn more about permaculture and how to take action?  You will find several links and references to additional educational materials below.

What wikipedia says about permaculture:

Permaculture is a theory of ecological design which attempts to develop sustainable human settlements and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.

Core values:

  • Care of the Earth: Provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.
  • Care of People: Provision for people to access those resources necessary for their existence.
  • Setting Limits to Population and Consumption: By governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above principles.

Permaculture draws from several other disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, sustainable development, and applied ecology. “The primary agenda of the movement has been to assist people to become more self reliant through the design and development of productive and sustainable gardens and farms.”

Permaculture as a systematic method was developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.

Further reading about permaculture: Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway

From an article about the magic of seeds and the science of insuring Earth’s future by Maria Popova:

All life — including human life — depends on plants. All the genetic information, the biodiversity of our planet, as well as the sustenance of our species and others’, is held in the seeds that survive from generation to generation.

Read “Anno’s Magic Seeds” (a favorite children’s book by Mitsumasa Anno) for an excellent example of how planting just one seed can have a huge impact and reap big rewards!  My children marvel over how one pepper has so many seeds inside and how each one of those seeds has the potential to grow so many more peppers with so many more seeds in each little pepper.  Do you feel the awe?

Inspiration and Other Resources:
>The Survival Podcast (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/)  [Search for permaculture to find several excellent podcast episodes on this topic]
>Max-Flex Fence Systems (http://maxflex.com/)
>MaryJane’s Farm (http://www.maryjanesfarm.com/)
>Garden Girl (http://www.gardengirltv.com/)
>Mother Earth News (http://www.motherearthnews.com/)
>Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (http://rareseeds.com/)
>Seeds of Change (http://www.seedsofchange.com/)
>Seed Savers Exchange (http://www.seedsavers.org/)
>The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau at http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/  [inspired this project!]

Related Reading (Personally Read & Recommended):
>Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
>Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier
>The Man Who Created Paradise by Gene Logsdon
>Barnyard in Your Backyard by Gail Damerow
>Food not Lawns by H.C. Flores
>You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
>Family Friendly Farming by Joel Salatin
>Continuing the Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing
>Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars by Sharon Lovejoy
>Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
>Harvest for Hope by Jane Goodall
>The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Wikipedia Permaculture References:

  • Bell, Graham. The Permaculture Way.
  • Bell, Graham. The Permaculture Garden.
  • Burnett, Graham. Permaculture: A Beginner’s Guide.
  • Fern, Ken. Plants For A Future.
  • Fukuoka, Masanobu. The One Straw Revolution.
  • Holmgren, David. Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.
  • Holmgren, David. “Update 49: Retrofitting the suburbs for sustainability”.
  • Hart, Robert. Forest Gardening.
  • Hemenway, Toby. Gaia’s Garden.
  • Jacke, Dave with Eric Toensmeier. Edible Forest Gardens. Volume I: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate-Climate Permaculture, Volume II: Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate-Climate Permaculture.
  • Mollison, Bill & David Holmgren Permaculture One.
  • Mollison, Bill. Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual.
  • Mollison, Bill Permaculture Two.
  • Rosemary Morrow, Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture
  • Whitefield, Patrick. Permaculture In A Nutshell
  • Whitefield, Patrick. The Earth Care Manual
  • Woodrow, Linda. The Permaculture Home Garden