Permaculture is about sharing. Sharing knowledge, techniques, tools, information, and resources. Ownership of ideas is old-paradigm. We’re on this planet together and through cooperation and collaboration we’ll build a robust, welcoming, and abundant future.
We recommend learning about permaculture and all associated design modalities in whatever form/way possible. Our lead instructor, Tigre Pickett, has incorporated independent investigation, hands-on farm experience, volunteer workshops, and classes in his permaculture education. The more varied and diverse your experiences, the more you’ll grow as a permaculture designer and practitioner.
Enjoy these permaculture resources, and please suggest any more resources that you may know of or have! Best of luck in your journeys, and we hope to see you in the jungle soon!
“Imagine your garden learned how to water itself and grow it’s own fertilizer. Imagine your garden is not only feeding you, but feeding the critters that feed your fruit trees that make more food for you and your neighbors to eat.
Permaculture looks at how nature grows food and habitat, then attempts to copy that design pattern to do those very same things. Learning to mimic natural systems in the garden can produce more food, with less water and fewer external resources.” – Christopher Marciello, C2 Agriculture
Permaculture and Sustainable Design Books
- Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual: The tome on permaculture. A hefty book covering the principles of permaculture design, pattern language, and specific region advice and suggestions. It also covers aquaculture, rural and urban design, soils and water, and much more. Written by Bill Mollison, the co-founder of permaculture.
- Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability: Holmgren co-founded the concept of permaculture with Bill Mollison and has clarified and developed his own 12 principles of permaculture that support permaculture’s ethics.
- Gaia’s Garden: An excellent starter book on permaculture. The 2nd version is more up-to-date, includes color photos, and is an easy read. Mostly aimed at the garden, so some topics are quickly covered, but he provides many suggestions for further reading into those areas.
- Earth User’s Guid to Permaculture: A more in-depth permaculture introduction book with updated information. Highly recommended if you want to apply permaculture practices to your entire home site. A teaching companion manual is also coming out soon.
- Rainwater Harvesting Vol. 1 & 2: Brad Lancaster is an expert on harvesting rainwater and his book is essential for all property owners. Water is the most important feature of a site and harvesting and collecting as much of it as possible in the soil, in landscape features, or in tanks is essential. His website also has a great wealth of other resources to learn from.
- An Oasis with Greywater: If you want to explore recycling and reusing your greywater (think showers, bathroom sink, kitchen sink, washing machines), then this book is a must have. It’s filled with practical calculations, illustrations, and suggestions from simple “drain-out-back” to more complex pump-driven greywater systems. Also includes helpful information on how to petition your town or community to start shifting our collective mentality towards recycling our water.
- The Barefoot Architect: A book for everyone. Learn how to craft a home out of almost any natural material possible. Tons of practical and useful engineering advice complete with illustrations on how to build almost anything for a homestead. Originally published to help campesinos in Mexico in the early ’80s.
Searching online for “permaculture” is a great start, especially if you search for permaculture in your town, state, region. Below are some general resources that we’ve found extremely helpful.
- Permaculture Design Training: Learn the entire Permaculture Design Course for free! Yes, it’s really free, but if you want your certification, there is a fee of roughly $400. We suggest gleaning information from any and all resources possible, and this free resource is excellent and fresh. However, we do support learning directly from a permaculture instructor, ideally in your intended living environment.
- Video Library of Permaculture Design Certification: North Carolina State University Distance Education has an online resource of videos for the Permaculture Design Course presented by William Hook.
- Permies.com Forums: Great permaculture forums where you can share and collaborate with other permaculturalists.
- Bullock Brothers Resources: Owners of a 25-year-old permaculture farm in Washington State, the Bullock Brothers know their permaculture!
- Permaculture Research Institute: Geoff Lawton’s permaculture endeavors featuring blog posts and resources from around the world. Sign up for Lawton’s newsletter and get access to his free 15-minute videos covering his permaculture teachings.
- Permaculture Magazine (UK): The original permaculture magazine, chock full of permaculture inspiration, how-tos, and tips on integrating permaculture ethics and principles into your lifestyle and community.
- Tropical Permaculture: A dense, informative, and hilarious resource for information related to tropical plants and their cultivation.
- ECHO: Christian missionary group focusing on providing sustainable agriculture methods to people worldwide with a focus on tropical environments since the bulk of the world’s population lives in tropical and sub-tropical zones. They also have ECHO Community, a great seed bank resource and well worth the membership fee.
Permaculture Design Tools and Resources
- Sun Charts and Calculations:
- Sun-Calc: Great resource for locating your site and finding out the sun’s movement and phases during anytime of the day or year.
- Sun Charts: A bit nerdy and requires some help to figure out how to read the chart, but a useful tool for examining the solar azimuth for your site or location.
- Find My Shadow: Another heady link about azimuth and sun angles, but another useful resource.
- Wind Maps: Track wind patterns around your site or location. Some data may not be accurate for surface winds as local structures, trees, and land forms can and will alter wind patterns.
Permaculture Pattern Language
Farm Volunteer Opportunities
- WWOOF.net: Stands for “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. A collection of country specific organizations that link volunteers with organic and sustainable farms in exchange for room and board.
- WorkAway.info: Link up with small farmers around the world and volunteer to work in exchange for housing, food, and unforgettable experiences.
Additional Resources and Inspiration
- The Secret Teachings of Plants: A powerful and illuminating book that goes into the secret teachings and lives of plants. We are trained to view them as little more than living food, fuel, or fiber, but they are oh-so-much more.
- The Hidden Spirituality of Men: As men, we’ve been detached from our sacred and divine feminine. We’ve also lost touch of what it means to be a “real” man, and not one crafted by advertising agencies to make us feel inadequate. Matthew Fox talks about how to reconnect with 10 masculine archetypes and how reconnecting with them we’ll be healing ourselves and our communities.