Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability

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Holmgren Design Services, Dec 1, 2002 - Gardening - 286 pages
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David Holmgren brings into sharper focus the powerful and still evolving Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s. It draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to reveal a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles. The 12 design principles are each represented by a positive action statement, an icon and a traditional proverb or two that captures the essence of each principle.Holmgren draws a correlation between every aspect of how we organize our lives, communities and landscapes and our ability to creatively adapt to the ecological realities that shape human destiny. For students and teachers of Permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison's encyclopedicDesigners Manual. For the general reader it provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than just a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations of sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading. Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren's own place, Melliodora, and other practical examples.

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Review: Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

User Review  - Heather Tomlinson - Goodreads

This is a fairly academic look at the principles behind permaculture. I found it quite alienating, because it bases its philosophies on very secular ideas, and I don't think like that. It's also a tad ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stefanie - Goodreads

Very insightful book on sustainability concepts. Read full review

Contents

Ethical Principles of Permaculture
1
Catch and Store Energy
27
Obtain a Yield
55
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

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 dependant consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability which are highlighted in his latest book, "Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability". With this book already on its second print run, and 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 http: //.www.holmgren.com.au.