I thoroughly enjoyed reading it cover to cover. Permaculture is humans working with, not against, nature. Each of these chapters is packed full of specific strategies to get your system running nicely in your climate. It is a book that is not only about learning to garden by imitating the strengths observed in nature, but it is also about a philosophy of life that I find attractive in many ways. The designer's manual is not a metaphysical text but a practical, scientific, encyclopedic book.
Some central authority is going to be necessary in order to protect the land from irresponsible or misguided misuse and self-centred control without regard for others. Ultimately, I think the problem is that the book has dated badly, as better understandings of ecology, and more sophisticated intellectual for relating to it, have become available. Lovelock's ideas are appealing, and I went through a period of subscribing to them at around the time that this book was written, but abandoned them as it became clear that they did not, in fact, reflect the way Nature actually works. Bill covers permaculture practices for working with everything from soil, water, wind, earthworks, trees, aquaculture and then goes on to describe practical applications of that knowledge within different climatic conditions. However, there is still a lot to add to the book to make it well rounded climatically.
Cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket if applicable is included for hard covers. With that said, I believe that if this book was all there was for people wanting to explore permaculture, there would be far less people getting involved. It's not quite as bad as late medieval universities relying on the Bible and Aristotle, but I don't think the comparison is entirely unfair and to be fair, many teachers do work to a longer reading list. I concur with a lot of his conclusions in terms of sustainability: it's the anthropocentric attitude I have a problem with. We might be able to take out middlemen, but we then need to find something for them to be doing because I suspect Mollison would disapprove of guaranteed income schemes , and there is no way we should be getting rid of students.
He and David Holmgren coined the word permaculture; Mollison has devoted his life to teaching the concept. 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. Don't just carry the rainwater, catch it uphill and let it flow down to the plant. Early chapters include material on land use, settlement design and understanding patterns in natural and human systems. He taught and developed projects from the Arctic through Sub-tropics and Equatorial regions of the planet. See: Plant Ecophysiological Ecology New Dimensions in Agro-Ecology Smallholders, Householders: farm families and the ecology of intensive sustainable agriculture - by Rober Netting 4 In relation to the first point, he also doesn't stress the role that evolution plays in sustainability. To practice Permaculture, one needs to subscribe to a set of principles.
Later he became a vigorous campaigner against environmental exploitation which lead him to develop Permaculture as a positive solution. With the demise of Gaianism, many of the basic assumptions need a serious review again, Jacke and Toensmeier do a better job. This was about £100 including delivery but it was worth every penny. In short, if you say you subscribe to Mollison's definition of what Permaculture is, however far divorced it might be from what Mollison had in mind or how genuinely sustainable your practices might be, whether that's the scientific near-bankruptcy of Allan Savory-style ranching or, in another extreme case I found on a popular video hosting site, a few raised beds with companion planting neatly put together on a carefully manicured by the hired help of some artificially tanned rich bloke, you can call it Permaculture. Neither are wholesome if swollowed whole! This book contains many questionable concepts, outdated information, and information that is just plain wrong, but I still give it four stars just for the staggering, overwhelming number of ideas presented.
I don't however suggest that this be the first book you read about permaculture, there are many less daunting reads to undertake before delving into this one, but please do yourself a favour and read this book. I don't want to summarise all of them because there has been a chapter-by-chapter read through on this site already. The only reason it's not a 10 is that it's daunting to read. For example, the author claims that a family could produce most of it's food needs, with a little supplimental trading, within 6 meters 20ft of their home. I've read this whole thing now, it took one year. This is what I keep as an image of what the designers manual does for people: it gets you a little bit higher, it helps us direct our action, but what changes everything is when you step on the book and use it's knowledge to use your hands. I give this book a 9.
Meanwhile allow the worlds natural environments space to recover from the vast agricultural wastelands and we can all avoid most of the horrors of the present and potential future. The chapter on patterns is particularly well done compared to other about permaculture. I give this book 7. You will also have a good idea of how to start creating working relationships between the different subject matter. All the further reading you could need is listed. Take action after reading the book, and you'll make it not a totem that has to be venerated but a starting point. I can't say enough about how much excellent information is in this book.
See: Seed to Seed - by Suzanne Ashworth and Kent Whealy Breed your own Vegetable Varieties - by Carol Deppe 2 He very rarely mentions the role mushrooms and fungi can play in sustainability. The mind of Bill Mollison is vulcanic, his concpets in my view are evolving, building up, growing. There are now better texts on design, updated material on guilds, and he failed to fully anticipate the growing threat of climate change. Anyone who is serious about permaculture can't go wrong with having this in their reference library. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format.
I learned this book's priniciples too well. The book can read a bit dry and can resemble stereo instructions in some places however, the vast knowledge and experience shared in this book far outweigh any kibitzing I could possibly come up with. Book Summary: The title of this book is Permaculture and it was written by. I do think, however, that once the reader gets over their initial hesitation and dives in they'll find that the information is put forward in such a manner that it isn't too overwhelming. 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. You will learn some excellent stuff.
Essential reading for all farmers, foresters, and landowners! Strategies for the necessary changes in social investment policy, politics itself, and towards regional or village self-reliance are now desperately needed, and examples of these strategies are given. It provides a rather definitive overall picture of permaculture, but it assumes quite a lot of understanding already be had by the reader. Five chapters cover practical matters of interest to the land use designer: climate, trees and their energy transactions, water, soils and earthworks. Permaculture permanent agriculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. If you are interested in infrastructure design whether it be for I.