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1995 Reprint New Edition Tagari 216 page SoftcoverIntroduction to Permaculture is an updated and revised version of the first two permaculture books Permaculture One Mollison and Holmgren 1978 and Permaculture Two Mollison 1979 and replaces them New material by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay has been inserted along with excerpts from Permaculture A Designers' Manual and information taken from permaculture design courses taught by Bill Mollison 1981 1986 and Lea Harrison 1985 Some of the illustrations in this book have appeared in Permaculture Two and Permaculture A Designers' Manual


10 thoughts on “Introduction to Permaculture

  1. says:

    I dipped into this classic several years ago then returned it to the library Despite the wonderful illustrations there wasn't enough information on any one topic to grab me during those early daysHowever with several years of permaculture experimentation under my belt Introduction to Permaculture strikes me as a definite classic I can't uite figure out why it's out of print You have to read the book for what it is an idea book full of hundreds of great thoughts to send you researching in other directions I'm not sure whether Mollison stole his ideas from for example Joel Salatin and Art Ludwig or whether they and others took a single page from Mollison's book and turned it into entire books Either way you can find many of the great ideas of permaculture summed up in this little bookThe other great thing about Mollison's book is that he mostly tells you when certain permaculture ideas aren't suitable to your farm So many permaculture thinkers are just thinkers and have no concept that their techniues might not be universal but Mollison is definitely a doer and it shows


  2. says:

    Great book to begin wrapping one's thought process around Permaculture; I think this is something that should be reuired reading in the school system It would make for an interesting change in the way things are done in the world


  3. says:

    After many years as a scientist with the CSIRO Wildlife Survey Section and with the Tasmanian Island Fisheries Department I began to protest against the political and industrial systems I saw were killing us and the world around us But I soon decided that it was no good persisting with opposition that in the end achieved nothing I withdrew from society for two years; I did not want to oppose anything ever again and waste my time I wanted to come back only with something very positive something that would allow us all to exist without the wholesale collapse of biological systemsFukuoka in his book 'The One Straw Revolution' has perhaps best stated the basic philosophy of permaculture In brief it is a philosophy of working with rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions rather than treating them as single product systemI think harmony with nature is possible only if we abandon the idea of superiority over the natural world Levi Strauss said that our profound error is that we have always looked upon ourselves as 'masters of creation' in that sense of being above it We are not superior to other life forms; all living things are an expression of Life If we could see that truth we would see that everything we do to other lifeforms we also do to ourselves A culture which understands this does not without absolute necessity destroy any living thingSitting at our back doorsteps all we need to live a good life lies about us Sun wind people buildings stones sea birds and plants surround us Cooperation with all these things brings harmony opposition to them brings disaster and chaos Cooperation not competition is keyFor myself I see no other solution political economic to the problems of mankind than the formation of small responsible communities involved in permaculture and appropriate technology I believe that the days of centralised power are numbered and that a re tribalisation of society is an inevitable if sometimes painful processI believe we must change our philosophy before anything else changes Change the philosophy of competition which now pervades our education system to that of cooperation in free associations change our material insecurity for a secure humanity change the individual for the tribe petrol for calories and money for productsBut the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production even if on a small scale in our own gardens We ourselves can cure all the famine all the injustice and all the stupidity of the world We can do it by understanding the way natural systems work by careful forestry and gardening by contemplation and by taking care of the earthTo become a complete person we must travel many paths and to truly own anything we must first of all give it away This is not a riddle Only those who share their multiple and varied skills true friendships and a sense of community and knowledge of the earth know they are safe wherever they go There is no other path for us than that of cooperative productivity and community responsibility


  4. says:

    I found this easier to read practical than the other books Bill wrote A must buy


  5. says:

    An interesting book with lots of ideas and information about permaculture although very prescriptive with little theory or evidence although I'm hoping to get that from David Holmgren's book Permaculture Principles Pathways Beyond Sustainability which is sitting next to me But my main issue for not giving this book a higher rating is that Bill Mollison just isn't a good writer I didn't feel inspired about permaculture like I did with Toby Hemenway's book Gaia's Garden which I read at the same time As far as introductions to permaculture go I would definitely recommend Toby's book over Bill's


  6. says:

    An extraordinary book by an extraordinary person In starting this book I expected to find lots of instruction techniue information dull stuff What I didn't expect is a strong voice for hope change and philosophy I expected to learn how to but I didn't expect the wisdomFor example after unsuccessfully protesting the degregation of the environment for two years he vowed never to waste his time opposing anything ever again Instead he created a way of living that leaves the land healthier for the efforts and could go on permanentlyHe emphasized imagination and planning over back breaking labor He shifts your thinking from seeing problems to seeing a potential resource How can the strong coastal wind be leveraged or at least mitigated or sun or wet He encourages you to see waste items as products eg chickens produce eggs and meat but they also provide methane manures feathers heat etc all of which can be leveraged and cycled back into the system Everything on the system can and should serve multiple purposes It all takes thought and care in the planning stages then continue refinement as your system matures and changesBits of Bill's wisdomHarmony with nature is only possible if we abandon the idea of superiority over natureThe only limit on the number of uses a resource possible within a system is the limit of the information and the imagination of the designerCooperation not competition is the keyWork where it counts Plant a tree where it is happy to grow Teach and mentor those who are ready and willing I think we feel the most success when we convert someone But time and energy are better spent on those that want to know what we have to share and will run with itTidiness is something that happens when compulsive activity replaced thoughtful creativityTo be a complete person we must travel many paths and to truly own anything we must first of all give it awayI also learned many new and wonderful words Like aforestation and polyculture Instead of protesting deforestation he speaks about creating forests Instead of bashing mono culture he encourages us to see and find polycultures as a system that will provide and support itself and insulates us from crop failuresWell done Bill From the momentum that permaculture is gaining I think your time creating and teaching was indeed effective than your time protesting


  7. says:

    Seeing that this Introduction book was actually a collection of pamphlets which in turn was a transcript of a Permaculture course back in 1981 I thought I might skim through it before putting it away Boy was I wrong It is filled with interesting ideas making one want to try them Mollison is a genius and now I feel like attending one of his courses in person


  8. says:

    A great way to start learning about permaculture It has been many years since I read this book cover to cover but I use it as a reference freuently After spending a lot of time and money on professional permaculture classes I've discovered that really everything you need to know is in this book with the assistance of Google searches and deep thinking


  9. says:

    A must for anyone wanting to get the basics of Bill Mollisons permaculture practices without having to read the full 559 page 'Permaculture a designers' manual' It has everything you need with good descriptions and principles that are easy to follow I love this book and refer to it often during my studies


  10. says:

    Great resource for providing models of thought regarding efficient production of human use and animal use products that is self supporting sustainable and scientific in its approach