Lesson Seven
How can I learn more about permaculture?

In this lesson you will find:

Permaculture demonstration sites

This is a list of communities and locations that are practicing permaculture or incorporating permaculture etics and principles into their lifestyle.

  1. -       Village Homes in Davis, CA (http://www.lgc.org/villagehomes/)
  2. -       Valle Cielo in Santa Fe, NM
  3. -       Riverpearl Farm in Glen Rock, PA
  4. -       Heathcote Community in Freeland, MD
  5. -       Earthaven Ecovillage, Black Mountain, NC

Permaculture design course and certification

The course is offered at Heathcote in two formats, a two-week intensive course in a residential setting or an extended course with home study components interspersed with ten days of class meetings for hands-on work.

Go to www.heathcote.org for more information or call Karen Stupski at 410-343-DIRT.

Permaculture websites

  1. www.heathcote.org
  2. www.permaculture.net
  3. www.permacultureinternational.org
  4. www.attra.ncat.gov
  5. www.permaculture.org.uk
  6. www.networkhearth.org

Permaculture books and articles

*Those with asterisks are good resources to begin with.

Ecological design - general

Alexander, Christopher, et.al.  1977.  A Pattern Language:  Towns, Building, Construction

Mars, Ross.  The Basics of Permaculture Design.

McHarg, Ian.  1969.  Design with Nature.  The Natural History Press.

*Mollison, Bill with Reny Slay.  1991.  Introduction to Permaculture.  Tyalgum, Australia:  Tagari.

*Mollison, Bill.  1988.  Permaculture:  A Designer’s Manual. Tyalgum, Australia:  Tagari.

Morrow, Rosemary.  1993.  Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture.  Kenthurst NSW:  Kangaroo Press.

Seymour, John and Herbert Girardet.  1987.  Blueprint for a Green Planet:  Your Practical Guide to Restoring the World’s Environment.  New York:  Prentice Hall.

Smyser, Carol A.  Nature’s Design.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

Todd, John and Nancy.  Bioshelter, Ocean Arks, City Farming:  Ecology as the Basis of Design.

*Van der Ryn, Sim and Stuart Cowan.  1996.  Ecological Design.  Washington D.C.:  Island Press.


Agenda 21  The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.  1992.

Bookchin, Murray.  1980.  Toward an Ecological Society.  Montreal:  Black Rose Books.

Brown, Lester.  1981.  Building a Sustainable Society.  New York:  W. W. Norton.

Meadows, Donella, Dennis Meadows, et.al. 1972.  The Limits to Growth. New York:  Signet.

National Research Council.  1999.  Our Common Journey:  A Transition Toward Sustainability.  Washington DC:  National Academy Press.

Revelle, Penelope and Charles.  The Global Environment:  Securing a Sustainable Future.

*Wackernagel, Mathis and William Rees.  Our Ecological Footprint:  Reducing Human Impact on the Earth.  Gabriola Island, B.C.:  New Society Publishers.

World Commission on Economic Development.  1987.  Our Common Future. New York:  Oxford University Press.

Ecological Restoration

*Sauer, Leslie Jones.  1998.  The Once and Future Forest:  A Guide to Forest Restoration Strategies.  Washington, D.C.:  Island Press.

Shelter systems

Anderson, Bruce.  1987.  The New Solar Home Book.  Andover, MA:  Brick House Books.

Berthold-Bond, Annie.  1990.  Clean and Green:  The Complete Guide to Nontoxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping.  Woodstock, NY:  Ceres Press.

Borer, Pat and Cindy Harris.  1998.  The Whole House Book:  Ecological Building Design and Materials.  Machynlleth, Powys, UK:  Centre for Alternative Technology Publications.

Kennedy, Joseph, Michael G. Smith and Catherine Wanek, eds.  2002.  The Art of Natural Building:  Design, Construction, Resources.  Gabriola Island, Canada:  New Society Publishers.

Kern, Ken.  The Owner Built Home.

*Kilbert, Charles, ed. Reshaping the Built Environment:  Ecology, Ethics and Economics.  Washington, DC:  Island Press, 1999.

King, Bruce.  1996.  Buildings of Earth and Straw:  Structural Design for Rammed Earth and Straw-bale Architecture.  Saulsalito, CA:  Ecological Design Press.

Mazria, Edward.  1979.  The Passive Solar Energy Book:  A Complete Guide to Passive Solar Home, Greenhouse and Building Design.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

MacDonald, S.O. and Orien MacDonald.  A Straw Bale Primer

Nisson, J.D. and Gautam Dutt.  1985.  The Superinsulated House Book.  John Wiley.

Reynolds, Michael.  Earthships, Volumes I - III.

Smith, Michael.  1998.  The Cobber’s Companion

Rodale, ed.  Solarizing Your Present Home.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

University of Minnesota, Underground Space Center.  Earth Sheltered Housing Designs, Guidelines, examples, references.

Van Dresser, Peter.  1977.  Passive Solar House Basics.  Santa Fe, NW:  Ancient City Press.

Energy systems

Andrassy, Stella.  1978.  The Solar Food Dryer Book.  Earth Books.

Bainbridge.  The Integral Passive Solar Water Heater Book.

Coffin, W. and R. Alward.  1986.  A Design Guide for Underground Heat Storage Systems.  Quebec:  Brace Research Institute.

Fowler Solar Electric.  1989.  The Solar Electric Independent Home Book.


Hinrichs, Roger A.  1996.  Energy:  Its Use and the Environment.  Saunders College Publishing.

*Holmgren, David. “Energy and Permaculture,” The Permaculture Activist 31, May 1994.

Inversin, Allen.  1986.  Micro Hydropower Sourcebook.  Intermadiate Technology Group of North America.

Rodale Press, Producing Your Own Power:  How to Make Nature’s Energy Sources Work for You.

Saxenian, Mike and Ken Saxenian.  1986.  Appropriate Technology Sourcebook.  Stanford, CA:  Volunteers in Asia.

Schaeffer, John, ed.  1992.  The Alternative Energy Sourcebook:  A Comprehensive Guide to Energy Sensible Technologies.  Ukiah, CA:  Real Goods Trading Corporation.

U.S. Government.  Small Scale Wind, Hydro and Photovoltaic Systems.  Washington, DC:  U.S. Government Printing Office.

Water systems

Campbell, Stu.  1978.  The Home Water Supply:  How to Find, Filter, Store and Conserve It.  NY:  Bootstrap Publications.

Dunne, Thomas and Luna Leopold.  1978.  Water in Environmental Planning.  W.H. Freeman.

Ludwig, Art.  Date?  Builder’s Greywater Guide:  Installation of Greywater Systems in New Construction and Remodeling. Santa Barbara, CA:  PIP Printing.

*Ludwig, Art.  1994.  Create an Oasis with Greywater:  Your Complete Guide to Managing Greywater in the Landscape.  Santa Barbara, CA:  PIP Printing.

Matson, Tim.  1991.  Earth Ponds:  The Country Pond Maker’s Guide to Building, Maintenance and Restoration. 

*Riley, A. L., et. al.  1981.  Captured Rainfall:  Small-Scale Water Supply Systems.  California:  Department of Water Resources, The Resources Agency.

Watt, S. B.  1984.  Ferrocement Water Tanks and Their Construction.  London:  Intermadiate Technology Publications, Ltd.

Waste disposal and nutrient recycling systems

Appelhof, Mary.  1982.  Worms Eat My Garbage.  Flower Press.

*Del Porto, David and Carol Steinfeld. 1999.  The Composting Toilet Systems Book:  A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems, an Alternative to Sewer and Septic Systems. Concord, MA:  The Center for Ecological Pollution Prevention.

EPA.  1988.  Constructed Wetlands and Aquatic Plant Systems for Municipal Wastewater Treatment.  Washington, DC:  EPA Office of Research and Development.  EPA/625/1-88/022.

EPA.  1980.  Onsite Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems. Washington, DC:  EPA Office of Research and Development.  EPA 625/1-80-012.

Grant, Nick, Mark Moodie, and Chris Weedon.  2000.  Sewage Solutions:  Answering the Call of Nature.  Machynlleth, Powys, UK:  Centre for Alternative Technology Publications.

Harper, Peter and Louise Halestrap.  1999.  Lifting the Lid:  An Ecological Approach to Toilet Systems. Machynlleth, Powys, UK:  Centre for Alternative Technology Publications.

*Jenkins, J.C.  1994.  The Humanure Handbook:  A Guide to Composting Human Manure.  Grove City, PA:  Jenkins Publishing.

National Small Flows Clearinghouse, West Virginia University, PO Box 6064, Morgantown, WV,  26506-6064.  1-800-624-8301.  More than 200 publications.

TVA.  1991.  General Design, Construction and Operation Guidelines:  Constructed Wetlands Wastewater Treatment Systems for Small Users Including Individual Residences.  Chattanooga: Tennessee Valley Authority.

Food production systems

Bell, Graham.  1994.  The Permaculture Garden.  London:  Thorsons.

Coleman, Eliot.  1992.  Four Season Harvest:  How to harvest fresh, organic vegetables from your home garden all year long.  White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Company.

Crawford, Martin.  1992.  Directory of Useful Plants for Temperate Climates.  Devon, UK:  Agroforestry Research Trust.

Duke, James.  1992.  Handbook of Edible Weeds.  Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press.

Facciola, Stephen.  1990.  Cornucopia:  A Source Book of Edible Plants.  Kampong Pub.

Fishman, Ram.  1986.  The Handbook for Fruit Explorers.  Chapin, IL:  North American Fruit Explorers.

Fukuoka, Masanobu.  1978.  The One-Straw Revolution:  An Introduction to Natural Farming.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

Hart, Robert.  1991.  Forest Gardening:  Cultivating an Edible Landscape. White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green Publishing Company.

*Hemenway, Toby.  2001.  Gaia’s Garden:  A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture.  White River Junction, VT:  Chelsea Green.

Hunt, Marjorie and B. Bortz.  1986.  High-Yield Gardening:  How to Get More from Your Garden Space and More From Your Gardening Season.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

Jaynes, Richard A., ed.  1979.  Nut Tree Culture in North America.  New Carlise, OH:  Northern Nut Growers Association.

*Jeavons, John.  1974.  How to Grow More Vegetables than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land than You can Imagine.  Palo Alto, CA:  Ecology Action.

*Kourik, Robert.  1986.  Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally.  Metamorphic Press.

Logston, Gene.  1981.  Organic Orcharding:  A Grove of Trees to Live In.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

Logston, Gene.  1978.  Getting Food from Water:  a Guide to Backyard Aquaculture

McLarney.  1984.  The Freshwater Aquaculture Book:  A Handbook for Small Scale Fish Culture in North America.  Cloudburst Press.

McLeod, Edward.  1982.  Feed the Soil.  Organic Agricultural Research Institute, Box 475, Graton, CA  95444.

Reinjntjes, Coen, Bertus Haverkort and Ann Waters-Bayer.  1992.  Farming for the Future:  an Introduction to Low-External-Input and Sustainable Agriculture.  Macmillian.

Rodale, Robert.  1971.  The Basic Book of Organic Gardening.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

Schuler, Stanley and E. Schuler.  1973.  Preserving the Fruits of the Earth:  How to ‘Put Up’ Almost Every Food Grown in the United States in Almost Every Way.  Galahad Books.

Smith, J. Russell.  1929, 1950.  Tree Crops:  A Permanent Agriculture.  Island Press.

Tilth.  1982.  The Future is Abundant:  A Guide to Sustainable Agriculture.  Arlington, WA:  Tilth.

Whealy, Kent.  198?.  Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory.  Seed Savers Publications.

*Whitefield, Patrick.  1996.  How to Make a Forest Garden.  Hampshire:  Permanent Publications.

Yepson, Roger.  1981.  Home Food Systems:  Rodale’s Catalog of Methods and Tools for Producing, Processing, and Preserving Naturally Good Foods.  Emmaus, PA:  Rodale Press.

Culture and Social Organization

*Butler, C.T. and Amy Rothstein.  1991.  On Conflict and Consensus:  a Handbook on Formal Consensus Decisionmaking.  Portland, ME:  Food Not Bombs Publishing.

*Chinn, Peggy L.  1995.  Peace and Power:  Building Communities for the Future.  New York:  NLN Press.

*Durning, Alan.  How Much is Enough?  The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth.  New York:  W.W. Norton, 1992.

Eisler, Riane.  1987.  The Chalice and the Blade.  New York:  HarperCollins.

Eisler, Riane and David Loye.  1990.  The Partnership Way.  New York:  HarperCollins.

Macy, Joanna.  1998.  Coming Back to Life:  Practice to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World.  Gabriola Island:  New Society Publishers.

Starhawk.  1990.  Truth or Dare:  Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery.  San Francisco:  Harper.


*Brandt, Barbara.  1995.  Whole Life Economics:  Revaluing Daily Life.  Gabriola Island:  New Society Publishers.

Greco, Tom.  New Money for Healthy Communities.

Hawken, Paul.  The Ecology of Commerce.  New York:  HarperCollins, 1993.

Hawken, Paul, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins.  1999.  Natural Capitalism.  Boston:  Little, Brown & Co.

Kennedy, Margrit.  1988.  Interest and Inflation Free Money:  How to Create an Exchange Medium that Works for Everybody.  Steyerberg, West Germany:  Permakultur Publikationen.

Nattrass, Brian and Mary Altomare. 1999.  The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology and the Evolutionary Corporation. Gabriola Island:  New Society Publishers.

*Schumacher, E. F.  1973.  Small is Beautiful:  Economics as if People Mattered.  New York:  Harper and Row.

Urban Permaculture

*Olkowski, Helga and Bill, Tom Javits and the Farallones Institute Staff.  1979.  The Integral Urban House:  Self-Reliant Living in the City.  Sierra Club Books.

*O’Meara, Molly.  Reinventing Cities for People and the Planet.  Worldwatch Paper #147.

Register, Richard and Brady Peeks.  1997.  Village Wisdom/Future Cities:  The Third International Ecocity and Ecovillage Conference.  Oakland:  Ecocity Builders.

Spirn, Anne.  1984.  The Granite Garden.  Basic Books.

Walter, Bob, Lois Arkin and Richard Crenshaw.  1992.  Sustainable Cities:  Concepts and Strategies for Eco-City Development.  Los Angeles:  Eco-Home Media.

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