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Mollison's Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to PermacultureI have to confess that my grand plan of slowly working through both Gaia's Garden and Introduction to Permaculture in tandem with Will Hooker's online permaculture course fell by the wayside.  My edition of Mollison's book didn't have the right page numbers, and it was more interesting than either of the other information sources, so I zipped ahead to finish Introduction to Permaculture before listening to more lectures or reading more of Gaia's Garden.

Which is all a long way of saying --- even though I didn't get into Mollison's book when I first tried it several years ago, I now consider Introduction to Permaculture to be the best way for those new to permaculture to get a sampling of dominant ideas in the field.  You'll be introduced to Salatin-style grazing, greywater management, no-till gardening, and much more, and will be inspired by line drawings that make you want to jump out there and put some of these ideas into action.  And while I'm usually dubious of books that contain no photos (is this all just philosophizing, or has the author actually tried it?), Mollison is clearly a doer who seasons his text with Permaculture illustratioinwarnings about when each project is likely to succeed or fail.  90% of the time, I even agree with him, even though Mollison gardens in dry Australia and I garden in wet Appalachia.

Stay tuned for some of the highlights of Bill Mollison's book later in this week's lunchtime series, and consider dropping by our chicken blog later in the week where I'll be relating Mollison's tips for grazers.  Or, if you're just tuning in, you might be interested in this post from a few weeks ago about Mollison's approach to forest gardening.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I can't wait to read more of your thoughts- this is a recent interest of mine- I bought Gaia's Garden using some birthday money last month:-).
Comment by Jane Mon Jul 8 14:42:49 2013
Anna, have you seen ?
Comment by Steve A Wed Jul 10 10:31:32 2013
Steve --- That was the other free online course I was considering, but it's located further away from us (so the climate makes things different) and the information didn't seem any better. I only dipped into it lightly, though, so would be curious to hear your review if you watched more of the lectures.
Comment by anna Thu Jul 11 08:11:04 2013
This is a great introduction and overview of permaculture concepts. The book covers a lot of material for initiates to permaculture. So, I do recommend this book as a good introduction to permaculture. Great book to begin wrapping one's thought process around Permaculture; I think this is something that should be required reading in the school system.
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