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Earth User's Guide to Permaculture
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Earth User's Guide to Permaculture

Price: $34.95
Manufacturer: Brumby Books
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Earth User's Guide to Permaculture, By Rosemary Morrow is a manual of practical permaculture, a step by step guide on how to assess and then design a permaculture garden of any size, whether it is a small inner-city balcony, a garden in the suburbs or a large rural property. Included in this new edition are chapters on seed saving, permaculture at work, integrated pest management, information about domestic as well as rural water usage, a non-destructive approach towards dealing with weeds and wildlife and designing to withstand a disaster.


Earth User's Guide to Permaculture

Author:  MORROW, Rosemary

Format: Trade Paperback

ISBN:    9780731812714

Rosamary Morrow has qualifications in Agriculture, Horticulture, rural sociology and adult education.  She is a highly regarded permaculture teacher and has been practising and teaching permaculture in Australia and overseas for 20 years. 

The Earth User's Guide to Permaculture is Illustrated by Rob Allsop, whos warm and accessible illustrations support Rosemary's practical approach to permaculture.

An extract from the book follows:

Before you start permaculture, it is useful to know something of the history and foundations upon which it is built. Permaculture was developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s in response to Earth's soil, water and air pollution by industrial and agricultural systems; loss of plant and animal species; reduction of natural non-renewable resources; and destructive economic systems.

Bill and David reassembled old wisdom, skills and knowledge of plant, animal and social systems, and added new scientific knowledge. Permaculture was born. The result was a new way of sustaining and enriching life without environmental and social degradation. Although many of the parts of permaculture were familiar, it was the overall interlocking framework and pattern that was new, exciting and different.

Unlike modern science which is reductionist, reducing everything to it’s smallest components, permaculture places itself squarely on the shoulders of ecology, the study of inter-relationships and the interdependence of living things and their environment. Permaculture offers an understanding of how biological processes are integrated, and it m it deals primarily with tangibles: plants, soils, water, animal systems, wildlife,bush regeneration, biotechnology, agriculture, forestry, architecture, and society in the areas of economics, land access, bioregions and incomes tied to right livelihood.

How do you make sense of these and weave and weave them into design. Your tools are observation, analysis and synthesis and the result is applied design for sustainable Iiving.

There are many definitions of permaculture. Her is one: ‘Permaculture is about designing sustainable human settlements through ecology and design. It is a philosophy and an approach to land use which weaves together microclimates, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management and human needs into intricately connected productive communities' (Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay, Introduction to Permaculture).

And, as Mollison goes on to say, 'Permaculture is ... working with nature rather than against nature ... of looking at systems in all their functions rather than asking only one yield of them; and of allowing systems to demonstrate their own evolutions.' The main features of the permaculture approach are summarised as follows:

  • It is a synthesis of traditional knowledge and modern science applicable in both urban and rural situations.
  • It works with nature and takes natural systems as models to design sustainable environments that provide for basic human needs and the social and economic infrastructures that support them.
  • It encourages us, and gives us the capacity and opportunity to become a conscious part of the solutions to the many problems that face us locally and globally.

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