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David Holmgren

David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator with Bill Mollison of the permaculture concept following the publication of "Permaculture One" in 1978. Since then he has written several more books, developed three properties using permaculture principles, conducted workshops and courses in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting permaculture ideas through practical projects and teaching by personal example, that a sustainable lifestyle is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism. As well as constant involvement in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability which are highlighted in his latest book, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. With this book already on its second print run, and an increasingly high profile as a public speaker, David Holmgren provides leadership with his refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time.

David lives with his partner Su Dennett and their son Oliver at "Melliodora", a one-hectare permaculture demonstration site at Hepburn Springs, Central Victoria, Australia. Visit his web site at

    David's Books

    Future Scenarios

    How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change

    In Future Scenarios, permaculture co-originator and leading sustainability innovator David Holmgren outlines four scenarios that bring to life the likely cultural, political, agricultural, and economic implications of peak oil and climate change, and the generations-long era of �energy descent� that faces us.

    Hepburn Permaculture Gardens

    Ten Years of Sustainable Living

    From David Holmgren, the co-founder of the permaculture design concept, this book showcases his practical knowledge and day-to-day experience on every page. Hepburn Permaculture Gardens documents the design and development of his family home property (located 120 kilometers from Melbourne in Australia) over its first decade. Starting with two and a half acres of fairly steep, weed-covered, degraded land at the edge of town, the Holmgrens have created a self-reliant homestead that demonstrates how permaculture design principles can be applied.


    Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

    David Holmgren brings into sharper focus the powerful Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970's, drawing together 25 years worth of ideas into twelve simple design principles. Explains the foundations of sustainable design and culture.


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