100 Best Permaculture & Homesteading Books: The Ultimate Reading List for Sustainable Living

Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 12:19 am by jmccharen

Reposted from Permaculture Media!

This fabulous blogger has compiled an exhaustive list of books on various permaculture and homesteading topics. And of course, you’ll find tons of Chelsea Green titles amongst them. Even better, she’s included links to ebook previews for many — and a few have full-length ebooks available online.

Take a look at her top ten below, then pop on over to her website to read the rest of the list. In fact, bookmark it so you’ll always have it as a reference!

If you’ve ever considered getting into Permaculture, or if you’re a veteran Permaculturist who’s looking for a new skill to master, the following resources are the absolute best places for you to get started. Each of these books has the potential to introduce you to a whole new skill that you can enjoy for literally the rest of your life!

You will find here links to over 60 Free eBook previews and full eBooks!

Feel free to post down at the bottom if there are other books you would include on this list.

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Permaculture – Introductions to the Subject

1.http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YKLMbBxytZA/TkkAFD10QeI/AAAAAAAACWA/fPvtjCPn7qY/s1600/Gaia%2527s+Garden+Permaculture.jpgGaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway – The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.

This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.


Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison – Abundantly illustrated with detailed diagrams and line drawings throughout. Includes a listing of useful Permaculture plants with descriptions and uses, and a further species list in useful categories. The book is set out as a step-by-step introduction to Permaculture with detailed instructions. Using simple language it describes the range of Permaculture for general consumption.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bvfv7q38RR8/Tl_fV-0LFuI/AAAAAAAACaM/dPCe6QZ0hmo/s1600/basic_of_permaculture_design.jpgThe Basics Of Permaculture Design by Ross Mars – Packed with useful tips, clear illustrations, and a wealth of experience, it guides you through designs for gardens, urban and rural properties, water harvesting systems, animal systems, permaculture in small spaces like balconies and patios, farms, schools, and ecovillages. This is both a do-it-yourself guide for the enthusiast and a useful reference for permaculture designers.




http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eSAkSNgX7xg/TRh5439SNPI/AAAAAAAAAdQ/LbBxVZzlJrM/s320/Permaculture+in+a+Nutshell.jpgPermaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield - is a concise and accessible introduction to the principles and practice of permaculture in temperate climates. It covers how permaculture works in the city, the country and on the farm and explores ways in which people can work together to recreate real communities. This inspiring book clearly describes how we can live fruitfully and sustainably and is essential reading for anyone wishing to reduce their environmental impact.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WIOwLvD9w3k/TfsSmkysdxI/AAAAAAAABr8/cVkFmX_i2QE/s1600/Getting+Started+in+Permaculture.jpgGetting Started In Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens by Ross Mars, Jenny Mars – delivers step-by-step knowledge for a variety of useful projects including: making herb fertilizers, compost, organic sprays for pest control, and much, much more. It also includes how to recycle your soft drink bottles, waste paper, and tires in a number of useful projects such as ponds, fruit fly traps, retailing walls, and solar stills. Permaculture experts Ross and Jenny Mars outline the steps to transform your garden into a productive living system.



The Permaculture Way: Practical Steps to Create a Self-Sustaining World by Graham Bell – shows us how to consciously design a lifestyle which is low in environmental impact and highly productive. It demonstrates how to meet our needs, make the most of resources by minimizing waste and maximizing potential, and still leave the Earth richer than we found it. Graham Bell is the former editor of Permaculture News.

Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow – Fundamentally, permaculture is design science and in this new edition design is emphasised. This book will be most beneficial if you apply it to the space where you live and work. The same principles apply for becoming more sustainable and living lightly whether you live in a small city apartment with a balcony, in a house with a garden in the suburbs, or on acreage in the country.

 Permaculture – More in depth


Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison – This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988. It is the textbook and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design. Written for teachers, students and designers, it follows on and greatly enlarges on the initial introductory texts, permaculture One (1978) and Permaculture Two (1979) both of which are still in demand over twenty years after publication. It covers design methodologies and strategies for both urban and rural applications, describing property design and natural farming techniques.




Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren – For students and teachers of Permaculture this book provides something more fundamental and distilled than Mollison’s encyclopedic Designers Manual. For the general reader it provides refreshing perspectives on a range of environmental issues and shows how permaculture is much more than just a system of gardening. For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations of sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading. Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren’s own place, Melliodora, and other practical examples.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_eSAkSNgX7xg/TROfGkWs4YI/AAAAAAAAAZc/_VXwp5Ljmow/s320/The+Earth+Care+Manual+A+Permaculture+Handbook+For+Britain+%2526+Other+Temperate+Climates.jpgThe Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook For Britain & Other Temperate Climates by Patrick Whitefield – The long-awaited exploration of permaculture specifically for cooler Northern Hemisphere climates is finally here! Already regarded as the definitive book on the subject, The Earth Care Manual is accessible to the curious novice as much as it is essential for the knowledgeable practitioner. Patrick Whitefield is a permaculture teacher, writer, designer, and consulting editor for Permaculture Magazine. He is the author of the mini-classic Permaculture in a Nutshell, which has been translated into four languages.

  • eBook preview:  The Earth Care Manual

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