If you are new to permaculture these are the books I recommend starting with. If you’re not new to permaculture, but haven’t read all the books on this list, you should. The authors provide information that isn’t based around techniques, but rather offer ways to look at the world that allow us to build and use the strategies and techniques that are appropriate for the landscape we find ourselves working in. They help to move us away from thinking about what we can do, and towards making the best decision about why we might do something.
Reading them in order is the preferable way to work through them. However if you’ve already read some, don’t worry. Start with the first one you haven’t read and work your way down through the rest.
- The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
- Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
- Permaculture by David Holmgren
- Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, Second Edition by Rosemary Morrow
Though I’d prefer you borrow one from you library, or pick up a used copy from a local bookstore, if you do decide to purchase these books each title is a link that takes you to the publisher or distributor within the United States. For The One-Straw Revolution that is New York Review Books. For the others that is Chelsea Green, via affiliate links. Purchasing the books through the Chelsea Green links go to help support the show.
If you’ve read these books, or after reading them, let me know what you think.
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