Permaculture Books

"Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture" by Toby Hemenway
  A practical guide to permaculture written in Oregon. Many permaculture books come from Australia and may not address Cascadian issues as well.
Publisher | Powells

Toby is a local (southern Oregon) permaculture instructor & guru who has written an amazing book about the gardening aspect of permaculture. The species, guilds, and strategies outlined in this book are all completely relevant to our temperate climate (no banana tree windbreaks!). Toby takes us through the "whys" as well as the "hows" in one of the most compelling pc books out there.

 

"Permaculture: A Designers' Manual" by Bill Mollison
  The book that pretty much started it all. It is hard to find and the copies at the library can take a while to show due to back orders. On Amazon

Widely regarded as the "bible" of permaculture and written by one of the co-founders of pc, this book is an invaluable resource and sourcebook. It covers not only the environmental aspects of pc, but social, economical, and political structures as well. It is a compilation of one (VERY well-educated) man's vision for a sustainable human society.

 

"Complete Book of Self Sufficiency" by Schumacher, E.E.
  From the author of "Small Is Beautiful". Not exactly permaculture but related. On Amazon

 

"The Earth User's Guide to Permaculture" by Rosemary Morrow
  Written by an Australian teacher, this book is like a workbook with exercises at the end of each section. By the time you have gone through the entire book, you have created a design for your site. The text is easy to understand and charmingly illustrated. A recommended read for those new to permaculture.


"The Permaculture Way" by Graham Bell

  In this book Graham Bell covers the "big picture" of permaculture - societal, economic, social, and WHY it's so important to our future. Another thoroughly readable work by one of Great Britain's foremost teachers and practitioners of permaculture - also a recommended read.

 

"Urban Permaculture" by David Watkins
  For everyone who has ever asked "But I don't have any land - how can I do permaculture?" your answer is here! This is a great book which explores the different aspects of permaculture OTHER than gardening. From right livelihood to supporting local CSA's & other businesses to reducing consumption, this book takes you through the many different ways the urban dweller can practice a more sustainable lifestyle. Very inspiring!

 

"Introduction to Permaculture" by Bill Mollison & Reny Mia Slay
  This is a softbound and more easily readable companion to the Designer's Manual. PC concepts are explained in some detail with lots of diagrams. Definitely a must-read! This was actually written before "Permaculture: A Designers' Manual".

 

"One Straw Revolution", "The Road Back To Nature", and "The Natural Way of Farming" by Masanobu Fukuoka
  Recommended by many permies but we need a description here because your humble webmaster has not read any of them yet.

 

"The Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition" by Bill Mollison
  This book is a survey of fermented foods from around the world and techniques used in making them. Not really a cookbook, it goes into the cultural (no pun intended!) aspects of fermentation and its incredible variety.

 

"Travels in Dreams" by Bill Mollison
  Did you ever wonder what goes on in Bill's mind? What his childhood was like? This autobiography shares many fascinating (and non-chronological) glimpses into the life of one of the founders of permaculture.