According to the Permaculture Principles website permaculture allows us to go beyond just being dependent consumers and allows us to become responsible producers. As the idea of permaculture design spreads across the United States many people are seeking to learn more about it. If you are looking to learn more about incorporating permaculture design into your lifestyle there are several great books on the subject. Here are three of my favorite books on permaculture design.
The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
Written by Ben Falk The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach is a great book that is more than just a how-to book on permaculture but is a book that goes into detail concerning permaculture design. The book is based upon research that the author has been working on over the past decade. In the book you will find a great deal of information on permaculture including topics like gravity fed water systems, site management, and the site design process. The book presents readers with viable options for turning their homestead into a food producing ecosystem no matter what type of land they are dealing with, even if the land is not ideal for farming.
The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem
Focusing on organic gardening practices The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem is written by Christopher Shein and will help vegetable gardeners take their gardening practices to the next level. The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem provides readers with easy to follow and practical advice that show readers how to blend a food garden that is functional with a decorative landscape with gardening projects that are within reach of the typical home gardener. The book is not only packed full of information but it is also full of beautiful full-color photos that provide readers with plenty of inspiration.
Getting Started in Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens
A part of the Permanent Publications Simple Living Series Getting Started in Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens is written by Jenny and Ross Mars, who are experts in permaculture. This is a great book for the average gardener who is interested in permaculture as it addresses easy and simple ways that gardeners can make progress towards a permaculture design. If you are looking for an in-depth book on permaculture this is not your best choice as it features only a basic overview of permaculture, which is then followed by fifty permaculture projects that readers can incorporate on their own homesteads.