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chelseagreen.com writes…

“…Jeremiah from Wisconsin asks:
In Bill Mollison’s seminal book, he talks a lot about all sorts of natural patterns such as fractals, wave patterns, etc… Most of it went way over my head. How do you use these mathematical patterns in your actual permaculture designs?

Toby Hemenway: Patterning is a hard concept to grasp at first, and I have several chapters written on a book on patterning in design. Permaculturists look at what functions the design is supposed to achieve—how are we moving people and materials around, blocking wind, creating warm microclimates, etc —and then look for patterns that help do that.

For example, nature uses branching patterns to collect and distribute energy and materials, the way roots and branches of a tree collect and distribute sun, water, and nutrients. If there are places to collect or distribute things in our design, maybe a branching pattern is needed. That’s why many garden paths are in a branching pattern; we’re collecting and distributing water, food, mulch, compost materials, and so on. Mound and lobe patterns can increase surface area and exposure—are there places that we need to do that? Spirals are usually patterns of growth and flow—where are those things going on in the design?

Working well with patterns means understanding how a few basic patterns are used in nature—how is nature working with branches, waves, spirals, fractals, pulses, networks, and such?—and seeing what functions we have going on in our design—are things in the design collecting, growing, strengthening, flowing toward or away from, and so forth? Then see if there are patterns for arranging the pieces of the design that will do that. We let the design tell us what patterns will make life easier, rather than force a pattern on the design…”

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midwestpermaculture resource page and ebooks.

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Permaculture Media Blog writes…

“If you’ve ever considered getting intoPermaculture, 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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Learn how to:

  • Grow food in an era of wild weather and climate change
  • Garden with little to no irrigation or “store-bought” inputs
  • Garden efficiently and comfortably (even with a bad back)
  • Customize your garden to deal with special dietary needs or a need for weight control
  • Make breads and cakes from home-grown corn using original gluten-free recipes (with no other grains, artificial binders, or dairy products)
  • Keep a laying flock of ducks or chickens, integrate them with your gardening, and grow most of their feed
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green-shopping.co.uk writes…

“Permaculture is all about one part of a system trying to help another, so this is our attempt to help replicate that, by sharing permaculture knowledge as freely and as widely as we can.

In this section you’ll find a selection of completely free eBook downloads on permaculture and wider environmental topics, including the fantastic Farmers’ Handbook series by Chris Evans and Jakob Jespersen, which provides a complete grounding in key permaculture techniques in a simple, easy-to-read e-book download format.

On top of that, we are also offering free download copies of Gaia’s Education’s brilliant Four Key series, including the indispensable instruction manual for anyone looking to apply permaculture techniques to communities, Beyond You & Me, and Gaian Economics – a penetrating look at how economics can be made to work in harmony with nature, not against it.

Of course, we’d also love it if you took at look at our great range of paid-for permaculture eBooks as well – we’re sure you’ll find something there of interest too!”

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“The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control” and other “Full View” online books can be found here.

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“The Basics of Permaculture Design, first published in Australia in 1996, is an excellent introduction to these principles, design processes, and the tools needed for designing sustainable gardens, farms, and larger communities. 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. There is even a chapter about appropriate technology, covering photovoltaic, wind and hydro-power, pumping water, and cooking devices such as hayboxes and solar food dryers. This is a both a do-it-yourself guide for the enthusiast and a useful reference for permaculture designers.”

Title The Basics Of Permaculture Design
Author Ross Mars

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